At Clayton Hall Academy we want all our students to flourish, succeed and thrive. Our aim is to support all our students in their academic, social and emotional journey. All students are members of a house system having access to a Form Tutor and a Head of House. To further enhance their pastoral support and the development of all young people’s early development needs we have an onsite Thrive Centre.

The Thrive Centre has a trained practitioner in the ‘Thrive Approach’ (Mrs Kay). Young people come to school to become equipped for life. For some of our young people life has already been difficult so as a result they are not equipped with the stress management system that enables them to settle, feel safe, concentrate, be curious or be willing work alongside their peers.

The Thrive approach ( can make learning more accessible. It uses an assessment tool that provides a wealth of positive practical strategies. As a result of this assessment the gaps are recognised in the child’s emotional, relational development and learning and can be addressed. Differentiated and individual provision is put into place for the student and shared with all school staff who work with and support that student. This screening requires parental permission; Mrs Hancock, Mrs Carter or your child’s House Manager would contact you if this was required.

The Thrive Centre is run by two full time members of staff. Mrs Hancock supports students with behavioural needs, whilst Mrs Carter supports students who face any emotional challenges. Students can access drop-in services at break or lunch time, receive 1:2:1 sessions working on a range of issues including self-esteem, anger or bereavement, or take part in group sessions looking at a range of issues including wellness, mindfulness or working towards improving their attendance.  Click here for the Thrive timetable of events CHA

Our Thrive centre is a space for all students to explore any issues they may be facing or seek advice about concerns they may have. The Thrive Centre is further supported by counsellors from;

Younger Minds who work with students on a weekly basis offering confidential counselling. A school nurse who offers weekly appointments or a drop in session once a week.

Changes YP who work with students on a half-termly basis and offer lunchtime drop in school.

The Local Support Team are based in the Thrive every Tuesday and are available to offer any advice or support to parents.

The Macca’s Project are currently working with some of our Year 10 and 11 students to raise awareness of mental health concerns amongst young men.