On Thursday 10 November, Victoria Prentis MP officially opened Harriers Banbury Academy’s new Forest School Den.

Forest School is a cross-curricular, engaging and pupil-led initiative that allows children of all ages to discover more about their natural environment. It offers pupils the opportunity to develop their self-esteem and confidence through hands-on learning.

The Forest School Den is a new eco-classroom which will provide a valuable outdoor learning resource to complement the Forest School, combining project-based digital learning, and further preparing pupils for the world of work. The Den is an economical wooden structure, fusing outdoor learning with project-based digital learning. Not only will the new Den provide a unique learning space for the pupils, it will also provide an alternative venue for families, parents and the wider community.

Following the opening, Victoria commented: “It was an honour to open the new eco-classroom at Harriers Banbury Academy. The Forest Den is an exciting new resource for the children to learn more about the natural world. Hands-on experiences are so important for young people, and I am in no doubt that the Den will enhance the pupils’ curiosity, creativity and knowledge.”

Alex Pearson, Executive Principal at Harriers Banbury Academy, said: “At Harriers, we have three core values: purpose, self-worth and engagement. We are always looking for ways to stimulate our pupils’ curiosity and creativity, while providing purposeful learning, fun and engagement. Outdoor learning and our new Forest School Den provide our pupils and teachers with exciting opportunities to learn in different and engaging ways, mixing modern technology with the great outdoors!”