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.
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.