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  • TreeHouse School
    Woodside Avenue
    N10 3JA
  • Head: Kerry Sternstein
  • T 020 8815 5424
  • F 020 8815 5420
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 19 with autism
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Haringey
  • Pupils: 90; sixth formers: 20
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: All funded by LA
  • Open days: December, February, April, June, July
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th October 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 9th December 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school now has pride of place in a well-heeled north London suburb, a stylish, eco-build development, at odds with its Victorian neighbours. Set back from the road by large tarmac driveway and intimidating security gates, the effect of this timber-clad block with living turf roof is more Scandinavian ski lodge than special school. All of the classrooms have windows to the corridor, to maximise adult supervision at any one time. The high ceilinged central hallway serves as a flexible space for learning - we witnessed a pair of students enjoying a reward on exercise bikes there... 

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What the school says...

TreeHouse is an independent special school for children with autism. We deliver highly individualised personalised learning for children with autism using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Kerry Sternstein, previously head of Shaftesbury High School, a special needs school in Harrow. Education degree from Sunderland University; joined Shaftesbury School in 1996 and took over the headship in 2014 after 10 years as deputy head. She also teaches and mentors trainee teachers.

Academic matters

The school takes from age 3, but in reality many children are not placed by local authorities so early. All students have a diagnosis of ASD, many are severe and 80 per cent are non-verbal. With 16 children in the primary stages, classes are small. More children join at the secondary level, particularly as interaction difficulties in mainstream become apparent. Another bulge in numbers occurs at sixth form level.

The four primary classes are named after trees, Maple, Willow etc, and are taught...

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Special Education Needs

TreeHouse is an independent special school for children with autism. We deliver highly individualised personalised learning for our pupils using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. We are based in Muswell Hill, North London and have excellent links for integration with local mainstream schools. All our pupils are funded by their home LEAs. Many of our children have multiple diagnoses but all will have a primary diagnosis of autism.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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