Time for change…
The Treehouse School is an alternative, non fee paying primary school, where children’s happiness is paramount; where the curriculum is bespoke, designed around children’s needs and interests; where there is a commitment to outdoor learning and hands on experiences; where children are motivated and inspired; where all children are successful as individuality is valued; where respect for the environment and healthy lifestyles are honed…The Treehouse School.
We believe children are entitled to memorable and enjoyable Primary Years.
Joy said: “I am delighted to be Patron of the Treehouse Trust having admired the dedication and the imaginative way Lee and Sharon run their “gang”. The children are learning to think for themselves as well as understand the importance of teamwork. They are living proof of the success of the founders’ teaching methods and are well equipped at the end of their time at the Treehouse to move on to the next stage of their education”.
About Joy Whitby:
Joy is a pioneer of Children’s Television. As Head of Children’s programmes at Yorkshire Television, she produced many innovative programmes including The Book Tower and Under the Same Sky, an international drama exchange sponsored by the European Broadcasting Union. At London Weekend Television she master-minded the iconic series Catweazle, but she is chiefly remembered as the creator of Play School and Jackanory for the BBC.
Joy was a founder member of the Board of Channel 4 and now works as an independent producer through her own company, Grasshopper Productions. Her DVDs are sold through Amazon on her website www.grasshopper.co.uk. Earlier this year she re-published Grasshopper Island, based on her live action film series. She is currently writing and illustrating a box set of Emma and Grandpa, another of her early film series for ITV.
New School Eco-Build
The Treehouse Trust was created in 2011 by two former senior teachers aiming to create an alternative primary school in which children of all abilities and from all backgrounds would thrive.
In September 2012 against the odds and despite receiving no funding from the Government or through charging fees, the charity opened a unique primary school. The Treehouse School is not a government funded “Free School” and depends entirely on donations and volunteers. It is the first of its kind.
Due to its success and a constant stream of enquiries from parents seeking an improved alternative education for their children, the Trustees are now planning to expand through the construction of a new purpose-built eco school.
To find out more about our plans please click here.
- Admissions for September 2018From today, Friday 1st December, applications are invited to fill the five places at The Treehouse, that will become available in September 2018. Interested parties should download an application form from http://thetreehouseschool.org.uk/policies/ sending hard or electronic copies to the school by the closing date 15th December 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 19th December 2017.
- Just Wild!The Gang are currently deeply engrossed in our shared story, ‘St Cuthbert’s Wild School for Boys’, by Ingrid Skeels. It has resonated with our children on so many levels, at the main character Jack fails to thrive in his local school and then goes on to thrive at St Cuthbert’s, ultimately saving the day when […]
- Auction of PromisesFriday 3rd November is nearing….I can’t decide whether I would like the haircut, canoe trip, fishing lesson, blacksmith experience, forensic science taster, artwork, cakes….what to choose! Tickets are £7.50 and include a delicious Treehouse Supper. The catalogue can be found at http://thetreehouseschool.org.uk/auction-of-promises/ We’d love to see you there, but you can still bid even if you […]
- African Sunshine…It was our pleasure this week to play host to eighteen teachers from South Africa, visiting Cholsey as part of the CHOKO project… Their presence influenced much of our week, as we enjoyed playing Mancala… Made South African flags, exploring its mathematical properties and the meaning behind the colours… So, by the time they arrived, […]
- Every school should have some…BINS! Earlier this year, inspired by Stomp Pete, we approached Grundons to see if they would loan us some bins. This they readily did, equipping us with big ones, middle-sized ones and small ones, throwing in fluorescent jackets and hats for each member of the Gang. Well, every school should have some! They have been in […]