Taster Forest School Session

For school leaders who share our vision!

Mentored by

Jude @ Be Free Forest School

Location address: Cheshunt, EN8
Chosen age group:

Ages: 4 - 11 years

Available tickets:
Taster (2hr) Forest Schl £50
Next date: None - Register your interest
A summary
This listing is for school leaders who would like to book a taster session for a group of children (up to 30) to experience forest school with Be Free, in your own school grounds, followed by a meeting about how a programme of Forest School would work for you in your setting. Be Free are looking for schools in Hertfordshire who share our vision of children who will become independent, resilient, adaptive and grounded in an appreciation for nature. Our programmes are bespoke and and allow risk taking adventure (guided by experienced practitioners), team building experiences and environmental education, which develop the whole child. If this is also your vision, as a school leader, then buy a ticket today and let us show you what we can do! This is a limited time offer to try Forest School for size in your own school grounds, with your own children. An opportunity to see how, where and why it works wonders for the school community and children who need the find the spark in their love for learning. The session will include an introduction to Forest School through a combination of slowing down exercises and activities, focusing our attention and intention, with a few physical and adventurous tasks too. Part of the session is adult initiated, whilst about 30 minutes will invite children to choose from invitations to learn and play. Tasks are carefully chosen for the children’s age group to be achievable, but ‘optimally challenging’ to build resilience and a sense of pride. We always conclude with a reflection, a way of becoming mindful and intentional about our learning, in many forms. Timings: 10-11:45 students come outside to the natural space (school field/meadow/wild area on your grounds) with teacher and TA, meet Forest School leaders. Leaders will deliver a 1hour 45min session, giving instructions to the adults to assist/maintain safety. 11:45 - 12:30 Jude, Director of Be Free Forest School meets with headteacher (and or SLT) to discuss your goals and SDP, and how a Forest School programme would enhance wellbeing and learning for your setting. We have worked weekly with students at Andrews Lane Primary School for three consecutive years, this is what the Assistant Head about us in July 2022: A collaboration with Be Free has enabled us a as school to not only develop our children’s wellbeing and multi-sensory experiences but has also proved that it can help improve concentration and the motivation to learn. Forest School has no boundaries and has enabled children with behaviour or additional needs to gain more independence and self-confidence, reduce anxiety, build resilience, and improve their communication skills. Forest school is also creating an ethos in school and with our families of how important it is that children who are physically active a lot of the time, have improved stamina. Their experiences we hope will also lead to the development of healthier lifestyles and well as encourage parents to go on trips to woodlands and green spaces outside of school. Since starting forest school with Be Free Forest School, we have always involved parents in giving feedback about the impact forest school had on their child. This feedback has always been positive with many requests to continue the provision. We were able to deliver some forest school sessions to children and their parents in the summer term and all sessions were at full capacity due to the enthusiasm of parents. The sessions gave parents a chance to see how forest school is taught as well as give them a chance to try out some activities with their child. Reflection time at the end of the session brought back memories of some parents’ own childhood where they had frequent contact with the natural world around them. Future planning is that we can continue to work with Be Free Forest School and continue to develop the forest school approach and ethos into the future lives of our children.
About your mentor
Jude @ Be Free Forest School
Be wild, be adventurous, Be Free
Founder, facilitator and lifelong learner at Be Free Forest School. I was lucky to have spent my childhood spending most of my free time outdoors, feeling brave and curious. I discovered Forest School when my children were babies, it was my escape to a simple, outside life where our interactions were uncomplicated. At the time, as a Primary School (KS2) teacher, I knew there was more I could do to encourage resilience, creativity and a love for learning, some children just weren’t succeeding in a classroom environment. So I left the classroom to establish Be Free and never looked back. Nature offers us a living example of the characteristics I believe create success in life – adaptability, patience, strength and love for oneself and others. I have a passion for a programme which is learner focused, develops wellbeing, eco consciousness, and is informed by nature and Forest School pedagogy. Since founding Be Free Forest School I have established Forest School programmes in 7 Primary Schools, including Longlands, Andrews Lane, Dewhurst St Marys, and Holdbrook. 
Learning aims
Aim 1
An introduction to Forest School and its principles
Aim 3
After the session, to meet with the headteacher and other members of SLT to discuss your vision and how we can help you reach your school development goals.
Aim 2
To gather feedback from students and teachers
Aim 4
To conduct a site survey and suitability assessment for your school grounds and discuss possible development plans.
Pricing information
Ticket nameTaster (2hr) Forest Schl
InformationThis taster session is for a class of children, their teacher and TA on your school grounds.
Where we'll be
Your school , Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8
Enhanced DBS
Basic DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

Cancellation Policy
No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.The cost of this ticket reflects an administration fee and is non refundable

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.