Welcome to White Trees School

SureCare Residential was created to help young people to whom life had presented more problems than solutions, overcome their difficulties and progress towards greater fulfilment. To date SureCare Residential has opened three residential homes, and has supported many young people to make positive choices about their future, and develop the skills needed to progress towards adulthood.

In 2013 SureCare Residential identified the need for a more specialised, nurturing education for some young people in their care, and began the process of developing an independent school to meet this need – White Trees Independent School was founded. The school is currently based in Ongar, and is registered at present to provide education for up to 6 students.

SureCare Residential had a vision of how the school should run, and employed Tess Boyes as Principal of White Trees School in order to ensure this was put into practice. Tess has a long career in Education where she has worked in a wide variety of settings from being a classroom Humanities teacher in a large comprehensive mainstream school, through work in a Referral unit, to a Senior Management role with responsibility for Pastoral work in a large mixed ability school. Her work has always been firmly rooted in the belief that emotional wellbeing and good mental health underpin good learning. A systemic approach to ensuring the physical, emotional and educational wellbeing of each child has evolved from this belief that a nurture based approach, where the stage not age of a child determines their learning environment and programme. Tess is fully qualified to complete her role as Principal with the following qualifications: Batchelor of Education, Masters in education, MSC in leadership and management within education and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

The school provides a personalised curriculum for each child, which is delivered by staff who are experienced in delivering a variety of approaches and content. This all takes place within a supportive and safe learning environment. The school also understands the importance of developing excellent working relationships with each student and their wider support network, and ensures that all school staff work towards this as a priority and foundation for progress.

All information you will find in this pack should provide you with a good understanding of the school’s ethos and mission, and how the education of each student will be provided.

If you have any questions, or specific needs, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

White Trees Vision & Ethos

Vision & Ethos

A curriculum vision for White Trees Independent School. Everything we do is firmly rooted in the six principles of Nurture:..


SureCare residential homes

SureCare residential homes

SureCare provides safe secure therapeutic residential child care, catering for young people with challenging behaviour within...


Alternative Curriculum


As each of our students has a curriculum constructed to suit their interests, aptitudes and abilities, we dip into a wide range of...

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