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Forest School Leader

  • Job start: September 2021
  • Salary: Dependant upon experience
  • Closing Date: by 4pm on Wednesday 16th June
  • Interviews: Week beginning 21st June



We are looking to appoint a self- employed Forest School Level 3 Leader.

The successful candidate will have sole responsibility for the delivery and progression of the schools established Forest School Program. At present every student has access to 10 weekly sessions throughout the academic year.

Forest School takes place over one and a half days for a 10 week term, with additional full day sessions each term.



Forest School was established at Cheriton in the Autumn of 2016.  The school has access to a small piece of rent-free woodland which is ideally situated 600 metres from the school.  The woodland is bordered along one side by the River Itchen, an SSSI, the source of which starts not far from the village. Over the last five years provision has grown and Forest School has become an established and much loved part of the academic year.


Our present Forest School Leader is leaving us to work with a broader group of adults and children, especially those with specific emotional and well-being needs.


Students come out to FS as part of their working week. The nature of the school means that the maximum in each year is 15.  With two year groups making up  3 classes from years 1-6. Each of the three classes come out for one - 10 week term in the academic year.  This class will be split into two equal groups. The morning session, at present, runs from 0915-1215 and 1315-1530.

Each term will also see a total of 4 full day sessions. This is to enable the students to experience each ‘season’. Equally longer days give opportunities for more fun and campfire cooking.

Reception have a different program to all the other students. The whole class, of 15 students, come out for 3 terms of 10 weeks. They do not, at the moment, experience a full day during any of the 3 terms.

Students are supported by a class teacher or Learning Support Assistant as well as parent volunteer(s).


  • The position is for newly qualified or established Forest School Level 3 leader.
  • There are opportunities to visit the site and/or join part of a FS session.
  • The FS leader must be able to provide all their own tools and resources to deliver FS.
  • Applications to be a CV with two separate references.
  • Covering letter, no more than one page, about what they love about FS.
  • An aspect of the interview process would involve leading a 20 minute part of a FS session.
  • Aspects of the interview process will involve the Headteacher, SENCO and our present FS Leader.
  • At interview, provide a copy of their handbook and necessary policies and procedures for their Forest School


The successful candidate will need show evidence of:

  • An up to date outdoor first aid certificate.
  • Evidence of an outdoor cooking and food hygiene course would be preferable.
  • Evidence of insurance policy

Take a look at our Forest School page on this website via the link below.

OPEN DAYS-------- Sat 9th October 10.00 - 11.00, Tues 12th Oct 9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 13th October 1.30- 3.00. Contact the school office to book a place.