Warwickshire Forest School
The story in Warwickshire.
A partnership between Warwickshire
Wildlife Trust and Warwickshire County Council in 2004 sparked a
Forest School Pilot in parts of Rugby and Central Warwickshire.
Schools and setting across the region were invited to train to
become Forest School Leaders and deliver Forest School sessions to
the children in one of the newly created Forest School Hub sites
located across the county. The project was a success and more and
more people wanted to access the training.
Forest School Leaders, realising that they
could run Forest School sessions in a variety of landscapes started
to set up Forest School sites in their own school grounds or their
This proved more sustainable then bussing
children to and from central locations and made the Forest School
Leaders Qualification much more accessible to all.
In 2007 Forest School was given an even
bigger push to the forefront thanks to a partnership project
between Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and local councils which
secured a grant of £327,000 from HLF to employ Forest School
Co-ordinators for each local authority area and train even more
people to become Forest School Leaders. To date this project has
been a huge success. By the end of the three years over 90 new
Forest School leaders will have been trained to work with local
schools, setting and other educational establishments.
Today Warwickshire has 63 trained leaders
in setting across the region. Approximately 1500 children
participate in Forest School session throughout the year. In total,
17 Early Years Settings, 19 Primary Schools, 2 Ranger Services and
the organisation, Positive About Young People all have Forest
School Leaders and with Forest School training set to be around a
while longer that figure is sure to grow.