PARKSIDE Middle School has become one of the first in Bromsgrove to achieve ‘Thrive Ambassador’ status for the way it supports pupils’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Through Thrive, staff learn about the emotional and social development relating to different age groups so the school’s help and support can be tailor-made to each individual pupil.
The Ambassador Award is given to schools which have demonstrated outstanding practice and commitment to the scheme and follows an inspection and assessment by the programme’s regional manager.
The school’s lead Thrive practitioner Natalie O’Hara and welfare manager Kim Varley have been instrumental in the achievement.
Natalie said: “We have been involved in the Thrive approach for a number of years, as have many schools, and we are delighted to be the first in the area to be awarded ambassador status.”
Parkside was one of the first in Worcestershire to become a Thrive Ambassador School, as well as the first in Bromsgrove.