Sophie reads an article about Forest School
It is the first she’s ever heard of it but it sounds amazing.
Sophie does an inspiring week of Level 3 Forest School training in Sheffield and meets other practitioners.
Stomping Grounds is born!
The first ever under 5s, Saturday Club and Home Education sessions takes place at Thornley Woods in the Derwent Valley. It rains dramatically and everyone has a great time.
Building A Team
Sophie meets Susan Byrne – an experienced Forest School practitioner who starts helping out at various groups. Susan and Sophie’s skills and experience complement each other perfectly and the quality of the sessions improve as a result.
Stomping Grounds partners up with Chopwell Community Association and receives a grant to deliver Forest School Youth sessions in Chopwell Community Woodland.
Local School Engaged
Stomping Grounds gets its first school contract, working with Mountfield Primary School in Kenton, Newcastle.
Jess Joins the Team
Stomping Grounds starts working with Jessica Lloyd from Chopwell Youth Club. Jess’ broad experience in education in both school and non-school environments strengthens the Stomping Grounds’ provision.
Registration as a Community Interest Company
Stomping Grounds Forest School North East CIC is formed with Sophie, Susan and Jess as Directors.
Grant Funding Received
Grant funding is received from Tesco, Seedbed, Durham Area Budget Partnership, Land of Oak and Iron, Newcastle City Council, Prudhoe Town Council and the Catherine Cookson Trust
‘Don’t Try This At Home’ Video Released
Our Chopwell group make and release a short film to share the skills they’ve learnt with others.
Washingwell Primary Sign-Up
New contract at Washingwell Primary School, Gateshead delivering PPA cover to KS1
Start delivering a year long youth project in Leadgate, County Durham.
Successful crowdfunder campaign raises the additional £5,000 needed to assist with the private purchase of Dukes Hagg Wood in Prudhoe, Northumberland for the exclusive use of Stomping Grounds
Dukes Hagg Launch
Launch Day for our new home at Dukes Hagg Wood engages local residents, businesses and our supporters to celebrate this exciting stage in our development