‘Forest School’ is a unique method of outdoor education that allows learners to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

This is achieved by setting small achievable tasks so that the learner is never put in a position where they will fail, so success is attained. It provides the opportunity for our young people to participate in self-led play; instigating and exploring their own ideas creatively.

Learners are carefully guided and learn to take appropriate risks, therefore developing confidence and trust within themselves and others.

Heltwate School aims to use the natural outdoor woodland area to facilitate outdoor learning which encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, take appropriate risks within boundaries and initiate learning for themselves.