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Lewis

Founder - Director - Safeguarding Lead - Forest Leader

Born in rural Dorset, Lewis has been immersed in the world of bush-craft and practical outdoor skills from a young age. 

Lewis' teaching practice is centered around a holistic and child-led approach. He believes children's natural curiosity needs to be fostered where ever possible.

“...generating ideas for improvement, setting and maintaining high performance standards, mixed in with an enthusiastic and energetic style of teaching. He engages the children using a robust and creative narrative, approaching situations in a novel and flexible way. ”

— D. Serle, Primary Academies Trust

Lewis is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and currently holds a certificate in pediatric first aid.

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Gemma

Director - Forest Leader

Gemma is a Level 3 Forest School Leader and qualified teacher. She has been leading Forest School groups from toddlers up to adult, in both woodland settings and local schools, for the last three years.

Growing up in Dorset, Gemma trained as an actor, then English and Drama teacher, going on to teach for 9 years in inner London then rural Somerset. Gemma also spent some years in education within museum and arts organisations in London and Sydney, Australia.

Gemma has a Masters in Teaching, focusing on how imaginative activity helps children to progress academically, socially and emotionally. Her interests in music, storytelling and story acting, and nature crafts inform her forest school practice. Above all, she is passionate about play, and facilitating a play environment where children can make their own choices, take risks and develop at their own pace.  


All our staff hold 'Advance DBS' certificates and are monitored monthly through the update service. Every session has an instructor with a certificate in Outdoor First Aid or equivalent.


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Laura

Laura is a qualified primary school teacher from the Blackdown Hills and has worked in local rural and urban schools. After completing her first year of teaching Laura chose to specialise in play based learning and the social and emotional development of children. Laura has since established a social and emotional health support team at a school in Bridgwater which focuses heavily on children learning through play and outdoors amongst nature.

A born and bred outdoor enthusiast; Laura has kayaked in the UK, France, Switzerland and Austria and is also a kayak coach in her spare time.

Most weekends Laura can be found at the Saturday Mighty Oaks session and then in her kayak on various rivers or seas around Devon.

 

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Felicity

Raised in the Sussex countryside Felicity spent her childhood outdoors going for family walks or having adventures with her best friend: climbing trees, sailing, rafting down rivers or exploring at night. After completing a degree in English in Bristol, Felicity moved to Somerset with her young son Eric, now aged 7. Felicity has several years experience working as a primary school teaching assistant with reception and year 1 children, where she is particularly enthusiastic about outdoor learning and children's social and emotional development. Felicity has 5 years experience volunteering as a Brownies leader, and has been running a Brownies unit as Leader in Charge for 2 years, where she facilitates the girls in lots of outdoor experiences. With her Swedish heritage Felicity has always had a keen interest in the Forest School movement and the 'friluftsliv' way of life, and she is working towards becoming a qualified Forest School Leader. She is always happiest outdoors, either on the Cornish coast or walking in the Quantocks.