Subject Information

Bridgwater and Taunton College is the pioneer of the Forest School concept in the UK. In 1993, a team from Bridgwater and Taunton College visited Denmark on an exchange visit and were inspired by the encouragement the Danish schools give to outdoor activities. On their return to Somerset, they set up the Forest School—the first of its kind in the UK—which has now become widely accepted across the country as a valuable mode of learning for all ages and client groups.

Bridgwater and Taunton College staff go out to other areas of the UK giving training to those interested in running or participating in Forest School provision to spread the good practice of the College's Forest School nationally and internationally. Download our Forest School Brochure here or view an ITV News Forest School profile on Bridgwater and Taunton College.

Upcoming Courses

Listed below are location and dates of planned upcoming Forest School courses. The prices shown are on a per person basis. If you would like information on these courses or you wish to host a course at your venue please call our administrator Ann Welch on  01823 366400 or email

Level 1 Introduction to Forest School

Liverpool John Moore University

24 +25 Oct 2017
26 + 27 Oct 2017
Jersey  9 + 10 Oct 2017 Fully booked, more dates to follow in the new year

BTEC Level 3 Advanced Forest School Leaders Award

LocationDates Cost
Peterborough 16 – 20 Oct 2017 £900
Camley Street, London 20 – 24 Nov 2017 £900
Bridgwater 4-8 Dec 2017 £900
Waterlow Park, London 15-19 Jan 2018 £900
Bridgwater 26 Feb - 2 Mar 2018 £900
Streatham Vale, London 5 - 9 Mar 2018 £900
Paignton Zoo 19-23 Mar 2018 £900
Chesterton School, Battersea 11-15 Jun 2018 £900 

TBC TBC £465

Forest School @ The Beach

BTEC Level 3 Forest School Leaders Award

Specialist course for those working with hard to reach learners.

*Please call 01823 366400 for details

What our students say

Benjamin Jackson

The training exceeded my expectation by far. It was engaging at all times. Information was always relevant and interesting. The skills learnt have given me the confidence to lead Forest School groups in my setting. Andy and Hannah delivered the training beautifully. Their calm and competent approach made me feel at ease immediately. They created a supportive environment encouraging cohesion between candidates. I always felt comfortable to attempt new challenges and to do things that I’ve shied away from in the past. The course has enriched my life and work far beyond the scope of Forest School.”

Benjamin is currently a higher level teaching assistant for physical and medical needs at Bradley Stoke Community School, South Gloucester.