Case Studies and Testimonials

We want our work to make an impact, and as an organisation focused on pupil wellbeing, we continuously monitor and evaluate what we do and how we do it.

Our case studies profile a selection of our work - from Early Years settings to Multi Academy Trusts, and document how we transform lives through a whole-school approach to wellbeing. 

 

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Case Studies

Our case studies profile a selection of our work and document how we partner with schools and settings, helping children and young people to become more emotionally resilient, better equipping them to deal with life's ups and downs.

On Track Barnstaple: “Thrive underpins the success of our school”

On Track Barnstaple: “Thrive underpins the success of our school”

11th July 2024

Many of the young people at On Track Barnstaple have experienced unsuccessful school placements and struggle to see a future for themselves. However, On Track’s mission is to ensure every pupil has the opportunity to succeed and gain the skills they need to progress to the next phase of their lives. With the help of Thrive, On Track has grown into a calm, caring school where all pupils feel safe, valued and empowered to be themselves.

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Sutton Park Primary School: A ‘totally different place’ thanks to Thrive

Sutton Park Primary School: A ‘totally different place’ thanks to Thrive

19th June 2024

Looking for a solution to tackle disruptive classroom behaviour, Sutton Park started using Thrive in 2016. Since introducing the Approach, staff have been able to identify and support pupils struggling socially and emotionally, resulting in a significant reduction in behavioural incidents. Not only has the school been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Sutton Park has also been recognised for its positive impact on pupils, and on the wider community, by being named a Thrive School of Excellence.

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Senior Mental Health Lead training: Enhanced support for colleagues and parents

Senior Mental Health Lead training: Enhanced support for colleagues and parents

23rd April 2024

Jo Simons, Lead Thrive Practitioner at England Lane Academy, identified a gap in mental health and wellbeing support for the staff and parents in the school community. Seizing the opportunity to upskill, Jo was able to access a second grant from the Department for Education to fund Senior Mental Health Lead training.

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Senior Mental Health Lead training: ‘Thrive was the obvious choice’

Senior Mental Health Lead training: ‘Thrive was the obvious choice’

18th April 2024

Faced with a rising number of children struggling with their mental health, Whyteleafe Primary School's pastoral and Thrive lead, Heather Faulkner, booked a place on Thrive’s DfE-funded Senior Mental Health Lead training.

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Sheep Dip Lane Academy: From firefighting behaviour, to calm classrooms

Sheep Dip Lane Academy: From firefighting behaviour, to calm classrooms

16th April 2024

Sheep Dip introduced Thrive in 2014 after noticing that a number of children were struggling to manage their emotions. This was preventing some children from accessing learning and staff were constantly having to firefight behaviour, with little lasting impact.

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Senior Mental Health Lead training: Improved support for pupils and staff

Senior Mental Health Lead training: Improved support for pupils and staff

12th April 2024

Faced with an increasing number of pupils struggling with their mental health, and limited services available through the local authority, Zoe Newton, headteacher at Shirley Warren Primary and Nursery School, booked a place on Thrive’s DfE-funded Senior Mental Health Lead training.

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On Track Wisbech: The ‘extraordinary’ independent school re-engaging young people with learning

On Track Wisbech: The ‘extraordinary’ independent school re-engaging young people with learning

2nd April 2024

On Track Wisbech is an independent school providing specialist education for pupils aged 11-16. As each learner has different and sometimes complex needs, On Track introduced Thrive to help staff better understand pupils’ behaviour and how best to support them so they can flourish in life and learning.

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Masefield Primary School: From attainment struggles, to top 3% in the country

Masefield Primary School: From attainment struggles, to top 3% in the country

12th March 2024

Masefield introduced Thrive in 2021 after grappling with academic achievement, low-level disruptive behaviour, and an increasing number of children struggling socially and emotionally. Faced with long waiting lists for external services and a lack of knowledge around emotional wellbeing among staff, Head of School, Andy Done, decided to explore the benefits of Thrive.

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Transforming lives: A case study of Heath Farm School's Thrive journey

Transforming lives: A case study of Heath Farm School's Thrive journey

9th January 2024

The children love their Thrive sessions and it’s something that definitely works. Thrive has helped the wellbeing of our school grow, we have seen amazing effects on our children and nothing gives us greater joy than knowing how we have turned some of our pupils’ lives around with the Thrive Approach.

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Thrive enables our MAT’s pupils and staff to flourish

Thrive enables our MAT’s pupils and staff to flourish

5th December 2023

Read how Thrive has helped Palladian Multi-Academy Trust to reduce behavioural incidents and boost pupil and staff wellbeing across all of its schools.

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Reduced behavioural incidents and staff who feel well-supported and equipped to handle challenges

Reduced behavioural incidents and staff who feel well-supported and equipped to handle challenges

16th November 2023

Read how Thrive has given senior leaders at Holy Trinity and St John’s CoE Primary School an understanding of behaviour as communication of unmet need. This has resulted in calmer, less disruptive classrooms and staff who feel supported and equipped to handle behaviour challenges.

