“You can find 100 reasons why you shouldn’t start teaching outdoors. There’s health and safety or not enough time in the curriculum. But if you have the belief that it is going to be good for the children, then you can overcome those hurdles.”
Jonathan Teesdale, Principal
Our holistic approach is called Enriched External Learning (EEL) and it permeates all areas of school life for all age groups. It’s designed to encourage pupils to benefit from the opportunities and wonder of the outdoors; and they never fail to rise to the challenges they encounter.
Like many adults, Jonathan Teesdale felt that his childhood experiences benefitted from endless hours spent exploring and playing outdoors. When he came across the Forest School idea he was excited, realising that the perfect facilities at Copthill would allow all pupils to enjoy this unique and rewarding style of learning.