Sussex Forest School



nurturing through nature

About Sussex Forest School
At Forest School, we are committed to ‘nurturing through nature’, by providing a stimulating, natural and supportive environment for all children to develop and grow, in a truly holistic way

Sussex Forest School is a family-run business, delivering Forest School into education environments such as mainstream and independent schools, special needs schools and home educated groups, in a variety of woodland settings, in Sussex.


Steve is a qualified primary school teacher and was a class teacher for 10 years in the High Wycombe area, during which time he was also Sports Coordinator and the lead teacher in numerous residential and non-residential school trips, as well as running many extra curricula sports and music clubs.  He moved with Petra and their son Zack to East Sussex in 2016. He is a trained Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and a member of The Forest School Association. For many years he has been heavily involved with outdoor education and has delivered many hundreds of Forest School sessions in a wide range of educational settings.  He holds an Outdoor Pediatric First Aid qualification, is DBS checked and is a Level 3 qualified Bushcraft instructor.

Steve has a strong love and respect for the natural environment and is an avid supporter of Outdoor Education and Forest School in particular. He has four children and spends much time in the outdoors – working, walking, camping and just being, and enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports (mostly watching these days!).

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Petra has worked for many years in the provision of care for children, including those with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. She has assisted in many forest school sessions and worked in outdoor activity camps for children, organising and running activities where the emphasis was on connection to nature, connection to life and having lots of fun. 

Spending time outdoors within the natural environment full of trees, plants and living creatures is a necessity for us to evolve in the right way; for peace to be consciously carried within us rather than being swallowed up by overwhelming stress, and it is a necessity for a healthy, balanced life in today’s busy world.