Forest School | Oxfordshire County Council

Forest School

Forest School session takes place in a specially designated wild woodland environment.

kids walking down road

Forest School uses the woods and forests as a means to build personal confidence and self esteem in children and young people. It is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Forest School in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire has been at the forefront of Forest School in the UK and is one of the first counties to train and resource Forest School Leaders. Since 1995 Oxfordshire Forest School Service has had a team of practitioners whose role is to encourage teachers, nursery staff and youth workers to embrace this exciting approach to learning in challenging natural woodland environments.

Over 300 places such as nurseries and schools in Oxfordshire have regular Forest School embedded in their provision for families, children and young people and the number is rapidly growing.

Hill End

Now based at the beautiful 65 acre Hill End site, Oxfordshire Forest School Service continues to provide quality training and support for practitioners to lead Forest School in their settings.

Oxfordshire Forest School Service hosts Forest Tots in term time, where babies and toddlers are brought to enjoy the rich play opportunities Hill End offers.

Outdoor experiences

The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the learners. Children, young people and families may enjoy such experiences as:

  • building dens
  • playing hide and seek
  • telling stories
  • cooking over small fires
  • climbing trees
  • hunting for minibeasts
  • making mud pies


Oxfordshire Forest School Service provides quality training at Hill End. Our experienced and friendly trainers run rigorous, nationally recognised courses equipping practitioners to motivate and inspire their learners in challenging outdoor play environments. For more details contact Oxfordshire Forest School Service.

Last reviewed
27 September 2016
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