A Cardiff primary school has been named as a Thrive Ambassador School in two areas of expertise for the role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of its pupils, helping to prevent mental health issues arising in the future.
Windsor Clive Primary School has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and Excellence in Reparative after going through a rigorous assessment process with Thrive®, which trains teachers and other education professionals to support the emotional and social development of all children. The Environment award recognises extraordinary schools which are making a positive impact on their pupils and on the wider community by having a focus on emotional wellbeing and creating an environment in which children’s wellbeing thrives. The Reparative award recognises schools that have excelled in helping children who have gaps in their social and emotional development and have successfully met their needs.
Headteacher Kim Fisher said: “We were very pleased and proud to gain Ambassador status in these two areas. It’s been a real team effort to get to this point – the whole school is now focused on mental wellbeing as a priority and because of that the school is a much calmer place with fewer behaviour incidents and pupils are better able to learn as a result.”
Thrive’s Ambassador Schools scheme has been launched as a way of recognising excellence in the way schools use Thrive to promote positive mental wellbeing. There are five areas in which a school can evidence how they support children’s social and emotional development: Environment, Leadership, Right-time, Reparative and Relationship, with a special Ambassador School of Excellence Award for schools that achieve the highest standard across all five categories.
As well as submitting an in-depth application form, the school was visited by Thrive staff, before the coronavirus lockdown, to observe and assess the way that teachers and other staff implement the Thrive Approach® to help build the emotional resilience of children, so that they can better manage the ups and downs of life and be more open to learning.
“It has been wonderful to see the impact Thrive is having at Windsor Clive for both the children and the staff. The environment there is safe and supportive of all children, and the school’s reparative work is having a real impact on the wellbeing and emotional health of their pupils,” said Joey Bowers Thrive’s Relationship Manager for Wales.