Twitter Facebook

St Philip Howard

Catholic Primary School


Take a look at some of our recent photos.

Swipe content

Interactive Bar

Google Services





School Gateway Link

School Gateaway Link

Forest School

Forest School 

Forest School is defined by the Forest School Association as 'an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.'  


Here at St Philip Howard, we are excited that all our children have weekly Forest School sessions, where they are offered opportunities to achieve and develop their confidence through a range of activities and experiences - often involving mud!  We run our sessions through all weathers and each season offers interactions that have a positive, lasting effect on the children's sense of belonging and stewardship over the site and God's wonderful creation.  


Whilst many aspects of learning can be taken outside, including lessons based around National Curriculum objectives, Forest School sessions offer learner-centred opportunities.  These help promote the children's holistic development, strengthening their stamina, resilience and perseverance.  In our Forest School sessions, we aim to help each child to learn in their own way, encouraging independence through developing skills such as team work, communication, problem solving and encouraging supported risk taking: skills which support their learning back in the classroom, too! 

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Forest School

Forest School Skills Overview

Using our Skills 

All children in our school learn skills, progressively, in using ropes, observation in nature, woodcraft, making and using fire safely and how to build a shelter.  Learning these skills developls the children's resilience, confidence and creativity in the natural environment, learning to take safe risks at the same time. 

School Updates

Keep up-to-date with what's happening.

Swipe content


Attendance percentage for each class.

  • Nursery


  • Reception


  • Year 1


  • Year 2


  • Year 3


  • Year 4


  • Year 5


  • Year 6


Whole School:

"We are part of God's family. We follow the way of Jesus by loving, learning and doing our best."


Awards we have achieved so far.