Primary Aged Referrals
Our Alternative Provision
It’s like an overdose of nurture
We have created a specialist referral Forest School provision in Kingston Upon Thames. We concentrate on offering SEMH Primary School children and their schools, a respite break from challenging behaviours.
Children that need extra support away from the traditional mainstream school environment and curriculum benefit from spending time in our safe space. We have developed outdoor activities to engage the individual child, encouraging emotional regulation and giving the child coping strategies before a return to their mainstream placement.
Ideally children attend once or twice a week for two terms. To access the provision talk to your child’s teacher or SENCO who may be able to refer your child to us.
He absolutely loves Forest School. He comes home very happy and I have seen a huge shift in him. His happy sparkle is back!
The 6 principles of Forest School
We follow the 6 principles of forest school and believe children’s emotional development is a priority in helping them successfully access the curriculum.
Through child-led activities, we encourage children to develop resilience and build their self esteem and confidence.
We will Involve all interested parties in the child’s progress with regular reports and conversations. We actively encourage parents and carers to visit and engage with their child’s activity and hold “coffee meetings”. We can signpost parents to resources and other professionals.
We have been described as injecting an “overdose of nurture” to children who struggle with their emotional regulation. We have designed activities that encourage a therapeutic approach to problems.
We incorporate Zones of Regulation throughout our approach, encouraging an emotional toolkit to develop.
Our site consists of an allotment, forest area and field. We have a small classroom as most of our activity is outdoors. The site is secure and has a separate gate away from the main school setting. We have radios for contacting the main school building.
We provide the child's setting with a daily 'tracker' a short report, accessible online. Long term, we measure children’s needs and successes using the Boxall Profile, a widely used assessment tool for social emotional and behavioural difficulties for children and young people. We feed this information back to the child’s placement at key points.
Our staff have over 70 years of experience working with children and families. We have regular safeguarding training and continuing CPD for all staff. All of our staff are highly trained in outdoor first aid.
We are based on our secure site at St John's Primary School, Kingston. We are inspected by OFSTED as part of the school's SEN provision. St John's is a "good" school.
Our staff attend regular training sessions in areas such as child protection, trauma informed approaches, mindfulness and first aid.
Our handbook, risk assessments, policies, procedures and associated documents are available electronically on request as part of the application process.