Tom is one of our founders. He studied FDg Environmental Education and since then has worked in land based industries promoting sustainable land management and conservation in both farming and forestry.
Shevek is one of our founders and has been working in the outdoor education sector for many years as an instructor and team leader. He has been running residentials, day courses, accredited courses and expeditions for several years.
My role at the school is to look after our learners’ individual requirements and their pastoral welfare. I’ve been an English teacher for over 20 years and have worked in Special Schools for the last 11. I’m loving the new Outdoors School because it is so different and allows children to be children with the flexibility to learn in the way that best suits them.
I love anything to do with music, dancing and singing. I read a lot and love to cook.
Jon has worked as a lead in welfare, pastoral care, and behaviour as a senior member of staff in secondary schools for the past twelve years. I am passionate about giving the best opportunity’s for all children and young people to achieve in life, no matter what challenges life throws at them. Originally from the Midlands moved to Devon in 2014. I’m a primary school governor, where my children attend, I’m also a leader at my local church and a massive rugby fan!
I have over 20 years experience working in various Devon Schools. If you have any questions or queries relating to School, please get in touch and I will do my best to help. I enjoy cooking, including baking, walking, visiting friends and spending time with family.
Seamo is a qualified Forest School Leader and specialises in Autism, Neurodiversity, sensory differences and pathological demand avoidance. Seamo brings a depth of SEN knowledge and practical skills to the Outdoors Group.
Daisy delivers the curriculum at The Outdoors School. She uses forest school based teaching to help children learn. Previously working with children with down syndrome and autism, Daisy tailors the curriculum to meet individual student needs. Outside of the school, Daisy runs her own pottery business and is a keen climber.
I am a qualified primary teacher and have taught in mainstream primary settings and within Special Educational Needs schools. I have a passion for working so closely with young people and particularly being with them outside. I also have a background in fine art and therapeutic creative workshop’s.
Beverly began her working life teaching Psychology and then specialised in Inclusion working first at a Pupil Referral Unit and then heading up a provision in a large mainstream secondary school. Having had 15 years experience in these settings she firmly believes all children deserve a high quality and stimulating education and believes that this is what we can offer at The Outdoors School.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, watching films and walking her labrador in the beautiful countryside.
Sophie is an experienced teacher and taught for many years at Dulverton Middle School, delivering the unique ‘Exmoor Curriculum’ and working in partnership with The Exmoor National park. She is also a qualified Forest School leader and strongly believes in enabling children to work outdoors whenever there is the opportunity. In her free time she is a Cub Scout leader and enjoys swimming, running and going off exploring with her family in her camper van.
I am a pastoral Tutor at Tiverton site. I have a background in Youth Work, Pastoral Care and Teaching. And am qualified in terms of Teaching, Coaching, Care,and Advice and Guidance. I like being in the Outdoors, Theatre and all things Football
Hannah is a primary trained teacher and qualified youth worker with over ten years of experience working in mainstream and alternative settings. She loves travelling but is now firmly establishing her new Devon roots and most weekends she can be found exploring. Frequently spotted.on tours, beaches and the odd.music venue.
Ross has been working with children for the past 20 years in numerous settings, the past 12 years have been working with children who are autistic as well as children suffering from PTSD. He has a therapeutic background and is also a qualified outdoor instructor, alongside teaching map reading and camp skills for Duke of Edinburgh and Ten Tors teams. I have jointly been part of organising caving expeditions to France and Spain. He manages a youth club in his village and in his my free time you will find him walking on Dartmoor with his dogs or in the Yorkshire dales caving with his friends.
For the past almost 20 years Debbie has worked on a 1-1 basis in primary schools as a learning support assistant. You can find her walking her British Bulldog in her spare time!
Georgia is a qualified Secondary Geography Teacher and Forest School Leader, with experience in Outdoor Learning in the primary setting, as well as instructing outdoor pursuits. she loves anything and everything outdoors and likes to challenge herself, spending her free time competing in gig rowing and triathlons.
I’ve been working in the special education field since leaving college myself, currently doing a Psychology degree part time. My favourite things are walking on the moor with the dogs, playing guitar, film photography and camping in my van!
Jake has been with the Outdoors Group for over 2 years, running Home Education groups, teen groups, working with visiting schools and setting up and facilitating after school clubs. It was a natural move over to The Outdoors School where he wants to bring his love of nature and outdoor learning to our learners. Jake is a Level 4 qualified Bushcraft Instructor and enjoys archery, rugby, practicing primitive technology skills alongside all things connected with natural history
Simon has many years experience of working with young people.
He’s worked in both primary and secondary schools as an autism specialist.
He also runs a Saturday club for young people with a range of different needs.
His background is in photography and Art and loves being creative and being outside.
Joseph is a learning support assistant at the Shillingford site and has spent his working life supporting people with additional learning needs, in a range of school settings, including overseas.
His spare time revolves around being active and enjoying the great outdoors. So it is a joy for me to work with an exciting group of kids in a beautiful forest.
Eve has worked with children and families for two decades as a Forest School leader, toddler group leader, teacher, community worker and play worker. She has a BA in the Arts and training in a variety of Crafts, a long connection with facilitating Nature Connection/ Forest School and a background in Social Enterprise development. She is passionate about inspiring young people to find creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges and questions life brings to them.
Vicki has 18 years experience of working with children and families as a qualified Social Worker, spending her latter years supporting Foster Carers with the children they care for.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time at the beach, camping and live music and spending time with friends and family.
I am a Accredited Play Therapist, Filial Play Coach, Creative Arts Cousellor and Forest School Leader with 15 years’ experience working with families and children. I am passionate about working with children who are facing the challenges of life and am inspired by their capacity to work through these challenges using play and talking therapies. I love working outdoors with children using nature as a co facilitator in the therapeutic process.