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Building relationships and gaining insights from data – the impact of Thrive at Feltham YOI

Building relationships and gaining insights from data – the impact of Thrive at Feltham YOI

6th July 2023

Read how Feltham Young Offenders Institute adapted the Thrive Approach to work in the youth justice system.

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‘Our children say how they feel so we can resolve problems before they occur’

‘Our children say how they feel so we can resolve problems before they occur’

2nd March 2023

Read how the Thrive Approach has helped this London school to occupy a unique place at the heart of its community

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'Pupils are keen and ready to start their lessons'

'Pupils are keen and ready to start their lessons'

6th February 2023

In this 2-minute video case study, the Headteacher of Palmerston School, reveals how Thrive has helped to build positive relationships between pupils and staff so that pupils are 'keen and ready to start their lessons'.

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Calmer classrooms and happier teachers – the difference that Thrive has made to Meridian High School  

Calmer classrooms and happier teachers – the difference that Thrive has made to Meridian High School  

15th December 2022

How Thrive has helped this London secondary school to remove barriers to learning

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Training that unpicked the neuroscience behind behaviour – how Thrive has made a difference to this nursery school 

Training that unpicked the neuroscience behind behaviour – how Thrive has made a difference to this nursery school 

15th December 2022

Read how the Thrive Approach has helped this nursery to be praised by Ofsted for its calm environment

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How emotional regulation helped to unlock our students' attainment

How emotional regulation helped to unlock our students' attainment

12th December 2022

In this 2 minute video case study, Ruth Minhall, Executive Head of Tuition Extra, explains how embedding Thrive has helped it to remove barriers to students' learning, resulting in a 95% pass rate for GCSEs

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School staff now 'lean in with curiosity' to help pupils meet their emotional needs

School staff now 'lean in with curiosity' to help pupils meet their emotional needs

14th November 2022

Easterside Academy share how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their school absence rate and how Thrive supported a change by opening communication channels and making sure every voice is heard.

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How the Thrive Approach helped Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School to manage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

How the Thrive Approach helped Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School to manage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

26th May 2022

Olivia Hennessey and Lisa Kelly, from Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School, in Worcester, used the Thrive Approach to support children’s emotional wellbeing during the pandemic and after they returned to school. As a result, relationships between staff and pupils are stronger than ever and the school can evidence the impact of its approach to wellbeing for future Ofsted inspections and other stakeholders.

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"Truancy levels dropped dramatically"

15th November 2021

Discover the ‘revolutionary’ training that changed Samantha Strange personally and professionally, how building positive relationships has led to a drop in truancy, and the neuroscience that is breaking down barriers to learning.

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How All Saints C of E scooped Pastoral Team of the Year

How All Saints C of E scooped Pastoral Team of the Year

11th November 2021

To help us realise our vision of a safe and calm environment, we have used the Thrive Approach®, which helps adults to understand and respond appropriately to children's behaviour. This has given us the tools and support that we needed to put wellbeing at the heart of school life.

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Special Educational Needs setting

Special Educational Needs setting "turns lives around"

4th November 2021

The children love their Thrive sessions and it’s something that definitely works. Thrive has helped the wellbeing of our school grow, we have seen amazing effects on our children and nothing gives us greater joy than knowing how we have turned some of our pupils’ lives around with the Thrive Approach.

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How Fortis Academy's KS3 roll-out boosted resilience and pupils' potential

How Fortis Academy's KS3 roll-out boosted resilience and pupils' potential

14th October 2021

Discover the ‘life-changing’ training experienced by the staff at Fortis Academy, how non-attenders are now happy to come to school, and why parents love what Thrive has done for their children.

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Local authority puts Thrive at the heart of Grove Community Primary

Local authority puts Thrive at the heart of Grove Community Primary

16th September 2021

After Thrive was introduced at school, we started to notice that the language that was being used was changing, especially amongst support staff. It had a real ripple effect where the staff that hadn't had their Thrive training were curious about what was going on because they had heard from colleagues how effective it was.

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College for disabled young people shares the benefits of Thrive

College for disabled young people shares the benefits of Thrive

16th September 2021

Transition 2 (T2) opened its doors in September 2012 with the aim of providing bespoke and genuine transition programmes that allow young learning disabled people to segue into meaningful opportunities in adult life.

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The 'golden thread' running through Manor Field Primary School

The 'golden thread' running through Manor Field Primary School

26th July 2021

We have a number of children who struggle to come into school in the morning so we have made good use of our Thrive room to help them. Children spend 15 minutes in the morning accessing sensory-type resources before moving on to their classrooms.

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Improved attendance and outcomes at Lapwing Education

Improved attendance and outcomes at Lapwing Education

13th May 2021

We use the Thrive Approach to empower our students to help them gain self-awareness and an understanding of the choices that are open to them. Our aim is that students learn for themselves to identify and realise their needs.

