Who are we?
Alex grew up at Cleghorn and, having recently moved back is reacquainting himself with some of its hidden corners and discovering new ones with the help of his wife, Lauren, and children Patrick, Trudy and Georgie ... and not forgetting Tilly the dog.
Alex trained as a primary school teacher and always had a 'thing' for outdoor learning, and is happiest when outside, regardless of the weather. Trained in Fire and Tool Skills and Loose Parts play - as well as Emergency Outdoor First Aid - he has seen how much his children have learned from their outdoor adventures: the confidence they have in their own ability, their natural curiosity and intrigue in the world around them.
Alex believes that, from an educational point of view, children learn best by doing things themselves and particularly when that 'doing' is lead by them.
A big child at heart, Alex basically just wants to spend as much of his time getting muddy outside ... he just needed to find a way of justifying it to Lauren!
As wife and business partner, Lauren works behind the scenes making sure that the numbers make sense and bringing her experience as a secondary teacher and teacher of children with additional needs into the mix. She brings some order to things and looks after the children while Alex looks after someone else's.
Patrick and Trudy are the inspiration behind Outdoor Cleghorn. Patrick is a typical boy, forever picking up slugs, scrabbling in streams and clambering over and through things. Trudy is two years younger than her brother, but there's nothing to say that she won't be the same: Down Syndrome might limit her academically, but the woods and trees will let her be her. The idea for Outdoor Cleghorn came from recognising this and wanting to offer the opportunities that Trudy and Patrick will have to other children. Georgie loves sitting in the grass, listening to the noises and shouting things at anyone and anything but the hope is she will be much the same.
The Important Stuff
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