STOMPING GROUNDS FOREST SCHOOL

Be Wild. Belong Together.

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About Us

Stomping Grounds Forest School is a social enterprise working throughout North East England to bring communities together and reconnect them with nature. Find out more about who we are, what we do and what we believe in…

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What is Forest School?

Learn about the key principles of Forest School and how we apply them to our work

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What We Offer

Stomping Grounds deliver a range of regular sessions, community programmes and bespoke packages for organisations and private parties

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What People Say...

  • Volunteering with Stomping Grounds is the highlight of my week! Forest School is everything I hoped it would be – a space for children to be themselves, be wild, have some freedom and autonomy and to learn and play outside of the classroom. It’s such an important opportunity for the children and it really does feel like a privilege to be part of it and to spend my Friday mornings with this bunch of vibrant, inquisitive little explorers.

    Lani
  • My girl started at the under 5 group after she just turned two and has been going for the last 18 months. It has been a huge part in developing her deep connection with nature and her confidence in the outdoors. Our son has been going since he was born, and has now got his forest legs. It’s a great programme, that I also loved as an adult. We would still be there if we weren’t moving away. Really miss it.

    Dave Nguyen
  • I’ve spoken to Sophie who shared her aspirations for these woods and it will be fantastic for children to learn about our countryside and its diversity as well as its maintenance. I am really excited about these woods and that they have been saved for future generations.??

    Brian Hudspith
  • I have just completed my first term of Forest School with my almost 4 year old and 1.5 year old. It’s been a wonderful experience, the kids have flourished in the environment and they have had the freedom and responsibility to try activities that they would never have been able to try in a different setting. Sophie is a great facilitator, nothing is too much trouble and overall the atmosphere amongst the group has been really welcoming and friendly. Will be back again soon!

    Katy Madgwick
  • Myself and my little boy Oliver (13 months) have been going to the under 5’s session every Monday and we both love it! So nice to see kids getting involved in outdoor activities and being exposed to risk taking, decision making, nature and crafts in a family friendly way! Brought my 5 year old niece to the launch day and she has absolutely loved it and is really looking forward to coming for a few summer school sessions!

    Sarah Louise Glover
  • My toddler has been going to the under 5s sessions in Brockwell Woods for over a year now and we both love it. Sophie is wonderful and very good at getting small children engaged! MJ enjoys using tools and having the space to get clarty. She still has a small car which she made in forest school and carries everywhere proudly telling people that she made it. Its a lovely group for adults too – everyone is friendly and lends a hand. Would highly recommend

    Hannah Sorley
  • Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
    just what every kid needs! Would recommend

    Katherine Fletcher
  • My two boys had the best two days with Stomping Ground Forest School during the Christmas holidays. They absolutely loved it. I dropped them off both days feeling great trepidation, especially on the first day when it rained literally all day, and both days they came home so full of everything they’d done and all the fun they’d had: crafts, making dens, campfires, roasting marshmallows, splashing in mud (or the ‘mud on your face game’ as my oldest called it)… My washing machine may never recover but am delighted they had such fun! Would recommend to anyone.

    Julia Louise
  • Fantastic bumps & babies session this afternoon. A very welcoming group to meet other parents and share a love of all things outdoors.

    A huge thank you to the forest school leaders for trialing these new sessions! I can’t wait to bring my little one along to join in once he arrives ♥️

    Sadie Diamond-Fox
  • Stomping Grounds have been providing regular forest school sessions at our school for the last 4 years. Every class who work with them love the lessons and the opportunity to get up close to nature.
    The forest school teachers are always highly professional and have excellent regard for the needs of individual children, as well as for the safety of the group.  They form great relationships with the pupils and never fail to create interesting and inspiring learning that ensures our pupils always want to come back for more!

    Tim Godfrey, Mountfield Primary School
  • My 6 year old attended the Chopwell Forest School for the first time and he absolutely loved it! He’s not stopped talking about how much fun it was! Thank you!

    Angela Dennison
  • My son really loves his Saturday forest school adventures! He has grown in physical confidence and is much more daring in what he will do and attempt. He’s also much more comfortable with things like insects, muck and the stuff of nature! It’s a great way for children to explore the natural world, make new, non-school friendships and learn to cooperate, enjoy the outdoors and push their own boundaries. Out of school activities can be tricky if your child isn’t ‘sporty’ or doesn’t want to do drama, dance etc. Forest School is the perfect solution! I like how it has a good balance between structured and unstructured play too. Would recommend to all.

    Sarah Raad

Our Values

Our passion is to create Forest School opportunities for all children, not just for those who’s parents can afford to pay for it or understand its aims.

We believe that by reconnecting communities with the natural world, humans can gain a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem and how our choices and actions can impact the environment.

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Volunteers

Volunteers

If you’re looking to start a career in outdoor education, or just want to spend more time outdoors, we’d love for you to come and join us at one of our beautiful sites throughout the North East.

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Stomping Grounds Forest School is not-for-profit.

Stomping Grounds Forest School

School
2K

Bringing Forest School to you. We work with schools & community groups to develop confidence, creativity and communication through woodland adventure

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 6 days ago

Summer Holiday Clubs! - the news you've all been waiting for

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 6 days ago

It is with HUGE relief and pleasure that we can finally advertise our holiday clubs. The government released new guidance yesterday which means we are able to safely offer holiday provision for children aged 5-12 at our woodland in Prudhoe. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30-3.30 Visit stomping-grounds.org/book for more details !

