Subject Information

Bridgwater & Taunton College is the pioneer of the Forest School concept in the UK. In 1993, a team from Bridgwater & 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 & 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 & 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 Helen Eaton on 01278 441240 or email

Level 1 Introduction to Forest School

Jersey  26 + 27 April 2018 Fully booked - more dates to follow
Bridgwater 4 + 5 October 2018 £235

BTEC Level 3 Advanced Forest School Leaders Award

LocationDates Cost
Bridgwater 13 - 17 Aug 2018 £900
Jersey 24 - 28 Sept 2018 £865
Woodberry Wetlands, Hackney/Camden 8 - 12 Oct 2018 £900
Itchen Valley Park, Hampshire 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2018 £900
Paignton Zoo 26 - 30 Nov 2018 £900
Bridgwater 3 - 7 Dec 2018 £900
Alderman Jacobs School, Peterborough 14 – 18 Jan 2019 £900
Chesterton School, Battersea 4 – 8 Feb 2019 £900
Woodberry Wetlands, Hackney/Camden 25 Feb – 1 Mar 2019  £900

Level 2 Intermediate Award in Forest School Skills

Bridgwater 23 - 25 Oct 2018 £650

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.