School in the forest

Releasing Potential Forest School


We offer Forest School programmes during term time through our work with schools, nurseries, and organisations in Hampshire and West Sussex. Forest School offers children the opportunity to attend school in the forest, to play in the great outdoors, and to take part in activities that balance freedom and fun with managed risk.


School in the forest

At its best, Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off experience or a series of infrequent visits. Our school in the forest experience takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the child or young person, and the natural world. Our Forest school uses a range of child-centred processes to create a community for being, developing, and learning.

Releasing Potential Forest School promotes the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilience confidence, independence an creativity in children and young people. We offer young people the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. Our Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

We also offer Forest School and Forest Explorers holiday activity days during school holidays.

Forest school campfire

School Programmes

We offer Forest School in partnership with local schools, nurseries, and other organisations. Forest School gives children the opportunity to play and explore in a local woodland as part of their term-time schooling. The range of activities is enormous, and children are always inventing new ways of playing, and engaging with nature.

Forest school marshmallows

Holiday Activities

From the 2019/2020 academic year we will be running Forest School Holiday Activity Days for children aged 5-11. The programme gives children the opportunity to experience a day in the forest taking part in range of fun activities that encourage independence and social-emotional learning as well as team work and new skills!

Forest Explorers

Forest Explorers is our holiday provision for older children and young people. Available to children aged 8-12, Explorers is the next part of a child's journey in exploring and discovering the outdoors whilst learning new skills in bushcraft. Participants can achieve badges and a stamp in their Forest Explorers' passport as they progress in their skills.

Forest School Tots

Forest Tots

Forest Tots is our parent and toddler group for preschool children aged 0-4 years. We meet at a local park in West Sussex for no more than 2 hours. The group provides an opportunity for parents to explore the outdoor woodland environment with their young children. Sessions include play, woodland craft and story time.