Teenagers go wild as forest becomes their classroom

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YOUNGSTERS at a Doncaster school are hearing the call of the wild.

Over a dozen pupils from Northridge Community School, aged between 12 and 18, have signed up for the Forestry Commission’s Forest Experience course, swapping the classroom for the 250 acre Bentley Community Wood.

Shelter building, fire lighting and campfire cooking will take their place on the school timetable over a four week period.

Forestry Commission Ranger Emily Holmes cut her own wild-living teeth camping on the remote Scottish island of Rum while working on a red deer project.

She said: “We have set aside a special area completely surrounded by trees. It’s another world altogether where it’s bird song rather than traffic making the noise.

“The youngsters are doing really well. This is a great chance to learn new skills and also build self confidence in a unique environment.”

Northridge Community School opened three years ago and caters for 106 pupils with severe learning difficulties.