Welcome from the Head of Site


“The student’s needs and wellbeing are at the heart of everything that we do, and we take pride in helping our students to re-engage with their learning and thrive and develop as individuals and as part of a community.”

Welcome to Ellern Mede Orange Tree (Friary Hall), an independent school provision that specialises in providing the highest quality therapeutic education to children and young people, aged between 11 and 18 years of age, who have may have a variety of complex needs such as Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH), high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or multi-faceted conditions such as anxiety, depression, and school phobia or refusal.

Ellern Mede Orange Tree (Friary Hall) is, along with Ellern Mede Ridgeway and Ellern Mede Barnet, one of the constituent sites of the Ofsted “Outstanding” Ellern Mede School in North London. The Orange Tree (Friary Hall) site grew out of the years of expertise and the wealth of experience that we had grown and cultivated over the past two decades helping children with eating disorders at our Ellern Mede Hospitals.

We realised that our holistic approaches to education with health that we had successfully used in a hospital setting could be applied to a broader range of children and young people who were not hospital inpatients. Thus, in late 2021, Orange Tree (Friary Hall) was founded as a safe, secure, and inclusive environment, where young people could benefit from our outstanding therapeutic education and SEN support.

The student’s needs and wellbeing are at the heart of everything that we do, and we take pride in helping our students to re-engage with their learning and thrive and develop as individuals and as part of a community. We do this through individualised care, in small class sizes, alongside a team composed not just of educationalists, but a wide array of healthcare professionals who work together as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

We are extremely proud of the tireless efforts of all of our staff, driven by the desire to bring about the best outcomes for each and every one of our students. If you have any questions, or know anybody who might benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Zoe Ramshaw & Karen Shirbini
Heads of Site, Ellern Mede Orange Tree (Friary Hall)

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