The Treehouse

Why do we have a Tree House?

The Tree House is an exciting resource within the school. It is designed to help young people get the most out of their time at Holmfirth High School. In a calm, structured environment, pupils work in small groups, developing life skills that will enable them to be more successful in their classes and in school generally. Activities are provided to nurture skills such as making choices, taking responsibility, co-operation and teamwork.

How are pupils referred?

Pupils can be referred by staff or parents. A profile assessment is completed by a member of staff who knows them well. This assessment identifies which activities will be most beneficial to individuals so programmes are carefully targeted. Regular reassessment takes place to ensure that pupils return to their full timetables as soon as they are ready

What happens at The Tree House?

Children will spend up to four lessons per week in The Tree House (normally only two or three) and will: – Use their curiosity constructively, – Improve their self-esteem, – Develop confidence, through close and trusting relationships with adults and peers.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Worried about your child settling into High School?

One of the services we offer is The Treehouse which works on self esteem and building confident relationships.

We are happy to give you an insight and discuss any worries or questions you may have. We are happy to show you around, please call Danielle or Quentin to make an appointment (01484 691460) or email d.brown@holmfirthhigh.co.uk

Case Study:

Student E Student E found school life difficult, and had experience family bereavement prior to arriving at High School; in particular he would lose his temper often and found it difficult to back down from confrontations. He was part of the Treehouse groups during year 7 and 8 and improved his skills in 19 of the areas measured by the Boxall profile. He has coped well with school life since he graduated from the Treehouse and has continued to develop independantly through year 9. This year he has had 52 comments recorded for positive behaviour; last year this figure was only 11. His head of year is clear that Treehouse played a key role in this student’s success. The student himself says of Treehouse that “I realise now how much I learned in Treehouse”

How to identify the kind of young people we work with in the Treehouse

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Many fears and easily scared

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Picked on or bullied by other children

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Lacks confidence and enthusiasm

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Restless and wanders around classroom

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Shy

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Makes a lot of noise

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Often seems worried

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Clingy

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Easily distracted

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Vunerable

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Panics

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Low self esteem

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Often has temper tantrums

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Angry

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Attention seeking

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Nervous