Pupils at TreeHouse School enjoy many educational trips, including visits to the local shops and cafés, or places of interest in London and further afield. Educational visits are an important part of the vibrant curriculum experience.
They provide opportunities to generalise classroom learning into other environments, and allow pupils to experience new situations outside the school environment.
We plan all visits carefully on an individual pupil basis and conduct risk assessments to ensure the safety of all. Parents and carers are informed and involved, and we may ask for voluntary contributions.
We have excellent outdoor and indoor play facilities, so that our pupils learn to play appropriately, taking turns and interacting with other young people.
We celebrate a wide range of festivals in the school. Highlights from the past year include fairs and parades for Chinese New Year, Easter, and Christmas. Our pupils worked in enterprise classes to produce themed items to sell at these fairs.
Pupils in Years 7 and beyond enjoy a residential visit each year. This starts with a one-night overnight stay at a local Scout park for those in Year 7 and 8, followed by a two-night stay when in Year 9 and 10.
Pupils in Years 11 and 12 get the chance to spend two nights slightly further afield at a residential facility up to an hour away from TreeHouse School. Pupils in Years 13 and 14 spend four nights at an activity centre in the New Forest.
The Saplings project
The award-winning Saplings project at TreeHouse School is an outdoor space providing pupils with an opportunity to learn more about the natural world and develop new skills.
Thanks to the hard work of a number of local and corporate volunteer groups – the patch of land next to the school site in Muswell Hill has been transformed into a thriving outdoor learning environment in recent years.
The project, spearheaded by the charity Ambitious about Autism, won the BIG Biodiversity Challenge’s community engagement award in 2019.
TreeHouse School staff have partnered with workers’ food co-operative OrganicLea for the Saplings project. Orla at OrganicLea, who coordinates the box pack, has been working with staff and pupils. She said:
“The care and enthusiasm of the staff was spot on. They are very supportive and work excellently with the students.”