Plans underway to create a Forest School at Pool Academy

Plans are underway to create a Forest School in the wooded area of the grounds at Pool Academy.

The academy will be one of only a few secondary schools to offer the teaching method to students and, eventually, primary school pupils in the area.

Nick Hamblin, who works at Pool Academy, has started training this week for his Level Three qualification to help lead children in sessions. It will be an eight-week course held at Newquay Forest School.

A Forest School offers children the opportunity to learn in the great outdoors, awaken creativity, gain confidence and self-esteem.

The school’s site team are hoping to clear an area of ground and make improvements to a wooded area of the school this term. It’s planned that during spring and summer terms, in 2019, the Forest School area will be built and DT classes will start to help build shelters. The school’s Nurture group will focus on creating a horticultural garden in the area as well.

In the Summer 2019 term and the next academic year select students from Year 7 and 8 at Pool Academy will be invited to begin using the forest school.

Rachel Facey, Pool Academy’s SENDCo, said: “Our plan is to develop Pool Academy Forest School as a community project and eventually open it to primary schools and other organisations across the area.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively to ensure our young people are best equipped to achieve success in education.”