Thrive Ambassador Schools and Schools of Excellence

Thrive is dedicated to celebrating the commitment of the extraordinary schools that are making a positive impact on their pupils and the wider community by recognising their achievements as Thrive Ambassador Schools and Thrive Schools of Excellence.

Thrive Schools of Excellence

The School of Excellence award is the highest level of achievement in Thrive’s Ambassador Schools scheme, which was launched last year as a way of recognising excellence in member schools. There are five areas in which schools can evidence how they use Thrive to support children’s social and emotional development: Environment, Leadership, Right-time, Reparative and Relationship, with the School of Excellence award reserved for schools that achieve the highest standard across all five categories.

Craig Prichard, Headteacher at Penywaun Primary School
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Penywaun Primary School

"It’s about raising children’s self-esteem and confidence and seeing them learn to manage their own emotions and to help friends to the same."

Penywaun Primary School, based in the Cynon Valley, South Wales, has 229 pupils and has well above average numbers of children in receipt of free school meals and with additional learning needs. The school introduced Thrive six years ago and, from an early point, committed to embedding the Approach with the majority of staff members now Licensed Practitioners.

Headteacher Craig Prichard said: “As a school, we decided about five or six years ago that we would prioritise the mental wellbeing of our children. This is an ethos that everyone has bought into and I think it’s apparent when you walk through our doors because there is a sense of calmness and community. For me, the results are what I see in school every day – it’s about raising children’s self-esteem and confidence and seeing them learn to manage their own emotions and to help friends to the same.”

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Paul Baker, headteacher Gulval School
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Gulval School

“We’ve put the Thrive Approach at the heart of everything we do."

Gulval School, in Penzance, Cornwall, has 180 pupils. The proportion of its pupils eligible for support from pupil premium funding is higher than the national average and the proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than the national average.

Gulval embedded the Thrive Approach five years ago and has a focus on outdoor activities and even its own school farm with chickens, ducks, goats and rabbits that pupils get involved with caring for to help develop a sense of responsibility.

Headteacher Paul Baker said: “We’ve put the Thrive Approach at the heart of everything we do at Gulval School, it really has made a huge difference to our children and families. Attendance has increased and we’ve been able to directly support children who may feel anxious about the events of this last year.”

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Herbert Thompson Primary School

“The whole school has been on a journey with Thrive and staff have fully embraced the approach."

Herbert Thompson Primary School is based in a deprived area of Cardiff with 56 per cent of pupils in receipt of free school meals and 35 per cent with additional learning needs.

The school introduced the Thrive Approach in 2017 as a way of helping children to develop a more compassionate and understanding approach towards themselves and others. This has been the missing piece of the jigsaw, helping the school to really make a difference in the wellbeing and outcomes of its pupils.

Headteacher Sheena Marsh said: “The whole school has been on a journey with Thrive and staff have fully embraced the approach because it is based on extensive research and neuroscience. It is a pleasure to see the impact it has had, not only for our children but across the whole school community."

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Thomas Arnold Primary School
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Thomas Arnold Primary School

“Thrive has become an integral part of school life and the pupils, staff and parents are all committed to the Approach."

Thomas Arnold Primary Schools has 430 pupils and is based in East London in a community which has high levels of deprivation.

The school wanted to make a difference in their pupils’ lives and provide them with the support and stability that may be lacking for some and to help them fulfil their full potential.

Deputy Headteacher Holly Pottle said: "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. Thrive has plugged the gaps and continues to support pupils’ mental wellbeing. We have seen a positive shift in behaviour as a result. Our exclusion and sanction rates have decreased significantly and the children are now able to communicate their needs and talk about why they’re struggling. There has also been a real change in the atmosphere at school – the children are more confident and they have a better relationship with staff. Attainment levels have also improved because children are in class, calm and ready to access learning."

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Hunters Hall Primary School Thrive team
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Hunters Hall Primary School

“Our children can now understand their feelings and how to express them – something that is essential to good mental health."

Hunters Hall is a primary school in Dagenham, East London. They received Thrive School of Excellence status in July 2021.

Co-Headteacher Selina Frazer said: "With the Thrive Approach we are able to measure progress in ways other aspects of the curriculum are not measured. This focus on pastoral development is hugely important to our ethos and vision. We have seen first-hand the impact that Thrive has had on children, their families and the staff at our school due to awareness of attachment, neuroscience, behaviour as a means of communication and play."

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Heath Farm School

Heath Farm is a special educational needs school for children and young people in Kent.

The school are delighted to have recently received Thrive School of Excellence status.

More information coming soon!

Thrive Ambassador Schools

Settings can apply to become a Thrive Ambassador School in one or more of the following five areas: Leadership, Right-time, Reparative, Relationship and Environment.

Olivia Hennessey, Assistant Headteacher Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School

Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School, in Worcester, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment, Leadership, Reparative and Right-Time.

Highfields

Highfields Primary School in Manningtree, Essex, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment.

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Windsor Clive Primary School, in Cardiff, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and in Reparative.

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Rose Lane Primary School, in Romford, East London, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in Leadership and Reparative.

Children at Regency High School

Regency High School, in Warndon, Worcester, has been named as an Ambassador School will Excellence in Environment.

St Andrews Primary

St Andrew’s Primary School, in Congresbury, near Bristol, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in Relationship and Reparative.

Red Oak Primary School

Red Oak Primary School, in Southwell Road, Lowestoft, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and Leadership.

Hillcroft Primary School

Hillcroft Primary School, in Chaldon Road, Caterham has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and Reparative.

Kaizen Primary School

Kaizen Primary School, in Newham has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and Right-Time.

Endeavour Primary School

Endeavour Primary School, in Andover has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment.

Llanharan

Llanharan Primary School, in South Wales has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment, Leadership, Reparative and Relationship.

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Earthsea School, in Norfolk has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in Reparative.

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Maesyrhandir County Primary School, in Powys, Wales, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment and Leadership.

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Applegarth Academy, in Croydon, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment, Reparative and Right-Time.

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Voyage Learning Campus, in Weston-super-Mare, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment, Leadership, Reparative and Right-Time.

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New Road Primary School, in Kent, has been named as an Ambassador School with Excellence in the Environment, Leadership, Reparative, Relationship and Right-Time.

Is your school an Ambassador School or a School of Excellence?

Applying for ambassador status is straightforward. Settings first need to have met the criteria to be recognised as an ‘Embraced’ school (ie awarded the logo ‘We’ve embraced Thrive in our setting’). The school then needs to complete a short self-assessment form and get in touch with their regional Relationship Manager who will arrange a visit to find out more and verify the information provided.

Case studies

While it is important to understand the model behind The Thrive Approach, what really matters is the impact that it can have in practice for the development of an individual child or young person.

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