Forest School Awards
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Jordanstown School

Council area: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Forest School contact: Joan McNeill
Main Forest School contact email address: jmcneill604@c2kni.net
School website address: https://jordanstownschool.org/
Year of Forest School accreditation:

Background: Jordanstown School is a school for deaf children and children with visual impairments, including blindness. It is based in Jordanstown, north of Belfast. We have both Primary and Post Primary departments as well as facilities for pupils aged 16-19.

We have found that Forest School provides opportunities for a wide range of sensory and experiential learning for our pupils outside the traditional classroom.

Forest School setting: We are very fortunate to be able to run Forest School here in our school grounds in our Nature Reserve. In 2014 Jordanstown Together, the Parent and Staff Association at Jordanstown School began raising funds in order to reclaim a large area of overgrown land at the school that could be used by all our pupils and staff as a place to learn and teach. Two years later the work was completed and we now have a really beautiful Nature Reserve at the rear of the school on what was once disused and neglected land. All this came about as the result of a lot of hard work from parents, staff and the Trustees of the school. In addition, we were able to use a very generous donation that a family made on behalf of their son, a pupil of ours who had sadly died. His family wanted this money to be used for the benefit of the pupils at Jordanstown School and we are delighted that they are really enjoying learning about nature in this wonderful new resource.


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