What is the Thrive?

The Thrive Approach, developed over many years, supports children’s emotional and social development. It helps them feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn. Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment. All children are screened as part of their class at least twice per year.

Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive

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

  • feel good about themselves and know that they matter
  • increase their sense of security and trust
  • increase their emotional well-being
  • improve their capacity to be creative and curious
  • increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
  • learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
  • learn to think before behaving in a certain way
  • ...and much more.

How does the Thrive approach help school?

Thrive also helps us to better understand the children’s needs being signalled by their behaviour. Sometimes children may struggle because of temporary setbacks or other, longer-term changes in their lives such as a separation, a bereavement, a family illness or accident, or even the arrival of a new baby. They may signal their distress by becoming more withdrawn, or distant, or perhaps more challenging or disruptive, or even by trying too hard to please. If this happens, we use Thrive to look beyond the behaviour to give these children the support they need to get back on track. Sometimes they only need a little extra support in class and sometimes they may need additional one-to-one time to help them along.


Our Thrive offer

At Colmers Farm Primary School we have a strong pastoral team, which includes four licenced Thrive practitioners. We understand that some circumstances may be sensitive, and confidentiality will be paramount at all times when you are discussing your child’s needs with us.

Our four licenced Thrive practitioners are:

Miss Kelly 

Deputy Headteacher and DSL

Mrs Taylor 

Pastoral Manager and

Deputy DSL

Miss Storer 

Pastoral Team

Miss Evans

Pastoral Team

Thrive is at the centre of everything we do at Colmers Farm Primary School and we see the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils as a golden thread running through school life.

If you have any questions, or what like any additional information, please speak to Mrs Taylor. Further information can also be found online at