Cherry Tree is an inclusive school and we welcome and support all children. Teachers include all pupils in the classroom and in school life by having high expectations, and by providing appropriate differentiated activities.
Mrs Jackson is the Deputy Head and SENCo and is here to support all parents and children. At Cherry Tree we recognise that working closely with parents will help the school develop a good understanding of your child’s areas of strength and difficulty and enable them to make the best progress.
Please be aware that slow progress and low attainment do not necessarily mean that a child has SEN. Also not all pupils with disabilities will necessarily have special educational needs. Many pupils with disabilities learn alongside their peers with little need for additional resources beyond the aids they use for everyday life, e.g. a wheelchair, hearing aid, equipment to aid vision. Teachers will take action in their planning to ensure that these pupils are enabled to participate as fully and as effectively as possible.
EAL and BMEA at Cherry Tree
At Cherry Tree Primary School we pride ourselves on the cultural diversity of our staff and pupils. 74% of our pupils come from minority ethnic groups and 55% have English as an additional language. These numbers have increased steadily since 2012 and are well above the national average. Nearly 50 languages are represented here at Cherry Tree.
Our curriculum is enhanced by, and reflects, the cultural diversity that our rich ethnic mix of pupils brings to the school. We recognise the advantages of bilingualism and that it contributes to the all round development of the individual child.
Our School assemblies reflect the ethnically diverse nature of our pupils as well as promoting fundamental British Values.
We have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to run numerous courses led by the Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service. These have included ‘Fun with Phonics’, ‘Fun with Writing’ and ‘Muddle free Maths’. We have had great feedback from some of our parents. One parent wrote “This course has helped me to understand how to help my children with writing. It has given me ideas of how to sit and help them”.
As part of our RE curriculum, our pupils have many opportunities to visit places of worship in our community including the Mosque and Church.
Our Year 6 pupils have also visited the Houses of Parliament as part of their study of British Values.
In addition to these visits, we are very lucky to have visitors from our local community come to our school to lead assemblies and visit classes.
Can you help?
We would love to hear from you if you feel you have a story to tell or would like to share your experiences of your diverse cultures with our pupils. Perhaps your grandparents fought for England during the 2nd World War or you made a long journey to England from your native country? Maybe you would like to share experiences of celebrations you may take part in each year? Please become involved – contact us!