St Mary's Church of England Academy

'We promise to shine together.'

Let the light of your face shine upon us - Psalm 4:6


We use the Thrive Approach at St Mary’s to focus upon children's emotional well being. It offers practical strategies and skills that are built around assessments which  identify children’s emotional development. Our qualified and highly experienced Thrive practitioner provides action plans for individual needs. The sessions may take the form of small group and one to one opportunities. 


Children can experience challenging situations during their time at school. These may include:

  • friendship issues
  • family issues
  • finding it hard to settle in the classroom
  • managing and regulating their strong feelings


Thrive sessions may include the following activities:

  • storytelling
  • circle games
  • arts and crafts
  • sand play
  • movement and relaxation
  • role play and puppet work games


With Thrive, our purpose is to support the St Mary’s School vision of encouraging children to shine by:

  •  thinking  for themselves
  •  show initiative
  •  gain confidence
  •  be helpful to others
  •  show tolerance and awareness of others
  •  be reflective
  •  be able to regulate their emotions


For more information about the Thrive approach contact our Thrive practitioner, Catriona Bailey via the school office, or have a look at the Thrive website

A Parents Guide to the Thrive Approach

Books to help children understand their feelings and emotions

My Self Care plan booklet

Here is a lovely activity booklet giving children some strategies and activities to do on those days when they feel sad, worried, anxious or maybe just a bit down.