Outstanding Therapeutic Education

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The Ellern Mede Orange Tree  is a leading co-educational secondary school focussing on health, happiness, and a holistic education

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A School that puts the needs of your child first

Welcome to The Orange Tree School, an independent secondary school for students aged 11 to 18 who will thrive in a small, therapeutic and nurturing environment.

Our outstanding, highly qualified staff supports our students by providing specialised and tailored education and care to pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), and those without. Our school provides inspiring teaching that meets their learning needs and enables them to fulfil their potential.

We believe every child is unique and pride ourselves in delivering bespoke education and care that embraces the individual’s needs and aspirations.

At the heart of our ethos is a child centred approach which seeks to minimise anxiety and develop positive relationships, focus on building confidence, celebrating accomplishments, and working towards achieving academic goals. 

Mainstream settings don’t suit every pupil. Some students find the transition to secondary school overwhelming. Others just need a more caring and calmer environment. All of them will find a safe, warm, and supportive atmosphere here at Orange Tree School.

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"Joining the Orange Tree School has been a tremendous opportunity to take the next step in my teaching career"

Ben
Teacher of English
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"The creativity and opportunities to personalise each students' learning makes our school community so special!"

Suzanne
Teacher of Art
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"The variety of each day at OTS makes coming to work so rewarding. There's no better feeling than ending the day knowing you have helped make a difference"

Ethan
School Development and Teacher of Maths
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"It’s not like mainstream school. There are no bullies.

"It feels different to my last school. It feels like there is less pressure and I like being there."

 

DM
Current student
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"Finding the right school has changed everything for our whole family. Our son is happier, less anxious and life at home has become so much easier."

CM
Parent
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WHAT MAKES THE ORANGE TREE SCHOOL SO SPECIAL

Our Core Values

Unique Educational Vision

An Orange Tree School, education is a bespoke experience that combines small group teaching, a tailored curriculum, and outstanding pastoral care. We believe that education should nurture the whole student and not 'just' be about getting grades.  

Outstanding Staff

From our teachers to our inclusion team and clinical specialists, every member of the Orange Tree School team is an expert in their field with a wealth of experience. They all understand the complexities of the young people they work with and know how best to enable them to reach their fullest potential. 

Vibrant Location

Set in a former church in the quiet North London town of Whetstone, the Orange Tree location is itself a key part of our students’ education. The timeless exterior combined with modern facilities speaks to the school’s character that combines classical foundations with cutting edge ideas. 

Therapeutic Environment

A key dimension of the support we offer is the therapeutic environment. We understand that sometimes clinical support is required for our students to help them overcome the challenges they may face. By integrating therapeutic support within the school experience for those children, we can more effectively implement strategies as a team. 

Welcoming Community

The Orange Tree is more than just a school. It is a community founded on strong support networks and caring relationships.  Our young people learn to build relationships and develop their communication skills as part of a close-knit community. 

Years of Experience

The Orange Tree School was founded in late 2021. The central core of the school emerged from the consistently Ofsted Outstanding Ellern Mede Schools. The team behind the Orange Tree School has over 20 years experience at the top of specialist  education provision. 

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