Forest Schools and Allotment

What is Forest School?

Using the outdoor environment, children are encouraged and inspired to grow in confidence, self esteem and independence through the mastery of small achievable tasks. As the child grows in self esteem and confidence the challenges become more complex. Above all the child is never set up to fail-each task is achievable.


In Denmark, Forest Schools have been an integral part of Early Years Education since the 1980's when they were first introduced as part of an expansion of nursery provision. The philosophy of the Forest School was based upon the desire to provide young children with an education which encouraged appreciation of the wide, natural world and which would encourage responsibility for nature conservation in later life.

Building upon the success of Forest School it is now used for children to teenagers and even beyond.

Bentley School's Christian Ethos

"Know that I am with you always," Matthew 28:20 We encourage the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the school family by embedding Christian values into everyday life. Our vision is for all children to be confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens who are well equipped for future life, knowing that God is with them always.