About Us

The Holly & Hawthorn Forest School

Mission Statement

‘To build physical and emotional development through outdoor experiences”

We aim give children the opportunity to:

  • access outdoors as a learning environment
  • develop useful skills and awareness of nature and the environment
  • increase confidence and self-esteem as participants
  • improve ability to work together as a group and develop team work skills
  • increase motivation and learn alternative attitudes

We are a non-profit making community group. We hope we charge a fair price for sessions to cover our costs, but also make us accessible to all.

The Forest School Leader for our sessions is Kaye Watts. We also have many excellent volunteers to help us with our sessions 🙂  In addition we are lucky to have volunteer committee that meets four times a year, with an AGM once a year.

Our Forest School has all the relevant policies – available on request.   Volunteers and committee members have relevant and up-to-date DBS checks where appropriate. The Child Protection Officers are: Kaye Watts & Jo Smith.

If you would like to volunteer and/or join the committee please contact us.

Forest School Leader : Kaye Watts

I have been working in primary schools as a Teaching Assistant for over 20 years – though I can’t believe it! I gained Higher Level Teaching Assistant status in 2005. 

I have experience of working with a wide age range of children in a range of activities – from nursery to key stage 4. Including: leading Summer Playscheme Art Workshops, leading/organising transition summer schools for Year 6’s going into Year 7 , and coaching athletics on a regular basis to 7-14 yr olds for Wells City Harriers.

I first became aware and interested in Forest School in 2005.  In 2007 I completed some basic training at Ammerdown with Frome Forest Schools. I used my training to run forest school sessions at St Paul’s Junior School as an after school club and continued to expand my training and experience volunteering at Wilder Woods Forest School, Hallr Wood, Charlton Mackrell (near Somerton). 

I was inspired to set up a forest school and therefore I moved on to do an OCN Level 3 Forest School Leaders Award which enabled me to be insured to deliver forest school off school sites. This allowed me to set up Holly & Hawthorn Forest School.

I decided to set up as a not-for-profit community group because I believe 100% in Forest School and have witnessed the effect it has on children and adults, which just makes me more passionate!”