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Panshanger Park Forest School gets tick of approval

Thursday 8th February 2018

Panshanger Park’s Forest School has earned the bronze level in Ambition’s Quality Mark, proving its excellent standards of outdoor learning to young people in Hertfordshire.

Ambition Quality is an externally-validated award and the quality mark of choice for organisations working with young people and demonstrates that services are safe, well run and nationally-accredited. Last year, the Forest School team submitted evidence to demonstrate excellent youth practice. Evidence included safeguarding practices, action against bullying, proven feedback from children to develop the Forest School programme and evidence as to how volunteers are formally recruited, trained and assessed.

Forest School was additionally awarded a £1,000 grant from Sylvia Adams Trust to continue the good work.¬¬ Panshanger Park Forest School is a Tarmac initiative delivered in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Becky Shenton, Panshanger Park Forest School Officer, says: “We are delighted that Forest School has been recognised in this way by Ambition. The mark is a testament to all the hard work we’ve put into Forest School. We’re pleased that teachers, parents, carers and children can be confident that Forest School offers quality provision, measured against an official framework”. 

Dave McCabe, Interim Property Estates Manager at Tarmac, says: “This award is recognition of the fantastic work and immense effort put into the Panshanger Park Forest School by Becky and her team of volunteers and is well deserved. The Forest School project has proven to be an amazing success providing great opportunities for school children across Hertfordshire to connect with the outdoors and Tarmac are proud to be part of its delivery.”