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Bradley Stoke Community School

Forest School

Being only yards away from Scholars Copse, our pupils enjoy access to a Forest School site on their doorstep. The area offers an exceptional space for the children to play and learn.  In October 2016, we became a Gold ‘Green Tree’ school; an award given by the Woodland Trust.  The award recognises the value we place on the outdoor environment as a key element of our children’s learning experiences.


Forest Schools Presentation - June 2017











Forest School is an inspirational process that offers pupils regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. It is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Benefits of Forest School

  • Provides real life experiences
  • A relaxed environment
  • Focuses on teamwork
  • Provides more freedom, physically and mentally
  • Encourages creativity
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves language and communication skills
  • Encourages/improves social skills
  • Encourages curiosity and imagination
  • Provides an increased awareness/self-belief
  • An opportunity to learn about risk and how to deal with it
  • Improves physical agility and coordination
  • Encourages problem solving and critical thinking
  • Provides exciting new challenges/activities/opportunities
  • Encourages/improves resistance and perseverance
  • Encourages an awareness of the local environment/community/wildlife  







Young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being. Pupils particularly enjoy the mud kitchen and we’re so pleased to be able to offer this outstanding provision.       Sharon Clark, Head of BSCS Primary Phase