Palm Tree Academy

Palm Tree is a leading after-school activity centre that offers a daily service to children aged 4-16 years old. Our mission is to provide a high quality childcare service catering for children in a homely environment.

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Palm Tree Academy

Suite 8,

20 Gordon Road

Peckham

London

SE15 2AA

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Whether your child needs to build confidence, express themselves or to have fun, our sessions are tailored to their individual needs.

All our staff are qualified practitioners, we are Ofsted registered and Palm Tree is recognised by local authority as a leading child care organisations in the Borough of Southwark.

Palm Tree is a leading after-school activity centre that offers a daily service to children aged 4-16 years old. Our mission is to provide a high quality childcare service catering for children in a homely environment.

We are proud of our vision and philosophy; the determination to treat every child as an individual person, with individual interests, needs and abilities, listening and empowering them to play an active role.

Palm Tree Academy is a leading performing arts-based childcare centre that offers a daily service to children aged between four and sixteen years old. The organisation was founded in 2001 by gospel singer Lorna La-Marr, who drew on her many years of childcare experience to create a safe, stimulating and happy environment in which children could play, learn and develop.

 

In the course of realising this vision, Lorna has consistently been guided by her steadfast belief in the importance of family, both as a means of support and comfort and a tool for instilling and reinforcing positive values. By placing family at the centre of everything the academy does, Palm Tree was able to quickly establish a reputation for stable, homely and nurturing care, while amongst the children who attended, the academy simply became their home away from home.


Lorna’s deep attachment to her Christian faith has also figured prominently in the academy’s story. It gave Palm Tree a strong impulse to teach and share Christian values such as compassion, generosity, truthfulness and tolerance. It has also shaped the academy into a place where children are encouraged to explore the meaning and significance of faith, both as individuals and members of a community. Although Christianity will always be a core part of Palm Tree’s identity, Lorna and the rest of the team believe strongly in celebrating diversity in all its forms and work hard to ensure that the beliefs and traditions of people from other faiths are always respected.


While the academy’s Christian values and family-centred approach help create a positive and nurturing environment for all its members, it is Palm Tree’s performing arts curriculum that makes the academy such an enjoyable and vibrant place to visit. Regular workshops with skilled practitioners provide excellent opportunities for children to develop their talents, skills and interests.


A family-centred approach

Alongside workshops, the academy seeks to engage children with the development of their own creative projects, from smaller and more personal pieces of work such as a musical composition or dramatic monologue, to larger and more collaborative projects such as dramatic stage productions and musicals. On top of this, the academy’s events team works tirelessly to provide children with a platform to show off their hard work and craftsmanship, by arranging regular performances within the local community and across the rest of London.


Above all else, Palm Tree is about putting children first. The academy has always prided itself on its determination to treat every child as an individual person, with individual interests, needs and abilities. Listening to children and empowering them to play an active role in shaping the way Palm Tree delivers its services is one of the most important aspects of the academy’s overall vision and philosophy. Not only does it help the business to drive up standards and improve the quality of its care, it ensures that the academy is never caught standing still and gives Palm Tree a dynamic quality that children of all ages and all backgrounds respond to.


Today Lorna remains an important figure in the academy, working to ensure its legacy is safeguarded and offering support and advice to her daughter Alishea, who took over as centre manager in August 2014.

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A leading child care organisation

Putting children first

Suitable for all grade levels

Measurable results

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