The Forest School Team


Our highly qualified team of Forest School Leaders are passionate about giving children the best possible experience in the great outdoors. We believe in the power of outdoor learning to enable self-confidence and self-worth; we want to teach children how to take managed risks in an environment where they can be supervised but experience the freedom and fun of the forest or beach.

Mikey Pearce, Forest School Leaders
Mikey Pearce

Forest School Team Lead

Mikey has worked for Releasing Potential for sixteen years. Starting as an Outdoor Education Instructor, Mikey then went on to qualify as a Forest School (Level 3) Instructor and now heads up the Forest School team full time. Mikey specialises in creating amazing experiences for children through engagement with nature, and delivers on our Forest School programme for schools, Forest Explorers and Beach Explorers. Mikey is also a highly experienced trainer, and runs our Forest School Level 2 qualification.
Jackie Cleal, Forest School Leaders
Jackie Cleall

Forest School Leader

Jackie joined Releasing Potential in 2015, and works as a Forest School Leader on our Forest School, Forest Explorers and Forest Tots programmes. Jackie hold an NNEB and specialises in arts and crafts using natural resources found in the forest; she is qualified in Forest School Level 3. Some of her most recent creative work on a Harry Potter themed Forest School Activity Day can be seen in our blog post.
Donna Sewell, Forest School Leaders
Donna Sewell

Forest School Leader

Donna works at Forest School and as a tutor for children with Special Educational Needs within the Releasing Potential School. Donna qualified in Forest School Level 2, and has recently completed her Forest School Level 3 training.  Her background is in youth work and education, including roles in social care and youth justice. More recently, Donna has been delivering horticulture and conservation programmes to schools groups.
Phil Allen, Forest School Leaders
Karen Thakore

Forest School Administrator

Karen has worked for Releasing Potential for three years and is now the Office Manager for the charity and school. Karen handles Forest School administration, and is always on hand to answer parents’ questions. Karen’s background is in business administration, and she worked as a building society branch manager before coming to Releasing Potential.