Thrive School

What is the Thrive Approach? 

Young people 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 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 young people. We consider it to be a whole-school approach. Thrive is entwined in everything we do; assemblies, trips out, lessons, tutor time activities and after school clubs. 

Using our own experience, and the resources available through the Thrive Approach, we are able to effectively support all our young people's emotional, mental health and social well being from the first day of school until transition to further 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 Church 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. 


Where – All children benefit from a whole-school Thrive approach, we do however also have the newly opened Ralph Allen Achievement Centre (TRAC) allowing for group and individual interventions. Our SEND department also regularly use Thrive to support students. 


Sarah Bubyer and Sara Harding are both licensed Thrive practitioners at Ralph Allen School. 

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