Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth. It supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.


Forest School helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try new things out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it.

Our measured age-appropriate approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm, but a more holistic thing, there are risks in everything we do, and we grow by overcoming them. Forest School therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.

Mr Vickers is our Forest School Leader and has a wealth of knowledge and skills related to Land Management and the environment.  He is currently working towards his official Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and has some wonderful ideas to re-vamp the school garden and surrounding areas.

We are extremely lucky at Midgley School to be located in such a wonderful, rural setting with lots of nature at our fingertips!