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Welcome to the Cherry Tree.



Cherry Tree is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further.



The Cherry Tree room has a table to share snacks, a beautiful seating area to play games and work collaboratively.  There is a garden near the Cherry Tree room which provides external seating for an area to work and learn about nature. The children also have access to the extensive school grounds. 

What is the purpose of Cherry Tree and its Philosophy


Cherry Tree is a small class of pupils of 6 – 8. Its composition is carefully thought out to create a balanced and functional group.  Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to revisit early learning skills and promote and support their social emotional development.  There is much research and evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community.  Cherry Tree provides children with this opportunity and so it helps to develop their maturity and resilience.

The philosophy of Cherry Tree is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others and exemplified by ‘The Nurture Group Network’ (


Cherry Tree Principles


  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives
  • Provides opportunities for speaking and listening activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning
  • Daily crafts, games, cooking, a snack and more!
  • Language is a vital means of communication




Which children attend Cherry Tree


Children may attend for specific reasons as follows:


  • Friendship difficulties
  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn
  • Find it hard to listen or join in
  • Disruptive in class and towards others
  • Find it hard to accept a losing game
  • Find it hard to share and take turns
  • Find it difficult to settle in class
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break up


How will Cherry Tree help my child


Cherry Tree will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:


  • To join in
  • To settle
  • To listen
  • To concentrate
  • To share and take turns
  • To accept losing a game
  • To build up friendships with their classmates
  • To understand that their actions have a consequence
  • To increase their confidence and self esteem


Cherry Tree helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.




Does this mean my child is naughty?


No, these sessions are meant to help them manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.


How long will my child be in Cherry Tree for?


Children attend on a part time basis for a period of 2 terms.  However, we ensure that the children do not miss out on the curriculum, any outings or special assemblies.


Are parents/carers involved?


At St Paul’s School we like to consider that our door is always open and therefore welcome parents/carers to visit and join the sessions at any time.  Special event invitations are sent out for example on Mother’s Day, Christmas or simply for afternoon tea and a chat.


An afternoon in Cherry Tree


Children follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children.  This includes:


  • Circle time – this includes group listening and speaking
  • Work tasks
  • Individual and shared play and social skills
  • Sharing a snack


The group runs on consistency, positive reinforcement and lots of praise and encouragement.


Before children attend Cherry Tree, parents/guardians are informed by letter and requested to sign a permission slip.

Cherry Tree Nurture Group Policy 2017