A brand-new forest school and preschool has opened in Cotton End just outside of Bedford and will look to embrace outdoor learning alongside its standard curriculum.
Cotton End Forest School has been designed as a Forest School so that pupils and staff there can embrace outdoor learning and take part in activities that are not easily available in the classroom.
These may involve learning about wildlife and nature as well as taking part in team activities of having lessons in the open air when the weather allows.
Head teacher Karen Headland said “Children, staff and governors are delighted with our new school. It is a fabulous spacious environment and gives children great opportunities for learning both inside and outside the classrooms.
“It was a pleasure to welcome colleagues from Bedford Borough and Wilmot Dixon here today to officially open Cotton End Forest School.”
Pupils and staff from Cotton End Forest School celebrated the opening by sowing seeds and burying a time capsule, created by the school’s pupils, staff and governors.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, who helped officially open the school, added: “Good schools are central to their local communities, and I was delighted to congratulate staff and pupils on the opening of Cotton End Forest School.
“As a forest school, staff here will be able to provide a unique, high quality learning environment for local children.”