At Anna Pearce Healing & Learning, our three core intentions are to:
1. Support mothers on their journey
2. Create an empowering space for children to learn
3. Support the whole family's health and happiness
Learning Days are where the children are with other children of similar ages/abilities, learning about their outer world. They have focused sessions with Steve for Forest School (History and Geography), Anna-Lisa for Healing Arts & Movement (Arts) and Chery for Reading, Writing & Maths (English and Maths). These focused sessions are balanced with plenty of time in the forest and free-flow time. The children are learning on many layers, learning through experiencing, as well as intellectually.
Healing Days with Emma are more free-flow, focused mainly on self and developing a positive inner dialogue. Emma cultivates an empowering environment where the children are living mindfully. Emma teaches GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome) which is focused on healing our gut health for a healthier, happier life. The children are learning about food as medicine and growing their food bio-dynamically. They also do lots of arts and crafts, reading and playtime. Having this "being space" is a wonderful balance for the learning days "doing space".
Fun Friday is all about joy and creativity. The children enjoy games, fun, music, drama, craft & outdoor play, all led by Cat, our Fun Friday Guide. It can be easy to lose our sense of fun as we get older so we have created a very special space for the children to really let loose and feel joy and fun. Laughter reduces stress and anxiety levels, and boosts our immune system, which is all part of being happy and healthy.
Anna was a pensions actuary for 10 years before starting her property business with her husband, Drew. After having children, she switched focus to a more holistic way of running her businesses, and started her school in January 2019 as she wanted her children to have an empowering education and to leave school feeling whole and knowing what they wanted to do next.
Emma has been teaching food and nutrition, alongside permaculture agriculture for the last 7 years to families. She runs a home education group at her smallholding in Forest Row. Before that, she was teaching soft crafts to adults with learning difficulties for 5 years.
Cheryl is a trained nurse and has worked with children and youth for over 20 years in various forms. More recently, she was running the lcoal youth group in Forest Row.
Cat has been an actor and children's entertainer for 15 years. More recently, she has been running Cat and Nicko's Holiday Club. You may have seen Cat as Bubbles the Mermaid in CBeebies' Spot Bots.
Steve is a qualified primary school teacher and was a class teacher for 10 years. For the last 7 years, he has been a Forest School Teacher in various settings, and is a trained Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, a member of The Forest School Association and is a Level 3 qualified Bushcraft instructor.
Monday and Tuesday are learning days, Wednesday and Thursdays are healing days and Friday is Fun Friday. All take place in Forest Row. Children can join us for 1, 2 or 5 days a week.
We are in the process of registering as an independent school and have connected with Ofsted who were happy with what we are creating.
It feels important that we are accessible to everybody so we try to keep our fees low. It is £25 for one day, £50 for 2 days and £100 for a week. We also offer an exchange so if a financial contribution doesn't feel good, families can contribute their time, energy or expertise. I'm open to connecting to find an exchange that feels good to both parties.
We are currently receiving 4-11 year olds but hope to extend to all ages (including GCSEs and A-Levels) in the near future.
We are happy to receive children that are considered to have additional needs. However, whilst we register as an independent school, we can only receive children with an EHC plan or statement of SEN for 1 or 2 days.
We have recently had a restructure so are in the process of updating all our DBS checks, first aid training and safeguarding/risk procedures. We have public liability insurance.
You can find out about us through this website and through social media (see below for links)
Our next open day is on Monday 10 February from 3.30pm to 5pm at Broadstone Warren Scout Camp. We can also offer a private visit.
Once you are ready to apply, please complete an application form using the link below.
Once I receive your application, I will get in touch about coming to meet you and your family at your home. My intention is to connect with you so that I can feel how we can best support you. It also gives you an opportunity to meet me and to ask any questions you may have.
If we both feel that the fit is right and that we can support you and your family on your education journey, you are invited to join us for a trial day or trial days.
You are welcome to stay with your child if they are not comfortable with you leaving them. The space we are creating is one of empowerment and respect so we would never ask you to leave if your child is upset. Equally, no parent has ever needed to stay and I believe it's because the children can sense this positive energy.
After your trial day and once you feel ready to commit to your journey with us, I will send you a welcome pack with logistics, term dates, fee information, emergency contact details, etc.