Exeter will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was the first Forest School that we opened, back in 2010. Manager Chris White had been working at the neighbouring Shillingford Organics when he started plotting with Tom Lowday and Shevek Pring on how they could offer outdoor education to the children of Exeter. After identifying the forest next to the farm as the perfect venue, they approached Martyn Bragg (owner of Shillingford) who kindly agreed to rent it to us.
And once they stepped foot in the woods, there was no turning back! Chris, Tom and Shev took their passion for outdoor education and channelled it into our little patch of foresty heaven. We started with just Saturday clubs to gauge interest and since then, have continued to grow year on year as parents started to request that we offer a range of different activities from toddler clubs to home education provision.
Their desire to provide accessible forest school education has been infectious as the team has grown and we now have an Ofsted-registered kindergarten as well as Forest School sites at Exmouth and Okehampton and offer alternative education, adult training courses and team building days.
Our staff have experience of working with young adults with behavioural problems and mental health issues and we believe Forest School can be a great tool for furthering the educational possibilities of young people facing those challenges.
At Exeter, we work with schools to create bespoke session plans ranging from one day to a whole term, weaving the curriculum into excellent Forest School activities. We offer facilities for birthday parties, holiday clubs, toddler clubs, home education groups and team building.