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Thrive Through the Eyes of a Child

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We are a Thrive school of Excellence and we are now we are now embracing the Nurture UK approach which is further strengthening our Nurture workThis means we are recognised as a  school showing exemplary Thrive® practice, an inspirational space where staff go above and beyond to make a positive impact on students and the wider community.

We have Thrive embedded within our whole school ethos. We passionately believe in and deliver a creative curriculum which builds childrens’ social and emotional resilience.

The Thrive process begins with a whole class screening, where teachers answer a series of questions about each child in the class.  This screening identifies any children who would benefit from a more detailed assessment, which in turn suggests ideas, fun activities and strategies to support the individual child using a comprehensive 1:1 programme.  The activities may include: sand play, cookery, painting, model making, exploring difficult situations through role play and comic strips, playing strategy games or projects focusing on the child’s own interest.

We have two fully trained Thrive Practitioners (Julie Mayo and Jan Riddiford) who deliver the approach across our school.  However, all staff have received training to support the delivery of the Thrive programme. We are incredibly fortunate to have a large room that we call the Thrive room which has a vast amount of resources within it to support with our thrive-based activities.

St Andrew’s has adopted a whole school approach called ‘Thrive’.  Thrive supports all of our pupils with their emotional health, well-being and social skills; all of which form a solid foundation for learning to take place. 

Thrive is based on up-to-date brain science and research into child development and this knowledge supports all staff in school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and positive behaviour. 

At the heart of the approach lies the understanding that children’s behaviour represents a form of communication.  If we can recognise and meet those needs then children are able to flourish and learn.



For more information about Thrive, the online Parent Took Kit or Family Thrive sessions, please ask one of the School Thrive Practitioners or