We believe in the importance of delivering a curriculum that builds children's social and emotional resilience, draws upon the latest research in brain development and recognises the importance of strong, trusting relationships between parents, families and teachers.  To fulfil our aim in supporting children to engage positively in their learning and gain skills for future successes in society we have adopted an approach known as THRIVE.  We have four Lead THRIVE practitioners on the school team and this has ensured children's emotional well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

Through our THRIVE approach of using the latest research into brain development we know that the brain has incredible plasticity.  This means that new pathways can be developed in a child's brain!  Our THRIVE practitioners have undergone rigorous training to ensure they can deliver simple effective strategies and activities which support the development of each unique child.

These tried and tested strategies are individualised for children and their families to provide unique experiences which done repeatedly with a familiar adult do many things including developing a child's sense of self worth, support healthy stress management, build a child's capacity to understand their feelings and make decisions about how to behave, even when in crisis.

THRIVE supports children and their families and really does make a difference.  We are proud of what has been achieved through THRIVE and our children are much better learners because of the approach.

THRIVE Provision


At St Bartholomew’s, we have always adopted a nurturing approach in support of our pupils and families.  Children come to school to learn and we know that children learn best when they feel safe, happy and settled.  

Our Thrive curriculum develops healthy, happy, confident pupils who are ready and open to learning. As a licensed Thrive centre of excellence we are fully committed to developing the whole child through the effective social and emotional development. The Thrive approach draws upon insights from neuroscience, attachment theory and child development to optimise these aspects in our children.

Thrive is for all children and has become firmly embedded throughout our school, helping all staff to foster relationships with children that build self-esteem, enhance well-being and secure positive behaviour. 

The emphasis is on providing positive learning activities that give positive feedback to children. We passionately believe in the importance of a creative curriculum which builds social and emotional resilience.

Thrive helps us to check children’s readiness to learn, to identify any gaps they may have in their emotional development and then plan to bridge these gaps.  Through doing this, we are able to make sure that all of our pupils are in a good place to make progress in their learning.

The Thrive approach is also about an ethos around how we treat one another.  Love, laughter, empathy, acceptance and being curious are important for children and are at the heart of all relationships within our school. 

“The Thrive Approach emphasises that every child needs to feel that they belong, that they matter and that they are valued for their unique qualities.”