Newquay Forest School is a social enterprise initiative based in Newquay, Cornwall.
The school was designed specifically to create a learning space in which individuals, both young and old would be inspired to be creative, to explore and learn through first hand experiences and to develop resilience and confidence along with many other key life skills.
The school encourages and provides opportunities for time spent outdoors, facing up to and overcoming the various challenges afforded by our natural environment and by those inherent in our programs.
Framed within controlled parameters and under the close supervision of highly qualified staff, the school aims to encourage individuals and groups of all ages to explore and learn that there is more to them than they think!
The school also provides a variety of taylor made educational and training packages which can be achieved either through short sessions or alongside a longer term program.
Set up as a social enterprise for the purpose of benefitting the local community, the project is overseen by an unincorporated community group. Members of the group include: teachers, youth workers, outdoor education professionals, a number of parents, including a community policeman, along with a group of children and young people. Jonathan manages the centre assisted by a number of other highly experienced staff and a group of trainee instructors.
Jonathan (Jo) is a qualified teacher and lecturer who has worked for much of his career as an adventure training instructor. Jo is an experienced Forest School trainer as well as a British mountain leader, survival instructor, rock climbing and water sports coach and and has a wealth of experience in team development training. He is married to Anna and thinks she is the best thing since sliced bread!
Wendy is Forest School and Outdoor Learning Lead at one of Cornwall's largest primary schools, where she works with over 400 children delivering regular Forest School sessions. Wendy works alongside our students giving running support and encouragement as they work towards their qualifications. She is dedicated, caring and has a wealth of experience to share.
Anna is an artist and full time mum. She loves to help others to unleash their creativity and makes everything she does fun. She likes good food and making things look beautiful. Anna supports our young people with their social and emotional development and also helps steer the ship in general. Anna is also our resident chef, reviews of her food are routinely off the chart amazing!
Lizzie heads up our nurture programmes. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and overcome the various barriers they face, especially those with social and emotional needs. She also looks to support parents in their most important role of raising children. Lizzie heads up our Life Track program and also helps support our student practitioners as they gain their Forest School experience.
Mike heads up our first aid training. An experienced paramedic, ex beach lifeguard and minor injuries practitioner. Mike has a huge amount of practical experience to share and is incredibly good at communicating in a way that is fun, engaging and easy to understand.
Mark has sailed the oceans on a tall ship, ventured to the middle east in search of adventure and has gained a huge amount of experience including movie production, horticulture, bee keeping and all things outdoors! Mark currently works as part of our Life Track program and is pioneering Beach School sessions the rest of the time. Mark is creative, imaginative and an incredible man to learn from.