Woodventurers Woodland Learning

Nurturing and Enriching alternative provision in Cambridgeshire

Meet the team

The Woodventurers Team

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getting muddy on the allotment

Toni Rogers

Nicki Proietti

Sarah Allington

Alicia Watson

I’m Toni and I’m a lead Woodland Tutor at Woodventurers. After working as an Early Years teacher for many years and raising a family, rather than going back into the classroom, I trained as a Forest School Leader. I have been leading Forest School and Woodland Learning programes for the last 7 years. I am also a Level 4 qualified Forest School and Outdoor Learning Trainer and in this role, fulfil my ambition of making learning an integral part of children’s education. Having worked with many students with SEND, I have first-hand experience of the profoundly positive effects being in nature can have on mental health. Also, how child directed outdoor education can re-ignite a passion for learning. As such, I am committed to enabling people of all ages and abilities to use the outdoors as a platform for learning and growing. 

Some of my other favourite things are ducks, crochet, reading, my family, woolly socks and campfire crumble.

Hi, I’m Nicki and I’m a Lead Woodland Learning Tutor at Woodventurers. Having worked within the Primary Education System for over 18 years as a teacher, Deputy Head and Inclusion Manager. I have gained a wealth of experience working with pupils with SEND, SEMH concerns and those who just don’t quite fit inside the ‘expected’ shaped hole. I am an experienced SENCO and hold the National Award for SENCO’s. With my interest in well-being, I hold a certificate in child and adolescent counselling, have completed CAMHS training for supporting mental health of children and adolescents.

I love spending time outdoors with my children, especially mucking around in our woods, drinking a hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows on the fire. 

When I get the chance, I also like building sandcastles.

Hi I’m Sarah and I’m a Woodland Learning Tutor. My background is in Science – molecular biology to be exact! and I’m a secondary school science teacher/home tutor. I love spending time outdoors especially in the woods so after leaving teaching to raise my family, I trained as a Forest School Leader. I am also a trained FRIENDS facilitator, a resilience programme for 4-16-year olds, designed to reduce anxiety and depression in young people. I love learning new things and skills and finding new things in nature during my Forest School sessions. I am creative and especially love to make things with natural materials. 

My hobbies include, photography, silver jewellery making and cat fostering! I’m also a shepherd, I look after and a flock of sheep in the nearby nature reserve with my two children.

Hi, I’m Alicia. I’m one of the team of Forest School Leaders here at Cambridge Forest Schools. I have worked with children in various outdoor settings since 2016. I enjoy the outdoors in all seasons, but particularly enjoy Spring and Autumn. My current favourite forest school activities are pond dipping and fire lighting. In my spare time, I enjoy running and other physical pursuits and I have recently taken up boxing!