Well-being at Spring Meadow
A mentally Healthy School
A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. We use many different approaches to support children's well being and mental health.  Please see below for some of the experiences we provide for our children.
If you have any concerns about well-being or mental health, please speak to your child's class teacher.

What is Thrive? 

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.


Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Difficult in unstructured sessions such as playtimes.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety. 

All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.

What will happen in a Thrive session?

The session may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session there will be an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Cooking and preparing food
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Games


We aim to:

  • Provide alternative support for children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.
  • Provide a safe and calm environment for children to develop their skills.
  • Enable children to take pride in their achievements and enhance self-esteem.
  • Help children to manage their feelings and develop skills to enjoy and participate in school life.
  • Use positive approaches to manage all behaviours.

More information

For more information about the Thrive approach please book an appointment with Miss Cross or Mrs Fielding.

Alternatively, log onto www.thriveapproach.co.uk 

STEPS Therepeutic approach
All of our staff have been trained in the STEPS approach and we have two trained STEPS tutors in our Senior Leadership Team. Our school behaviour policy has been built upon the STEPS approach. The STEPS approach supports children when they are experiences negative feelings. It recognises that negative feelings leads to negative behaviours. 
Mental Health Support Team
Spring Meadow have joined up with the MHST team to support children who are struggling with their mental health. This can support children in a range of different ways including working with parents to support their children with their mental health needs. For more information please speak to Miss Cross.