The team

We are a small team of talented professionals working with children outdoors. We have a wide range of skills and experience and love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Stephen

Forest School Leader

Stephen Simpson has worked for over twenty years with 3-18 year olds in creative indoor and outdoor environments in both state and independent schools. He undertook the Level Three Forest School Leaders course in 2017. He is a passionate believer in using alternative learning methods with children who need help coping with the pressures of the modern classroom. This has led him to outdoor learning and the forest school ethos.

Sam

Outdoor Practitioner

Sam Taylor-Colls PhD is a Research Psychologist in Children and Families who has been working with vulnerable children and families for the last fifteen years. She has successfully written and completed her PhD looking at the relationship between a child’s social environment and their emotional development. Before joining St John’s Sam worked collaboratively with health care professionals, local authorities and educational establishments to nurture and protect children’s emotional well-being.

Ann

Teacher & SENCO

Ann is a teacher at St John’s school and is passionate about young people having the best opportunities in life. She studied in Early Years to support children in having the best start in the school environment. Ann specialises in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. In 2007 she went to Sweden to study Forest schools in their education system and was stimulated by that experience to create Forest school in an English setting. Ann is a trustee of Creative Youth, organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival.