Introducing our forest school in Okehampton, offering termly toddler groups and sessions for home-educated children.


Play, explore, discover and learn outdoors in beautiful woodland

The Outdoors Group are proud to open Okehampton’s first Forest School set in a beautiful semi ancient woodland, a short walk from the town centre.

We’ll be offering a number of fun groups and activities for the local community, including our Tree Tots Toddler Groups for parents and little ones and Home Education groups for children aged 6 and up. We want to get as many children as possible into the woods to play, explore, discover and learn.

Debbie Miller will be looking after our Okehampton site. She’s lived in Okehampton since 1990 with her husband, Ian. She has grown up children now in their twenties.

Debbie has worked as a childminder for more than 22 years. Over the years, she’s been a Brownie Guide Leader, a play leader at local toddler groups and a governor of the local primary. 

“I’m passionate about children playing and exploring outdoors and want to give them the opportunities to develop their confidence, independence, creativity and risk taking, appropriate to their environment and to themselves.”


Home Education Groups

For an alternative take on education, join one of our Home Education Groups every Wednesday during term time. 


Toddler Clubs

Termly outdoor parent and toddler groups on Mondays and Thursdays, full of fun and games for little adventurers. 


Holiday Clubs

Need some childcare in the school holidays? Sign your children up for a Forest School adventure. Our clubs run from 10am-4pm on selected days.


Meet the Okehampton Forest School Team

Debbie Miller

Over the years, Debbie’s been a Brownie Guide Leader, a play leader at local toddler groups and a governor of the local primary. She worked as a childminder for more than 22 years in Okehampton. Debbie’s currently doing her Forest School Leadership Training and it’s wonderful having her on board, looking after our newest site.

Mike (Bubs) Wale
Forest School Leader

“Bubs” is from a military background and has moved into education upon his retirement. He has been responsible for several successful educational programmes and has a real passion for teaching and learning. He currently delivers TLP, Adult provision and Schools outreach.
His spare time is taken up with introducing his grandchildren to the great outdoors.

Rowan Pring
BSL Support

Rowan is a 1:1 behavioural support worker who specialises in working with learners who are Deaf, BSL users and learners who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges and Special Education Needs (SEN).
She has a degree in Deaf Studies, is in the final stages of qualifying as an Integrative Counsellor and has 8 years experience in youth work; 2 of which have been with The Outdoors Group.
She enjoys illustration and collage, baking, body-boarding, BMXing, whittling little wooden animals and sea swimming (all year round!).

How to find us

Okehampton Forest School
Moyses Lane
EX20 1JS
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At the moment, we don’t have a car park – but it is easy to find on-street parking in the residential area along, and off, Moyses Lane. 
If you take the orange route onto Moyses Lane (see pic, this is along New Rd, rather than coming from High Street), halfway up the hill there is a gate on the left with an Okehampton Forest School sign outside (this leads to path you’ll walk down). Keep driving on road (past gate) and park in the residential area at top of hill. Then you’ll need to walk back down to the gate. Go through the gate and follow the lane until you reach the camp. (It’s about a 5 min walk up the lane through woods. Just keep left, following the path, and you’ll arrive in camp. It is buggy-friendly if your buggy is ok on tracks).
If you come from the high street [yellow route], find on-street parking in the residential area, then walk down the hill (past big house on left/Prospect Hill turning/sign saying ‘Watch out for Children’). Look out for The Okehampton Forest School sign on the right and the gate which takes you down the path to the Forest School (5 min walk along path through woods, see above).

Contact Okehampton Forest School

Email okehampton@outdoorsgroup.co.uk or contact us using the below form to discuss activities at Okehampton Forest School.

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