The Thrive Approach


What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning?

Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.

The Thrive Approach draws on insights from these fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach equips you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.


We all want the children in our school to flourish, so we have introduced The Thrive Approach in order to support their emotional and social development.

Our aim is to make your children feel happy and secure, be able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn.


Thrive is a specific way of working with children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It can also address any troubled behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.


Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. All staff in school have received Thrive training.

We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:



·        Learn to think before behaving in a certain way

·        Learn to recognise and regulate their feelings

·        Increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn

·        Increase their emotional well being

·        Increase their sense of security and trust

·        Feel good about themselves and know that they matter

·        Enable them to be creative and curious


All children in school are screened every Term by the Class teacher. If your child is identified as in need of support, you will be contacted, as it is important that we have good home – school communication. The value of positive and active involvement of parents/carers cannot be overstated.

In most cases the staff in school will identify children who need support, but if you as a parent/carer have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school.  




The Huddle

The Huddle is a safe, warm comforting environment where staff complete Thrive activities. The Huddle has been designed to meet the therapeutic needs of all children who have a gap in their social and emotional development and need extra support.

As well as carrying out Thrive activities in the Huddle there is also a range of sensory equipment that can be beneficial in calming and soothing children.



Thrive Practitioners 

Bridget Burkill

Learning Mentor

Nicola O'Hanlon

Pastoral Manager/Mental Health First Aider/Parenting Practioner 

Sharon Kent

EYFS Lead and PSHE Lead 

Emma Pollard


Further Information

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