Welcome to Cherry Trees

Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, our purpose-built space with indoor and outdoor classrooms is designed to meet your child’s needs where they can experience, develop and learn in a nurturing environment.

Our Cherry Trees teachers respect your child’s inner motivation to develop their own interests by ensuring that the environment is engaging. Celebrating the classroom environment our teachers have fostered, Cherry Trees teaching and learning is rated “Excellent” by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. 

Children develop their independence in thought and action, which will become embedded in their whole lives. Woven together with the Montessori philosophy, we plan a wide variety of topics based on seasonal themes which link to different cultures around the world, including cooking food, learning dances, dressing in traditional costumes and learning about the lives of the people who live there.

Meet The Cherry Trees Team

Lucy Golland

Head of Early Years

BA (QTS)

Lucy Golland

Head of Early Years

BA (QTS)

I graduated as a qualified  teacher, specialising in P.E. and Early Years. I have been teaching for 25 years in a number of different schools in the UK and 6 of those years in an international school in Thailand. During this time I travelled extensively across South East Asia.

Apart from teaching, my passion is in interior design and upcycling. I am currently embarking on an exciting new adventure, living in a caravan for a year and building a house with my partner (I’m leaving the building part to him!)

Jennie Donlon

Cherry Trees SENDCo

Level 4 Montessori

Jennie Donlon

Cherry Trees SENDCo

Level 4 Montessori

I have worked in Early Years for 17 years, undertaking my training in Montessori 15 years ago. During this time I have studied and obtained the following qualifications ;- Level 4 Montessori, Level 3 Cache Diploma in Preschool Practice, Level 2 Cache Certificate in Preschool Practice, Safeguarding, First Aid, to name a few. I enjoy the ethos of Montessori and how it promotes independence, confidence and self discovery within children.

Five years ago I was offered the opportunity to undertake further qualifications relating to Special Needs, which led to me becoming the Senco Lead these qualifications included Level 3 Role of the Senco, Good Beginnings Autistic Awareness, Cache Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health, Cache Level 2 Mental Health in Children, Cache Level 2 Working in Mental Health, PEC’s, and many others . Being both an EY practitioner in Reception and Senco instills passion, drive and commitment in myself and my work.

I enjoy learning outside of work and have recently signed up to do a Neuroscience course in Early Years.

Katie Brookes

Nursery Class Teacher

BA PGCE

Katie Brookes

Nursery Class Teacher

BA PGCE

I am currently in my first year of teaching after qualifying in July 2021. Previous to teaching I have worked alongside children and young people over the course of my career either in early years settings or in residential homes (Social, emotional and behavioural and/or disabilities/SEN). I adore working with children and exploring the world with them. I am very passionate about inclusivity, reading and PLAY!
Outside of school you will find me walking, taking my daughter and dog on adventures and reading. I also have a degree in Creative Writing, my level 3 in (Residential) Childcare and sign language.

Camelia Rus

Nursey Montessori Lead Practicioner

Level 4 Montessori

Camelia Rus

Nursey Montessori Lead Practicioner

Level 4 Montessori

I have been working in childcare 10 years and I have a degree in Philology (the study of languages). I am a qualified teacher and I have a level 4 Montessori qualification. Prior to working at Cherry Trees I worked in a Montessori nursery in London.

 

 

 

Hannah Smailes

Early Years Lead Practitioner

Level 3 Early Years

Hannah Smailes

Early Years Lead Practitioner

Level 3 Early Years

I’ve been working in Early Years since qualifying as a Level 3 in 2013. I joined the Cherry Trees Team in their Toddler Room in February 2022.
I especially enjoy watching the children engaging in new experiences and developing their relationships.

Rachel Askew

Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 Early Years

Rachel Askew

Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 Early Years

I am a level 3 qualified practitioner. I worked at Riverwalk for 2 years throughout my training prior to coming to Cherry Trees.

I enjoy arts and crafts with children. Outside school I am a member of Silver Mist Majorettes as a lead dancer, choreographing dances and taking part in competitions