Cherry Tree Learning Centre is one of two Short Stay Schools in Dudley. It supports children and young people in the borough who are unable to access their mainstream/special school due to ill health. Pupils aged 5-16 years are referred to Cherry Tree for issues related to mental health, including self-harm, anxiety, school ‘phobias’, separation anxiety and depression, as well as a variety of physical medical conditions.
Cherry Tree Learning Centre is committed to working in partnership with schools, educational settings, parents and other professionals in order to ensure the educational/emotional needs of this vulnerable group of children and young people are appropriately met.
Teenage pregnancy - The centre also has a Teenage Pregnancy Education Support Officer and provides support for all teenage parents aged 16 or under. Referrals should be made as soon as possible to ensure support for the young person even if the chosen path is termination.
Pregnant girls remain in their mainstream school for as long as possible before the birth and are supported back into school appropriately. Assistance is also given to ensure childcare is in place under the Care to Learn Scheme. Young fathers are also supported educationally.
All referrals are made by schools, supported in writing by a medical professional.