Welcome to the Community Forest School!

We are delighted to have secured funding from ‘The Deal’ (Wigan Council) to develop a woodland area into a community facility for Forest School activities.

The woodland has now been developed into a fantastic Forest School area. Our children and now accessing the facility to undertake activities in the facility and we are now welcoming bookings from local community groups and organisations to use the Forest School.

Since the Forest School area was opened in April, we are proud to have seen so many community users access the Forest School facility. The following community groups/organisations have used the area so far:

  • Atherton Start Well Centre – Weekly ‘Forest Friends’ session.
  • Atherton Childminders Group
  • Astley & Tyldesley Childminders Group
  • Liz Holden Childminder Group
  • Poppins Childminders Group
  • Happy Days Childminders Group
  • Hindsford Day Nursery (Under 2’s, Upper Toddlers and Preschool)
  • Hindsford Primary School (Various Year Groups)

Staff from Hindsford Primary School, Hindsford Day Nursery and Atherton Start Well Centre took part in our community training session on Friday 18th June. Staff at Sacred Heart completed training on Monday 12th April and photographs of our session are at the bottom of this page.

Many thanks to Wigan Council for supporting this project through the deal. A huge thanks must also go to Fred Longworth High School for allowing us to use this land for the project.

The Community Forest School is available to book in the evenings for community groups. For weekend bookings, please contact the school office to discuss.

How to Book:

The booking calendar must be used to request slots and you can view when slots are available.

Step 1: Request your slot(s) via the calendar.

Step 2: Please read and make yourself familiar with our conditions of hire policy – Community Forest School Conditions Of Hire (May 21) Updated

Step 3: Download and complete the booking and monitoring form here – Booking And Monitoring Form (April 21)

Step 4: Email the booking and monitoring form to enquiries@admin.athertonsacredheart.wigan.sch.uk

When we have received your booking request via the calendar and completed booking form, we will be in touch to discuss arrangements.

Here are some photographs from our staff training on Monday 12th April.

Booking Calendar

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