Council area: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Forest School contact: Shona McCann
Main Forest School contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School website address: http://www.riversides.org.uk/
Year of Forest School accreditation:
Background: Riverside Special School were fortunate enough to win the Antrim and Newtownabbey Forest School Awards for 2016/17. Outdoor education is especially beneficial to our pupils and we wanted to develop this whole area.
Forest School setting: We used Antrim Castle Gardens during our training with NIFSA. It is about a 20 minute walk but everybody enjoys this part of it as well. The Castle Gardens are fantastic for Forest School sessions. There are formal gardens with spectacular colours most of the year round but also wilder more natural areas where pupils can explore safely. We are also hoping to develop our own school grounds and expand the Forest School concept through a lot of the school.