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UK  rst for forest school
Spring Grove School, Kent, achieved two ‘ rsts’ last month (October) after being recognised as the  rst independent school in the UK, as well as the  rst setting of any type in Kent to be approved by the Forest School Association (FSA) as a recognised Forest School Provider.
This recognition comes following a rigorous review of Spring Grove School’s Forest School provision and programmes in line with
the FSA’s six core principles of Forest School. To date only 9 other schools and 6 dedicated providers in the UK have attained this high standard.
The Forest School approach allows children to foster their problem-solving and cooperation skills, as well as their con dence and self-esteem, and this is de nitely being witnessed at Spring Grove School where this alternative type of learning
has tied in perfectly with their
unique and creative educational approach and ethos. Their Forest School sessions have equipped the children, with not only an appreciation for the outdoors, but also a host of teamwork, wellbeing and practical skills which can be utilised both inside and outside of the classroom.
Mr Bill Jones, Spring Grove School’s Headmaster said;
“We at Spring Grove School
are delighted to have become
the  rst independent school
in the UK, as well as the  rst setting of any type in Kent to
be approved as a Forest School Association recognised Forest School Provider. It is an honour and a privilege for us to have been recognised in this way and my sincere thanks must go  rstly to our outstanding Forest School team and secondly to the FSA for their recognition and support.
I have personally witnessed our children develop and mature
as a result of our Forest School
programme and through following its core principles. The children love it and simply can’t get enough!”
Mr Paul Curnow, Spring Grove School’s Forest School Leader added “Gaining FSA accreditation
for Spring Grove School has added real credibility to our expanding Forest School programme and has provided national recognition for the efforts of our children, staff and parents who have made it all possible.”
  Young gardeners team up with local nurseries
 The Forest School Association, the UK’s professional body and voice for all things Forest School, have launched a NEW scheme for recognising Forest School Providers who are following good Forest School practice. This is the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme.
WWW.FORESTSCHOOLASSOCIATION.ORG
With the generous help and support of two local nurseries, Bethany School, Kent, Gardening Club is now working alongside the Food & Nutrition Studies (FNS) Department to create an edible garden for pupils to use in their projects.
The idea was the brainchild of Mrs Maggy Fillery, Bethany’s green-  ngered Lab Technician, who
runs the club. Ms Liz MacRae,
Lead Teacher of Food & Nutrition Studies, was delighted to support the scheme by using the fresh ingredients in recipes, although she admits that she’s happy to leave the planting to the club and the FNS Scholars, warning that her  ngers ‘de nitely aren’t green’.
To build up the edible garden in its  rst year, Bethany has received a kind donation from owners of two local nurseries.
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