Who we are

Grow to School is a not for profit Community Interest Company founded in 2011 by Ama Chaney and Zana Wood.

Grow aims to give children access to some of their most memorable learning experiences, help them make sense of the world around them and put their learning into a meaningful context through being outdoors.

Our mission is to:

  • To support schools to take the curriculum outside the classroom & create meaningful learning experiences
  • Help schools to make the most of their outside space
  • Share resources to help teachers take learning outdoors
  • Put children in touch with where their food comes from through growing, cooking and eating it
  • Help children learn about and care for the natural environment

Grow to School has worked with numerous schools across Yorkshire building successful outdoor learning and food growing collaborative partnerships. Here is some feedback from schools we have worked with:

Meet the team

Grow to School is organised and delivered by an enthusiastic and professional team of  qualified individuals. All practitioners are enhanced DBS checked, have current first aid and Level 2 Food Hygiene certificates. We are all practised in carrying out and updating risk assessments.

  • Ama Chaney

    Director and Outdoor Practitioner

    Ama has a degree in Environmental Science and worked in environmental conservation for many years. She loves growing her own food and engaging with the environment and biodiversity. The parent of two children, she knows first-hand the important role the outdoors plays in cultivating curious minds, healthy bodies, and environmental stewardship in children.

    I love Grow outdoors – its like an adventure
    St Thomas Primary School, Huddersfield
  • Vashti MacLachlan

    Outdoor Practitioner

    Vashti has a degree in Drama and delivered drama workshops in schools for many years. She is now a qualified horticulturalist and garden designer and would be lost without her allotment of 20 years standing.

    We are growing as fast as the vegetables and fruits…..we  will miss doing the ace activities with you. Wish us luck!!!
    Crowlane Primary & Foundation Stage School, Milnsbridge
  • Zana Wood

    Director and Outdoor Practitioner

    Zana Wood has been working in schools for over 25 years. She takes a creative practical approach to learning outdoors and specialises in developing curriculum based sessions that are informative and enjoyable.

    I love learning with Zana it's fun even when it's cold and wet
    Purlwell Infant and Nursery School, Batley
  • Kathy Womersley

    Outdoor Practitioner

    Kathy’s has a degree in Environmental Management and has many years’ experience working for local authorities and environmental organisations. She has a passion for the environment and wildlife as well as 20 years’ experience of productive allotment growing.

    I’m really enjoying Grow, you make gardening much more fun than my Grandma, and I’m learning so much stuff
    St Aidan’s First School, Skelmanthorpe