We offer programmes of Forest School for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 both on site and on school sites, with bespoke programmes according to need. We can support the development of Forest School sites and deliver programmes that link learning about the environment and how we relate with it to the National Curriculum.  Just ask us for details.


Our engagement programmes offer the chance for schools to prevent exclusion and promote reengagement by changing the environment completely around the young person. We develop resilience, self esteem and positivity through introducing routines and developing a sense of community. This is achieved by a daily breakfast and lunch, cooked by the young people themselves, using bush craft techniques, meaning they have to work with others to achieve. They then devise their own programme in wood craft, forestry work, horticulture, animal care and bush craft and team building activity, that both engages them and generates a culture of success. All learners have a key worker who tracks their progress through our Personal Learning Plan, which includes data on soft and hard outcomes. We work on a bespoke level according to the aims of the referrer and needs of the young person and their family.


Our approach in Key Stage 4 is similar to that of Key Stage 3, but we then link the practical learning experiences to NCFE qualifications at the appropriate level to the learner. For example, the enterprise element of the programme where young people will make items to sell is linked to an enterprise qualification. We can also deliver programmes of formal learning as an alternative to school in year 11 which include English and Maths.


Many post 16 vulnerable learner programmes fail because the delivery is formal in a classroom. This has not worked for the previous eleven years, so why repeat the process? Block by block, we will enable a young person to tolerate then work with others, show resilience to failure and bad weather. They can have the time and space to shout at a tree. They can fail safely, then learn to succeed. They can develop good peer and staff relationships, and maintain them over time. Then, and only then, do we deliver the formal learning because then are ready to achieve. Our outdoor experiences are explicitly linked to formal learning objectives. For example, quantities of animal feed are linked to profit margins, having an impact upon Maths. We deliver Functional Skills English and Maths, as well as NCFEs in Enterprise, Employability and Occupational Studies for the Workplace. 


2/9/19 - 18/10/19


24/2/20 - 3/4/20


4/11/19 - 18/12/19


20/4/20 - 22/5/20


6/1/20 - 14/2/20


1/6/20 - 22/7/20

We can only admit post 16 learners onto programmes, as pre 16s are referred into us by their schools. If you are a post 16 learner we recommend that you contact us to come and have a look at the provision first with whoever you want to bring. If you want to join our programme we will need you to complete a new student pack. Only upon the return of this can we start you on the programme. There will be additional forms to complete for us to register you with the SSU programme, which allows us to claim your qualifications. We aim to accommodate as many young people as possible, but there may be times in the year that we need to form a waiting list if we are over subscribed. The programme can be joined at any time of the year. We reserve the right to refuse admission if behaviour is presented that presents a serious risk to the ethos of our calm, supportive environment.




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Woodpecker Court, Wigmore Lane, Eythorne, Dover, CT15 4BF

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