A Caterham school has been named as a Thrive Ambassador School with two areas of expertise for the role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of its pupils in order to prevent mental health issues.
Hillcroft Primary School, in Chaldon Road, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and Excellence in Reparative after going through a rigorous assessment process by 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 are successfully meeting their needs.
Assistant Headteacher Donna Hardcastle said: “It was overwhelming to hear that we had been named as an Ambassador School in two areas. We are really proud of our achievements and it’s so lovely to be recognised for what we’ve done as a school. Every child in this school knows that there is someone here who will listen to them – and we can see what a difference this approach makes to them. We know that Thrive has made a huge difference to our pupils’ general wellbeing and has also improved behaviour.”
The Thrive Ambassador Schools scheme has been launched as a way of recognising excellence in member schools. There are five areas in which school can evidence how they use Thrive to 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, in line with coronavirus restrictions, 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.
“Hillcroft Primary School is a fantastic example of a school that has placed mental wellbeing at the heart of everything it does. I have seen first-hand how incredibly hard the staff have worked to embed the Thrive Approach and to create a whole-school culture of wellbeing that means pupils feel calm, emotionally-regulated and ready to learn. The impact on pupil behaviour will be benefiting the whole school community,” said Diane Curtis, Thrive Relationship Manager for the South East.