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Fun In The Forest At Kinver Edge

About The Red Forest School at Kinver Edge

The Red Forest School was established in 2013 with the aim of delivering high-quality outdoor education and Forest School sessions to Kidderminster and the surrounding area.

The Red Forest School was soon running sessions for local primary schools, Pre-schools and Nursery Groups, rainbow and brownie groups. Gaining a reputation for excellence.

The Red Forest School was then hired by Kinver Edge to deliver their forest school sessions in term time and during the summer holidays.

Because of the success of these sessions at Kinver Edge, they have asked me to administer, deliver and develop the outdoor education within the arboretum. I have relished this opportunity given to me by them and hope that in the future months and years we can deliver one of the best outdoor experiences you will receive in Worcestershire and The West Midlands.

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DEB

I am Deborah Bell owner of The Red Forest school. I have worked in the leisure industry and teaching profession for over 30 years. I have a degree in Sports Studies, Diploma in Sports Psychology and PGCE in Physical Education. I have always had a love for the outdoors and because of this I trained as a forest school leader in 2013 and since then I have taught forest school as a freelance forest school leader at different locations in Worcestershire and Shropshire.

I am a DBS checked OCN Level 3 Qualified freelance Forest School leader and a secondary trained Physical Education Teacher. I have a Paediatric in Outdoors first aid certificate, food and hygiene certificate and all activities I teach are covered by public liability insurance. I am also a member of The Forest School Association and am looking to become an accredited provider.

I am married with two children and enjoy attending exercise classes, travelling and spending time with my family.

I believe that forest school develops the whole person and certainly contributes to peoples’ self-esteem, self-confidence and their all-round well- being. Come and see us to find out for yourself.

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JILL

Hello, I am Jill. I live in Kidderminster with my husband, Rich and 2 children, Chloe who is 15 and Megan who’s 13. We all love being outdoors, being active and enjoy gardening, walking and cycling.

I work at a local school in the Wyre Forest area and have done so since 2007 as a teaching assistant. I have gained experience in all areas of early years foundation stage and key stage 1!

I’m a fully qualified first aider and also hold a food and hygiene certificate I have worked in an after school forest school club. I love working in the outdoor area’s with the children to continue their learning across the curriculum.

My children went through primary school learning and experiencing forest school and I know that this makes a good start to their school lives. So nearly, a year ago I was asked if I was interested in helping out at forest school and I must say it is so rewarding to watch them again and to watch them gain so many skills such as; team work, creativity, exploration and playing in the natural environment.

I’m about to start my level 3 teaching assistant qualification to enhance the children’s learning and to watch their learning progress.

What others say about us…

“My daughter had an amazing party here with Deb and Dan from the forest school. All the kids had great fun and the forest school staff were great. A stunning place for a party. Highly recommended.”

Richard C

“We have just had our son’s fourth birthday party at Arley Arboretum and it was absolutely brilliant! We had 13 children for the party and they all had a lovely time. We chose to have the party in the forest school which is situated away from the main arboretum in a private area with a fire pit, a mud kitchen, a rope ladder and rope swing… Deb, the forest school leader, was brilliant with the kids… Thank you so much to everyone at The Red Forest for making Sam’s party so fun! I would recommend this to everyone.”

Clare B

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