Castledon School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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At Castledon School positive relationships are at the heart of what we do and we use the Thrive Approach to support us in improving the mental health and well-being of children and young people. We aim to foster the understanding, skills and relationships needed to develop and sustain healthy social and emotional well-being.


What is the Thrive Approach? 

Appropriate for all students from birth to adulthood, the Thrive Approach draws on the

latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory.

It helps us to understand how the brain develops and how parents, teachers and other

professionals can support this development by providing the best experiences for the

students at each stage of their lives. 


The approach supports students' emotional and social development and helps them feel happy and secure, able to make and enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn.


We use a screening and monitoring tool called Thrive-Online® which identifies the

developmental needs of individuals or groups and suggests action plans to meet these

needs so that children and young people can move forward and fulfil their potential. The Thrive approach provides strategies and age-appropriate activities to build into teaching to support social and emotional development. It also enables us to identify those students who require additional support in groups or 1:1 sessions to ensure that every student has the social and emotional skills required to flourish.


If you want to know more about Thrive, visit the Thrive Approach website; or speak to our Licenced Thrive Practitioner.

 Caroline Murphy