Sarah Robertshaw (APIOL) is founder and director of Step-Out.  Sarah is an Accredited Practioner with the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL), has worked for the Forestry Commission for over 10 years leading the Forest School Community Team and the Wyre Forest Training Centre. She is a Forest School trainer, an IOL foundational bushcraft competency certificated practitioner, is a qualified teacher (holding the Certificate of Education), counsellor (Advanced Diploma) and reality therapist.

Sarah has led workshops at several National conferences including Forest School conferences and the IOL National Conference.

Her real passion is working with people, especially the hard to reach.  She has developed programmes for many different groups of people including adult groups, the very young with Mum and/or Dad, pupil referral units for those with challenging behaviours, mental health issues, home educated young people, family centres, those involved in domestic violence and mainstream educated students of all ages

Through Step-Out, Sarah continues her work of developing and helping people, using the outdoors as a medium for challenge and change in people’s lives.

The Team


Counsellor & Forest School Leader

Following my lifelong love of the outdoors, I joined Step-Out and have never looked back.  I am passionate about what i do at Step-Out and work in a person centred way. I am keen to pass on my forest school knowledge to others through the nature awareness activities we offer.


Director and Forest School Trainee Leader

My love for all things outdoors and nature combined with working with children and adults started me on my Forest School Journey.   I worked in a local infant school as a Forest School assistant and Leader for three years before moving to Step-Out.  I enjoy supporting people, both young and old, on their voyage of self-discovery through nature programs.


Forest School Trainee Leader

I too prefer being outdoors and get my energy from being amongst nature. I most enjoy learning bushcraft skills and passing this knowledge on to others. I am also a fan of natural crafts and am rather handy with a whittling knife!