Thrive Approach at Orchards

Tweedmouth Community Middle School - Thrive




Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self- assured, capable and adaptable in situations. It can also address any troubled, or troubling, behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.

Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:


  • feel good about themselves and know that they matter
  • increase their sense of security and trust
  • increase their emotional well-being
  • improve their capacity to be creative and curious
  • increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
  • learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
  • learn to think before behaving in a certain way
  • ...and much much more.

Thrive draws insights from the fields of child development, right-time brain development, attachment theory and the importance of creativity and the arts as a powerful way of working with children to support their emotional and social development. 

We hope that parents and carers find the attached information useful. More information will be added to this page shortly.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Thrive Approach you can contact Miss Harrison using the link below or by telephoning the school office in term time on 01945 583799


The Thrive team are a dedicated team based in the centre of school trained to support children’s social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing. We work closely with staff and families to meet the needs of all our children. This is provided in a variety of ways depending on the need at the time. Some of the interventions on offer are:

·         Play and lunch support 

·         Thrive 1:1 and group support

·         1:1 counselling

·         Behaviour plans, support and advice

·         Support for transition to secondary education


Meet the team

Mrs Graveling is trained in cognitive behaviour therapy and is also a qualified level 3 play therapist.

Mrs Ffoulkes is a mental health first aider and has undertaken CAMH training on mental health.

Mrs Harrison is assistant head and lead for behaviour.

Miss Carter is a qualified SENDCo. 

Mrs Carlile is a designated safeguarding lead and family support worker.


Please contact the Thrive team on 01945 428851 if you have any concerns they can help with.

Alternatively asked to be invited to our Thrive dojo page where we can keep you posted on all things Thrive. 


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