News Pencoed Forest School Programme

Published by Christopher on 28th October, 2019

Local Forest School Programme goes from strength to strength with ongoing support from Payton Jewell Caines Estate Agents.

“From Little Acorns, Mighty Oaks Grow” so the saying goes.

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Pencoed Primary school, together with financial support from local estate agents Payton Jewell Caines, are helping local school children get in touch with nature and learn and grow in an outdoor relaxed environment.

First introduced in 2013, the Pencoed Primary forest school programme continues to focus on developing self-esteem and confidence for its pupils. Winning the ‘Excellence in forestry schools award’ in 2015, the programme is going from strength to strength.

Julie Jenkins, the schools Family Engagement Officer, spends time with a small group of children in the stunning forest setting, accompanied by Faye Williams, Forest School Leader, who teaches the children essential life skills. The group has a maximum of 8 children at any one time and focuses on those who need a little extra help coming out of their shell and gaining confidence.

The combination of the tranquil peaceful environment of the forest, and the fun team-building exercises are a fantastic way of encouraging children to relax and join in with a group activity, where they may usually not feel as free, or comfortable doing so in a structured classroom environment.

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Payton Jewell Caines are proud to contribute to the school’s programme. Sharon Sturgiss of the Pencoed PJC branch was thrilled to see how much had changed since she last saw the forest in 2015.

Julie Jenkins, Family Engagement Officer, said “Seeing this initiative take off, with the children benefiting whilst growing in confidence is fantastic. PJC’s kind donations mean we can use the forest often. It’s a perfect outdoor space that we use in all weathers”.

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Payton Jewell Caines invest thousands back into the local community each year. We have a local branch situated in the centre of Pencoed and we continue to help and support people buy sell and rent homes.

PJC feel they have a great responsibility to continue to support and help the local community where they can. This initiative to help children build confidence and self-esteem is one close to PJC’s hearts and it’s great to see so many benefitting from this programme.