Ashbridge Independent School is celebrating its success at becoming a Recognised Forest School Provider by offering children an opportunity to experience ‘good practice’ Forest School.Advertisement
Forest Leader and Deputy Headteacher of the school in Lindle Lane, Hutton, Arthur Wood said: “At Ashbridge we have been delivering Forest School for many years and the Forest School Association’s (FSA) Recognised Forest School Provider scheme has been a key goal for our Forest School team.
“The principles of Forest School are a key part of education at Ashbridge and play a significant part in our academic excellence. Forest School is integral to Ashbridge and its ethos is embedded with staff, children and parents who see the value of the Forest School approach.
“With this award we become one of the few recognised FSA Forest School Providers in the country, an achievement that we are rightly proud of.”
Forest School is a specialised learning approach based in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
In October 2017, the Forest School Association (FSA) – the UK’s professional body and voice for all things Forest School – launched a new scheme to recognise Forest School Providers who demonstrated that they are following good Forest School practice – the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme.
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Gareth Wyn Davies, CEO of the Forest School Association says: “Good Forest School practice is being followed by dedicated Forest School professionals all over the UK.
“We believe that the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme will provide these schools and organisations with the means of demonstrating the quality of their work to parents and those who fund their work.
“It will also help promote their work as they will be found on the FSA publicly searchable map. Forest School is a distinct learning approach based on a set of 6 principles. Our scheme helps people identify those providers who are following good Forest School practice and distinguishes them from other outdoor education that is not Forest School.
“We therefore congratulate Ashbridge Independent School on their success at becoming an approved ‘good practice’ provider.”
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The scheme takes providers through an evidence based assessment process ensuring that their practice meets all the necessary requirements to operate professionally in line with the 6 good practice principles of Forest School.
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It also gives providers a chance to take stock of their programmes to see if any improvements need to be made.
Feedback from successful applicants who have been through the application process has so far proved positive but ultimately the real success comes from the participants using Forest School.
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