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How St Andrew's embraced the Thrive Approach (and what happened as a result)

How St Andrew's embraced the Thrive Approach (and what happened as a result)

25th March 2021

It has brought together many theories that we, as a staff, were already aware of but the structured approach and framework of Thrive was the missing piece of the jigsaw.

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Exclusion rate drops 'off the page' (plus a massive improvement in behaviour)

Exclusion rate drops 'off the page' (plus a massive improvement in behaviour)

18th March 2021

Children here don’t just walk past you with their heads down - they smile, they make eye contact and they say ‘good morning’. That comes from the confidence and the self-esteem that they have been taught here in school because of Thrive.

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Read what happened when Thomas Arnold School prioritised mental wellbeing

Read what happened when Thomas Arnold School prioritised mental wellbeing

8th March 2021

When we heard about Thrive, it fitted perfectly with what we were looking for to meet our pupils’ needs. It has become an integral part of school life and the pupils, staff and parents are all committed to the approach.

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 Licensed Practioner training brings breakthrough moments for Ernsford Grange

Licensed Practioner training brings breakthrough moments for Ernsford Grange

7th January 2021

Thrive has helped our students to feel listened to during what’s been a difficult time for everyone. I have found that by attuning to them and their needs, they go home and they feel that someone has listened to them. That’s made a massive difference.

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100% of staff give seal of approval at Baltonsborough Primary School

100% of staff give seal of approval at Baltonsborough Primary School

11th November 2020

I cannot stress enough the value of The Thrive Approach in the short term. We have experienced a cultural shift in a matter of weeks, and I am extremely curious to see if the improved emotional regulation of the children has a positive impact on their attainment as we move through the year.

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Simple strategies make a big difference at Herbert Thompson Primary

Simple strategies make a big difference at Herbert Thompson Primary

12th October 2020

Using the Approach has also helped teachers to build better relationships with parents. “Things have become a lot more open. Most parents feel they can trust us and talk to us which is only going to help the children.

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Cost-effective training is complete game-changer for River Tyne Academy

Cost-effective training is complete game-changer for River Tyne Academy

5th October 2020

One thing that happened immediately for us was the unsafe behaviour we were seeing from children and the high level of crisis situations decreased dramatically. Other changes have taken longer but I look at it now and can see just how far we have come as a school in a relatively short space of time.

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Junior school Headteacher 'blown away' by progress in short space of time

Junior school Headteacher 'blown away' by progress in short space of time

30th April 2020

Embedding the Thrive Approach has been the right step in order to make real changes at the school. “I feel that we’re at the beginning of a journey but we have achieved a lot already.

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Coventry prep school uses Thrive to tackle low self-esteem

Coventry prep school uses Thrive to tackle low self-esteem

12th March 2020

I have had parents come into the Thrive room who are amazed when I show them the social and emotional activities that we offer here. There are parents that would sign up to the school purely because of Thrive.

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South Green Junior School saves money on staffing and interventions

South Green Junior School saves money on staffing and interventions

12th March 2020

Discover how Thrive has enabled staff to identify and support ‘invisible’ children, removed barriers to improve attainment, and saved the school time and money on interventions.

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"Some of the best CPD training as a senior leader that I’ve ever had"

24th February 2020

Thrive has a fantastic way of showing the comparison and link between the emotional state of a child and their ability. You can see that as the child becomes more regulated through Thrive, they also improve academically, so there is a direct correlation.

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From 'Nuture Unit' to Thrive room at Bentley New Village Primary

From 'Nuture Unit' to Thrive room at Bentley New Village Primary

11th February 2020

Thrive has given us a common approach and a common language It has given us the knowledge of science and facts behind what we are seeing in the children’s behaviour. Everyone can buy into it and when you get that buy in, that is when things change. We have proved that it works - it absolutely has.

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Reduced behavioural incidents and fixed term exclusions

Reduced behavioural incidents and fixed term exclusions

11th February 2020

The school most definitely has changed. The community now has a school it can be proud of. Parents feel confident and comfortable coming in here to talk to staff. What we have done here goes far beyond the classroom walls

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"Using Thrive helped the school to demonstrate progress to Ofsted"

11th February 2020

Thrive has been invaluable in terms of what we’re trying to do here. We know that our young people are moving forward but the thing that is most important is that all of them feel safe here and able to engage with their education.

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From stable families to child protection, Thrive benefits are huge in Cullompton

From stable families to child protection, Thrive benefits are huge in Cullompton

11th February 2020

The benefits of Thrive have been huge. We have a really broad range of children in the setting with children from really stable family backgrounds through to children who are in child protection. I find that creating a really special relationship is key to everything.

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"Everyone feels the value" at Ofsted Outstanding Cullompton school

24th October 2019

Cullompton Pre-School Leader Amelia Joyner completed her Licenced Practitioner training in 2018 and is already seeing the benefits of adopting the Thrive Approach across the whole setting. The pre-sc...

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