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 3 hours ago

Tomorrow at 10 Clara will be reading Ada Twist by Andrea Beatie, and making volcanoes. To join in for free visit stomping-grounds.org/book To take part you’ll need: a bottle, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, washing up liquid, food colouring. If you have signed up to previous sessions just use the same zoom link to access the story :)

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 20 hours ago

Bit of engineering down the woods today. Watch this space for details of our summer holiday club. We should have it formed up by Friday 👏🏿 #looseparts #engineering #STEM #forestschool #northumberland #northeast #summerschool

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 2 days ago

This morning we started a 1-1 journey with a child who can’t access the curriculum at school due to trauma. We made journey sticks, learnt about different plants and trees and their defence systems, experimented with parachutes, zip wires and hammocks, cleaved wood to make spears, went spear fishing, pretended to be owls, wolves, dinosaurs and superhero’s. Accompanying school staff commented on increased attention span and focus during the session. Creating a yes space for young people, following their cues, play based learning and developing trust are some of the reasons Forest school works for children with demand avoidance, poor relationships with adults and peers, and school phobia. Seeing behaviour as an expression of need and meeting those needs by creating time and space for children and young people to lead their own discovery provides short term relief for those who find themselves in a constant struggle in formal education settings. Long term, access to forest school supports sensory integration, develops grounding strategies, boosts self esteem, promotes positive communication and relationships of trust, and builds new, happy memories. Here at Stomping Grounds we love our job. And this is the reason why. #forestschool #wellbeing #childled #playbasedlearning #makingadifference

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 2 days ago

Tomorrow at 10am, join in with Clara as she reads Poo in the zoom and makes animal masks

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 3 days ago

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 4 days ago

Teacher Tom. Worth a follow. Beautiful words.

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 5 days ago

When treasure hunt clues lead to tracking deer, camouflage in the hammock, exploring poo, comparing feathers and wondering who lives in which hole...that’s when you know your invitation worked! #forestschool #invitationtoplay#childledlearning #autism #hammocks #sensoryregulation @ Prudhoe

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 5 days ago

Laying tracks and clues for a forest schooler who loves rhymes and treasure. Developing language and number skills through play. Following the child’s interests. Encouraging adventure #invitationtoplay #tracking #forestschool #autism

Stomping Grounds Forest School

School
2K

Bringing Forest School to you. We work with schools & community groups to develop confidence, creativity and communication through woodland adventure

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 6 days ago

Summer Holiday Clubs! - the news you've all been waiting for

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 6 days ago

It is with HUGE relief and pleasure that we can finally advertise our holiday clubs. The government released new guidance yesterday which means we are able to safely offer holiday provision for children aged 5-12 at our woodland in Prudhoe.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30-3.30
Visit stomping-grounds.org/book for more details
!

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 3 hours ago

Tomorrow at 10 Clara will be reading Ada Twist by Andrea Beatie, and making volcanoes.
To join in for free visit stomping-grounds.org/book
To take part you’ll need: a bottle, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, washing up liquid, food colouring.
If you have signed up to previous sessions just use the same zoom link to access the story 🙂

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 20 hours ago

Bit of engineering down the woods today. Watch this space for details of our summer holiday club. We should have it formed up by Friday 👏🏿 #looseparts #engineering #STEM #forestschool #northumberland #northeast #summerschool

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 2 days ago

This morning we started a 1-1 journey with a child who can’t access the curriculum at school due to trauma. We made journey sticks, learnt about different plants and trees and their defence systems, experimented with parachutes, zip wires and hammocks, cleaved wood to make spears, went spear fishing, pretended to be owls, wolves, dinosaurs and superhero’s. Accompanying school staff commented on increased attention span and focus during the session. Creating a yes space for young people, following their cues, play based learning and developing trust are some of the reasons Forest school works for children with demand avoidance, poor relationships with adults and peers, and school phobia. Seeing behaviour as an expression of need and meeting those needs by creating time and space for children and young people to lead their own discovery provides short term relief for those who find themselves in a constant struggle in formal education settings. Long term, access to forest school supports sensory integration, develops grounding strategies, boosts self esteem, promotes positive communication and relationships of trust, and builds new, happy memories.
Here at Stomping Grounds we love our job. And this is the reason why. #forestschool #wellbeing #childled #playbasedlearning #makingadifference

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 2 days ago

Tomorrow at 10am, join in with Clara as she reads Poo in the zoom and makes animal masks

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 3 days ago

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 4 days ago

Teacher Tom. Worth a follow. Beautiful words.

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 5 days ago

When treasure hunt clues lead to tracking deer, camouflage in the hammock, exploring poo, comparing feathers and wondering who lives in which hole...that’s when you know your invitation worked! #forestschool #invitationtoplay#childledlearning #autism #hammocks #sensoryregulation @ Prudhoe

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 5 days ago

Laying tracks and clues for a forest schooler who loves rhymes and treasure. Developing language and number skills through play. Following the child’s interests. Encouraging adventure #invitationtoplay #tracking #forestschool #autism