Forest School

New for 2018

Forest Schools


Come and join our fully accredited level 3 qualified Forest School staff for an outdoor learning experience your students will never forget.

What is forest school?


“A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.”

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in an outdoor environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.

Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit through play, learning about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. 

Lee Valley Park Forest School programmes run throughout the year, Children play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.

Why choose the Lee Valley Park?

•       Trained forest school leaders
•       Risk assessed activities
•       Links to the National Curriculum

The Benefits of forest school for your pupils include:

•       Builds confidence and self esteem
•       Embraces Natural play
•       Inspires Self Awareness
•       Encourages greater empathic understanding
•       Improves social communication skills
•       Supports Independent thinking
•       Helps produce a  positive mental attitude


Who are Forest Schools sessions aimed at:

•       Pre-school classes
•       Primary School groups
•       Nurture groups
•       S.E.N. groups
•       Secondary groups


What are Forest Schools sessions comprised of?

A range of outdoor activities from within the following categories:
•       Sensory Games
•       Bushcraft
•       Woodland arts and crafts
•       Team building
•       Wildlife conservation
•       Imaginitive activities
•       Physical play
•       Construction
•       Story telling
•       Natural exploration
•       Sessions are 1.5-2 hours in duration

Teachers guide available

kids jumping

The content of the programme will be devised according to the group’s age, ability and needs.

Our courses are weekly sessions of two hours for six weeks delivered morning or afternoon

These are led by an experienced environmental educator and have clear curriculum linked objectives. In each session the group will participate in a variety of activities with time for free play and exploration. We are happy to deliver forest school sessions in our wonderful open spaces within the Lee Valley Park or come to your school if you are local to us and if you have access to open spaces within the grounds. All activities and the site are risk assessed.

We also offer a 1 1/2 to 2 hour, one off forest school taster session which is a great introduction for groups wanting to find out more about the power of forest schools.

Greenfield Nursery, November 2017 - March 2018


A great experience for the young ones


It was nice that we were not rushed with the activities and the children need a chance to consolidate the games. This really helped with confidence


The children are now more engaged with their outdoor environment and continue to learn and thrive in the outdoors


Charges and bookings

Please contact us by phone or email to discuss your requirements and make a booking.

Taster session  

 £5.00 per pupil

6 weekly two hour sessions 

£4.50 per pupil per week

Additional charges may be made for initial site checks and travel costs if you wish us to deliver sessions within your school.


Contact us today for more information or to book your Forest School learning experience today.


03000 030 618*

Abbey Farmhouse
Abbey Gardens
Waltham Abbey
Essex EN9 1XQ

*Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number. This applies to calls from any type of line, including mobile.




Lee Valley Park Youth and Schools Service



Abbey Farmhouse
Abbey Gardens
Waltham Abbey
Essex EN9 1XQ

03000 030 618*

*Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number. This applies to calls from any type of line, including mobile.


Our accreditations


All outdoor learning programmes are led by experienced staff. All Youth & Schools tutors are Makaton trained.
We also have the following accreditations:


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