Meet Jess Walton, founder and lead teacher at Fresh Air Learning. Jess qualified as a primary school teacher in 2008 and has worked with children of all ages from Nursery through to Year 9. With a particular interest in supporting holistic learning with close links to the outdoors, Jess undertook her Level 3 Forest School training in September 2016 and became a qualified Forest School practitioner a year later.
Completing her Beach Leader training in 2018, she has also gained certificates in Paediatric and Outdoor First Aid.
Jess has a passion and natural flair for working with children. She is knowledgeable and keen to engage all ages with the world around us with a particular focus on the coastal and forest environments.
Most recently, she has successfully led the coastal curriculum at a local independent school but is now branching out to establish Fresh Air Learning as a leader in learning outside the four walls of a traditional classroom.
This is Helen. She is currently a Level 3 Forest School Leader trainee. Helen has been involved in education for many years and discovered Forest School through a love of the outdoors. She used to lead the gardening club at a local school and is passionate about growing things, especially food to eat!
Helen is working with Fresh Air Learning to develop her skills as she completes the Forest School Leader course. Once fully qualified, she will be able to lead her own sessions. She has an amazing knowledge of the plants in the woodland so dont forget to ask her about how to spot the difference between an oak and sycamore tree.
Jess's son is our resident champion firelighter and expert tree climber. He loves being outside and managing his own fire safety. An expert at burning marshmallows, he also enjoys a hot chocolate in the woods, usually from the hefty heights of a nearby tree.
If you want to improve your fire-lighting skills with a flint and steel, Noah is the best person to ask!
If you join us during the holiday sessions, you may see this young lady helping out. She also attends any parties as she is an expert at just about anything Forest and Beach School. She wants to train as a young Forest School Leader when she is older so she is in training until then!