Gold Award from the Woodland Trust for the Pre-Prep department at The Oratory Preparatory School.
The Pre-Prep department of The Oratory Preparatory School near Goring Heath has been awarded the Green Tree Schools Gold Award by the Woodland Trust. It’s the first year that the school has participated in the Green Tree School Initiative, which has seen more than 12,000 schools sign up since 2008, and is fantastic result. The children have been involved in green activities including planting of trees donated by the Woodland Trust, one was planted for every child in the Pre-Prep.
Lizzie Johnson and Jo Jones, Forest School leaders at the school said, “We are delighted to receive this award. The children have worked hard this year and have become enthusiastic creative learners through this inspiring approach to learning. In forest school the children also take part in outdoor activities including bug hunting, identifying leaves and toasting marshmallows on the campfire.”
In the Pre-Prep department, every child had the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions in the school’s 60 acres of grounds, and offers nature-based play and learning which helps to develop every child’s confidence, self-esteem and independence.
The next step is to work towards the Green Tree Schools Award platinum level! Headmaster, Rob Steward, said he is keen to expand the Forest School offering next year across the whole of the Prep school.