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Miss-Taplin-300x225The ODC has attracted many outside experts; the list below provides a short summary of the people outside of the school who have supported the work we do.  Many of them give their time for free and have been fundamental in making the area a success. The ODC is a very special place to learn and highlights what can be achieved when we work together to make a vision reality.  Thanks goes to the following people who have entered in to the spirit of our outdoor space and have gone the extra mile to help students benefit from the great outdoors.

Miss Taplin teaches Design subjects at Queen’s school and is enthusiastic about taking teaching outdoors. She is a fully qualified Forest School Leader enabling her to facilitate sessions with a holistic approach and develop the Outdoor Classroom site. Since 2009, Miss Taplin has managed to secure the funding to make this project possible. Her vision for the outdoor classroom has enabled it to grow into the space it is today. Miss Taplin has taken on the design and management of the project, she has formed links with the Woodland Trust, Grown in Britain and skilled craftspeople & ecologists who have made this project possible. Alongside a committed team of teachers who share the ethos of the ODC, Miss Taplin has established the i:WOOD course, has lead enrichment week activities in the woodland, has developed a program for SEN students and is currently encouraging other teachers embrace teaching outdoors – no matter the subject.

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Outside Experts


Adrian is an artisan builder and woodworker, fundamental in the development of the area.  He worked, over a substantial period of time, with students and staff to build the shelter and has run sessions with students on the subject of Embodied Energy. Adrian is better known for his work on The TV show, Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home is a four part series for Channel 4. 

Sebastian Cox

British award-winning designer-maker, passionate about environmental sustainability, worked with our Product Design students in the ODC demonstrating how he uses the woodland to manufacture products.

Cath Hunter

A therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and supervisor who offers a range of services and strategies to support children, families and the staff who work with them to make positive changes in their lives. Cath has also written a book Understanding and Managing Children’s Behaviour and has helped us immensely when designing the i:WOOD sessions for Y11 PSE.

Barbara Kelly

An artist, singer and teacher, who has supported us on a regular bases through her fresh approach and her holistic style of teaching.

Lewis Deacon

An ecologist who identifies our wildlife and is at hand for advice on the management of the area.

Grown in Britain

Brings together everyone who values our forests, woods and trees and the products we can make from the wood they produce. It is an incredibly positive movement that is brings together and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our woodlands and forests that many in our society share to create a strong wood culture; a wood culture that captures personal health and fitness, well-being, community and encourages the use of more wood and forest product.

Emily Cumming

Held a session with our Resistant Materials students, inspiring them by describing her journey into Sustainable design.

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