Thrive School

What is the Thrive Approach? 

Children cannot always put their needs into words. However, the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling; think of behaviour as a form of communication. The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development. 

How do we use Thrive at school?  

As a Trust we have embraced Thrive in each of our schools. We are also very excited to be working collaboratively towards becoming an Ambassador Trust of Excellence in Thrive.  

We don’t consider Thrive to be an intervention for just a few children. We consider it to be a whole-school approach. Thrive is entwined in everything we do; weekly celebration assemblies, Forest School sessions, Golden Time, School Council, to name just a few. 

Using our own experience and the resources available through the Thrive Approach, we can effectively support all our children’s emotional, mental health and social wellbeing from the first day of junior school until transition to secondary education.  

Why do we do what we do? 

Through positive relationships, our priority is to care for every child in a safe and friendly environment. To help us achieve this we have fully embraced the Thrive Approach. The Education Endowment Foundation suggest that teaching staff who are trained to improve emotional wellbeing help children make substantial attainment progress. 

The Thrive approach works seamlessly in enhancing our values as a school as we place the emotional, spiritual and moral wellbeing of our children at the forefront of all we do with kindness to self and others forming the bedrock on which our school is built. 


All children benefit from a whole-school Thrive approach. We do however also have the Sanctuary, a space where 1:1 or small group work can take place in a safe and calm environment.


Mrs Pollyanna Buckley and Mrs Amanda Appleyard are our Thrive Licensed Practitioners.

The Thrive Approach

Through Thrive training, staff gain a better understanding of behaviour in children and young people, and the reasons for that behaviour. 

Thrive helps children and young people feel safe, supported and ready to learn. Thrive offers a whole-setting approach to social and emotional development for all children and young people. Supporting the development of confident, curious, creative and capable children and young people. 

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Page Downloads Date  
Thrive Recovery toolkit for children up to age 11 04 Jan 2024 Download
Thrive School Parent and Carer flyer 04 Jan 2024 Download
Thrive Wellbeing toolkit for children up to age 16 1 04 Jan 2024 Download
Thrive Connection toolkit for children up to age 11 04 Jan 2024 Download
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