Wesleyan behind woodland learning space

Wesleyan behind woodland learning space

A school in Telford is to create a new woodland learning area to help young people with complex needs, thanks to £6,000 in funding from the specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan.

Southall School is to create the facility in a nearby woodland using help from volunteers from the Smallwoods Association, a charity that protects pockets of woodland across the UK.

The project is designed to promote outdoor learning into the curriculum at Southall School, which is a secondary school for pupils with a range of complex needs, while also encouraging students to help look after their local woodland.

Mrs Abi Martin, Head Teacher at Southall School, said: “We have not had any outside learning areas before for the children and this project will allow us to create a space that will be engaging and accessible.

“The opportunity to work with Smallwoods and Wesleyan will be life-changing for our pupils and staff. It will create a learning environment that will enhance our school and provide opportunities for enriching learning.”

The project at Southall School is part of a wider project between Wesleyan and Smallwoods Association to develop more woodlands across the Telford and Wrekin areas, making them accessible for local communities while also promoting the conservation of the forests.

Jessica Wilkes Reading, corporate responsibility officer at Wesleyan, said: “As part of our corporate responsibility strategy at Wesleyan caring for our environment is extremely important to us and the Smallwoods Association does great work across the UK in preserving our forests.

“When we saw that they were working with Southall School to build a new learning area in a nearby woodland, it made perfect sense for us to offer our support. We’re looking forward to seeing how the school kids will benefit from the new facility and develop their outdoor skills.”

Julia Allison, Development Officer at the Smallwoods Association, added: “Woodland areas are hugely valuable, both for wildlife and air quality, but also as a resource for local people. We want to create a woodland working area where the young people at Southall can learn about the great outdoors, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support we’ve had from businesses.”

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