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 achieved grade 8 in double bass and bass guitar before he was 18 and has since become proficient with: guitar, mandolin, djembes, accordian, sitar, steel drums, tabla, kora harp, dulcimer, ukulele and other world percussion. Lewis graduated Kingston University in 2012 with a 2:1 in Music. He afterwards completed a PGCE with music specialism at the University of Winchester.
During his time teaching Lewis has spent two years as an outdoor environment leader as well as leading both Djembe and ukulele ensembles for children, and delivering CPD for members of the Primary Academies Trust as well as numerous other school groups.
Lewis is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and currently holds a certificate in pediatric first aid.
Gemma is a qualified and experienced teacher, dedicated to helping young people unlock their imagination. For the last nine years she’s taught Drama and English in secondary Schools in inner London and rural Somerset. Her practice has been informed by her Masters in Teaching, which researched how imaginative activities can help young people to learn both academically and socially and emotionally.
Alongside her teaching in formal learning environments, Gemma has been lucky enough to have worked with the Australian Young People’s Theatre in Sydney, and directed young casts for the UK Shakespeare Schools Festival. Her interest in the arts and the imagination is combined with her passion for the outdoors; be it the Arctic Circle and Himalayas or back at home in the Blackdown Hills with her two young children, aged 2 and 4.
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.
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.