This information is for parents of children about to start attending our sessions at St John’s School, Kingston.
Forest School is a process that offers all types of learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through different types of learning in the enveloping environment of a woodland. We and your school have developed a program of activity to help your child achieve their full potential. Forest School is child led and designed to be fun. Whilst at the sessions they can play, climb, jump, build, create, sit quietly, reflect, think, run, discover, and most importantly grow; at their pace.
Below is some guidance on what your child should wear and a consent form for you to fill out and submit in order for your child to attend. We look forward to welcoming them to the sessions!
Stephen Simpson (Forest School Leader)
What to wear
We will be out in the forest whatever the weather. I have put together a simple guide of what your children will be expected to wear over their school uniform when participating in Forest School.
- 1 Pair fully waterproof trousers
- 1 Fully waterproof coat with hood
- 1 Pair of wellies
My son attends forest school and I have learnt the waterproofs need to be tough. I find a pair of waterproof dungarees are ideal as he often doesn’t wear his coat when it’s not raining and they help protect his uniform. I buy his waterproofs online at www.muddyfaces.co.uk and find “Togz” to be great quality. – Stephen.
Please fill out and submit the consent form below in order for your child to be able to take part in forest school activities. Information supplied on the form will be held securely.
Who will be at the sessions
Stephen Simpson has worked for over twenty years with 3-18 year olds in creative environments in both state and independent schools. He undertook the Level Three Forest School Leaders course in 2017 and works with forest schools throughout the local area.
He is a passionate believer in using alternative learning methods with children who need help coping with the pressures of the modern classroom. This led him to the forest school ethos.
Stephen has an adopted son with special education and behavioural needs.
Sam Taylor-Colls PhD is a Research Psychologist who has been working with vulnerable children and families for the last 14 years.
She has successfully written and completed her PhD looking at the relationship between a child’s social environment and their emotional development.
Sam works collaboratively with health care professionals, local authorities and educational establishments to nurture and protect children’s emotional well-being.