Staff at The Grange Therapeutic School have long understood the value of using our beautiful natural setting to provide an alternate educational provision for students. Our strong Outdoor Education programme allows boys to exercise their bodies and minds while earning qualifications in BikeAbility, rock climbing, mountain biking and more. The Grange is pleased to announce that we will be adding Forest Schools to our therapeutic offerings for boys across both school sites, from September 2017.
Teachers Liam Walsh and David Hearn are currently training to become Forest Schools Level 3 Practitioners, using selected classes from the Lower and Upper schools to conduct a pilot programme this summer term. Once their training and assessments are complete this Autumn, they will be offering a Forest Schools programme to classes throughout the school.
Forest School consists of using child-led activities in the outdoors to have a positive impact on pupils’ confidence, well-being and resilience, as well as meeting their SMSC development needs. It has been shown to have success across the UK and around the world in allowing children the space to grow, explore, have “safe risk,” and learn vital skills. Fun activities, practical skills, and educational opportunities abound in the outdoor environment – and we have some excellent facilities and grounds to use. The boys will even have a chance to earn Unit Awards and Level 1 qualifications throughout the course by successful participation and responsible learning of the concepts vital to Forest School.