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Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service

Offering a wealth of opportunities for learning outside the classroom


We deliver a wide range of learning outside the classroom opportunities across Derbyshire including urban studies, fieldwork, river studies, Forest School and workshops for staff.

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All of our fieldwork days are developed and delivered by experienced Education Visits Leaders who are all qualified teachers and Forest School sessions are delivered by leaders with the Level three qualification recognised as the national standard.

During the day activities are facilitated by the education visit leaders or forest school leaders and all equipment and resources are provided. We offer pre-visits to all accompanying adults where we discuss your requirements and can adapt to suit your needs.

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The Environmental Studies Service offers a range of activities, facilities and events throughout the year.

  • Derbyshire Urban Studies Centre

Engaging, inspiring and interactive fieldwork programmes are available from our Urban Studies Centre based in Chesterfield's historic Market Hall in the heart of Chesterfield. Covering a wide range of curriculum areas we can adapt and deliver fieldwork programmes for all Key Stages. All our visits are fully risk-assessed and led by experienced education visits leaders who are qualified teachers. All resources and equipment are provided and activities are led throughout the day.

The programmes aim to develop knowledge and understanding of the urban environment and develop fieldwork skills such as observation, mapping and recording. For a full details visit our website or contact us to discuss your visit needs. Current programmes include:

Key Stage 1
  • Art and Design: Urban Art and Design or Sculpture Vultures
  • Geography: Get to know Chesterfield
  • History: George Stephenson – a significant individual
  • Music: Musical Market Place
  • Religious Education: Chesterfield at Christmas
  • Mathematics: Infant Architects

Key Stage 2
  • Art and Design: Urban Designers or Art about town
  • Geography: Understanding Chesterfield, Town Settlements, Investigating Rivers or Geography Skills
  • History: Victorian Chesterfield – a local history study, Roman times in Chesterfield, Tudor times in Chesterfield
  • Design Technology: Towers – pulleys and construction
  • Science: Habitats
  • English: Inspired by Chesterfield

Key Stage 3
  • Geography and History (most suitable for developing key skills for Year 7 students)

  • Outreach visits across Derbyshire

We can come to you and deliver tailor-made fieldwork local to your school or setting. You tell us what you need and we’ll create a fieldwork session and lead your group in your local urban area, on your school site or on a nearby countryside site. This can be on a theme of your choice including:

  • Art and architecture
  • Building detectives
  • River studies on a stream or brook
  • Investigating your local history, geography and landscape
  • Introduction to map and compass work
  • Habitat and wildlife work
  • Practical fieldwork skills
  • A supported visit to a local museum, art gallery, church or heritage site
  • A specific annual event such as memorials around Remembrance Day or environmental theme days.

We also offer programmes and specific opportunities from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Derbyshire Record Office, New Mills in the High Peak and in the Bolsover District. For more details or to discuss your needs please contact us or visit our website.

Our website also has a range of free to download teaching resources for a range of locations and sites across Derbyshire including Middleton Top, Belper, Ashbourne, Shipley Country Park, Elvaston Castle Country Park, Tapton Lock and Glossop.

  • Forest Schools

Forest School is a unique educational process that offers children of all ages opportunity to succeed, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.

The Forest School philosophy is to engage and inspire individuals of any age through an on-going programme of positive experience and participation in achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment.

Derbyshire Forest School service aims to support settings, schools and groups in Derbyshire in developing Forest School Programmes in a sustainable way. We offer mentoring for those undergoing training, can deliver sessions and programmes for your pupils and provide advice, support and help find woodland sites to assist you in establishing your offer.

For more details contact us or visit our blog site at

  • Project and Teacher Workshops

Learning Outside the Classroom Courses and Workshops: We run a wide range of courses and workshops throughout the year. These include how to run activities in your school grounds linked to the English, Maths, Science, Geography, Music, History and Art and Design Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2.

We also offer introductions to outdoor learning for Early Years Staff and Forest School related workshops.

Visit for our current programme and full details.

Contact us and we'll happily tailor-make a workshop for teachers or group leaders which meet your needs. This can be for any age group or ability. This could be:

  • how to use and develop your school's grounds for different curriculum areas
  • how to plan fieldwork programmes effectively
  • how to teach about climate change and energy use
  • how to make your school more sustainable
  • how to use your built heritage and architecture.

  • Partnership Projects
We get involved in a wide range of learning projects with many organisations and settings including developing learning resources and delivering funded projects. If you’d like to work with us, or have us deliver something for you, please get in touch.

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