Forest School for Children in West Sussex

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Chichester Forest Schools C.I.C.

Chichester Forest Schools are a non-for-profit social enterprise that provide holistic learning through play and exploration of the woodland. Children learn to handle risks and use their own initiative to problem solve and cooperate with others. This hands on learning builds self -esteem, confidence and motivation. The skills needed to be effective learners.

“Forest school provided many amazing cross-curricular links – wildlife identification, storytelling round the fire circle, using the natural local environment to stimulate children’s ideas. it provided wonderful opportunities for building self confidence in pupils and those who lacked self-esteem, who found it easier to respond in this outdoor less restricted environment,” Louise Gasser Dept Head, Fishbourne Primary School


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Our Blog

  • Support our Space to Breath Fundraising Campaign for Teenagers and Vulnerable Children

    3 Nov 2018

    We are raising £14,871 through crowdfunding to allow us to continue running our support programme for teenagers. Our funding for the programme runs out at Christmas. Through out the year young people have been coming to our beautiful Fishbourne site. Our experienced team of forest school leaders and our counsellor have been working to build […]

  • Dangerous Dads June 23rd 10-12.30 Kingley Vale Nature Reserve

    4 Jun 2018

    We are delighted to announce our first Dangerous dad Event for Dads/granddads/male carers and their children (boys and girls). Come and joins us at Kingley Vale for a fantastic morning in the woods with our forest school leaders, firelighting, woodcraft, slack lining, den building rope swings and hot dogs over the camp fire. A fantastic […]

  • Lots of Fun Activities this May Half Term

    21 May 2018

    Fun woodland adventures for all the family For 2-5yr olds we have a mad about minibeast session 5-11’s – come and enjoy and afternoon of Minecraft inspired activities in the woods 6-11’s we have a whole day in Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, looking for butterflies, campfire cooking, den building and rope swings…the perfect day for […]