Introducing Thrive


Introducing Thrive At St Hilary School


We are excited to introduce St Hilary this year as a Thrive school!

What is Thrive?

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 supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. This can then provide a firm foundation for academic achievement.

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

  • 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.

It is an approach that has been developed based upon the latest research into brain science, child development theory, attachment theory and the role of creativity and play in developing emotional resilience. It helps us to understand how children’s brains develop and how parents and teachers can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the children at each stage.

How Will This Work?

Last year two of our staff – Michelle Brant and Kelley Butcher, were fully trained as Thrive practitioners and the whole staff were also trained in the theories and approach. This meant we introduced the approach within school last year and started to see the potential impact on children it could have. Therefore this year we have taken it another step forward!

You will see that we have transformed Dot’s old office into a colourful Thrive room for use by the children and the two staff that are currently two thirds through their training- Miss Rowe and Mrs Badcock.

We use a screening tool and activity planning tool called Thrive On-line. This allows us to check that children are working appropriately for their age and supports groups with activities that ensure they are emotionally and socially developed as they can be. This process might signal that a child could benefit from additional activities either working in a small group or occasionally on an individual basis. If this was the case we would work with parents to gain consent and then to create an action plan. We can use Thrive On-line to create and review these action plans and work out activities that would support each individual at home and school. Last year we found that the simplest of ideas and activities really had great impact on children and they also had great fun whilst completing them!

If you would like any further information about the Thrive approach then please go to:

I have also attached below a parent information leaflet about Thrive.

Michelle Brant – SENCO and school Thrive co-ordinator