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 Cherry Trees

Lucy Golland

Head of Cherry Trees

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!)

Katie Brookes

Class Teacher

Katie Brookes

Class Teacher

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.

Jennie Donlon

SendCo

Jennie Donlon

SendCo

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.

Rachel Askew

Early Years Practitioner

Rachel Askew

Early Years Practitioner

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

Anna Newton

Early Years Practitioner

Anna Newton

Early Years Practitioner

I have been working at Cherry Trees for three months supporting one of the children.

This experience has given me a great insight to speech and language development and I hoping to carry this interest further.

I am a keen crafter enjoying knitting and dress making.

 

Muti Edwards

Early Years Practitioner

Muti Edwards

Early Years Practitioner

I moved to the area in during the pandemic and joined Cherry Trees in Spring 2021 after living in Nairobi, Kenya for nine years but I’m originally from Malawi. I have a level 5 foundation degree in early years play, work and education. I qualified as a Montessori practitioner 6 years ago. I take great pleasure in instilling a love for learning with the children at Cherry Trees.

Diane Hamilton

Early Years Practitioner

Diane Hamilton

Early Years Practitioner

I have worked in Early Years for over 17 years. Previously I worked in a nursery for 10 years and the Woman’s refuge ad a child support worker.

I am currently studying for my CACHE level 5 senior practitioner. I am also extending my skills in the role of SEN, which is a new challenge for me! I thoroughly enjoy watching children grow and learn, the big smiles when they master a new skill makes my day.

Away from school I love adventures with son. We spend many weekends exploring the local area. When I have a quiet moment in the evening you will find me knitting!

 

Hannah Smailes

Early Years Practitioner

Hannah Smailes

Early Years Practitioner

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.

Lisa Newby

Cherry Trees Practitioner

Lisa Newby

Cherry Trees Practitioner

Before joining  Cherry Trees, I worked at Colourbox Montessori, where I started my Level 3 Early Year Educator qualification. I am due to qualify in the next few weeks.

I enjoy developing messy play activities for the children at school and at home I enjoy walking and holidaying in sunny destinations.

Camelia Rus

Early Years Practitioner

Camelia Rus

Early Years Practitioner

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.

 

 

 

Tara Waddilove

Early Years Practitioner

Tara Waddilove

Early Years Practitioner

I have worked within the Early Years Education sector for over 25 years. The Early Years is the most important time within a child’s development and for me the most interesting. It is during this time that we as Educators should nurture their individual developmental needs and interests in a stimulating environment that inspires their thirst for future learning. Over my career I have worked within a variety of different educational settings including a Day Nursery as a Preschool room leader, Kindergarten Teacher in an independent school, Reception Teacher, Early Years Vocational Qualifications Tutor and most recently as a Learning Support for Special Educational Needs. My qualifications include a Level 3 in Nursery Nursing, Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education, Certificate in Higher Education (Early Years) and a BSc Degree.