Whole School Approach  – Suffolk Case Study - Thrive Tribe Academy
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Whole School Approach  – Suffolk Case Study

Did you know? The Academy’s umbrella company, Thrive Tribe, is an award winning provider of Healthy Lifestyle services, born in 2008!

Prior to the launch of the Academy, Thrive Tribe delivered successful healthy schools services in Suffolk. Below is an example case study showing  how Thrive Tribe provided a whole schools approach to a school in Suffolk (names changed for confidentiality reasons)

Mrs Wilson, head of PHSE at St Audrey’s school,  initially contacted Thrive Tribe expressing an interest in the stop smoking workshops that we provided to other local schools in Suffolk. She wanted to find out more about  smoking prevention workshops that Thrive Tribe could deliver to their year 6 pupils.

After further discussions, it became apparent that Thrive Tribe could support St Audrey’s school with  a number of  healthy living aspects. This is because:

  • Local data identified that children from the area  were more likely to be above the national average for a healthy BMI following NCMP screening.
  • A small number of children were having school dinners.
  • The class teachers were struggling to implement a packed lunch policy.
  • The school wished to apply for the ‘Healthy schools’ awards scheme.

Our Tribe Leader organised a meeting with the school to speak about their needs, and  also highlighted available funding opportunities to the head teacher. This allowed our Tribe Leader to implement the following actions with the school: implement the following actions with the school:

  • All pupils completed a health assessment questionnaire to assess baseline health behaviours of the pupils – a report was provided to the school.
  • A healthy living group was set up which consisted of school staff, parents, governors, pupils and catering staff. The group met with our Tribe Leader who facilitated discussions around  priorities for the school.
  • Our Tribe Leader attended the school for a day to launch the healthy living project. A number of our healthy living workshops were provided for the Tribe Members. After school a cook and eat session was run for families.
  • Two ‘Academy Champions’ were identified from each class and they received young health champion training and attended meetings once a month to discuss ways they could make their school healthier.
  • The school dining hall environment was improved as this was identified as the main  reason children were not choosing school lunches. This was improved by purchasing bright table cloths,  flowers and new water jugs to brighten up the dinner
  • Our Tribe Leader produced a packed lunch policy for the school working alongside Mrs Wilson. We held a policy launch event with the parents to answer their questions and concerns.
  • Parents and school staff were asked whether they would like to stop smoking and support was provided by Thrive Tribe.
  • Thrive Tribe ran a ‘Health and wellbeing day’ each term for the children – i.e. a healthy eating day, a physical activity day, and a mental health wellness day.
  • A weight management programme was provided for parents which ran in the morning after school drop off.
  • A children’s weight management programme was provided after school with support from the school family support worker.
  • The school catering team regularly provided healthy specials on the lunchtime menu with new recipes for the children to trial.
  • The school took part in the Marathon Kids programme during lunchtimes.
  • The children in key stage 2 worked together in groups to produce short videos on different aspects of healthy living. These were shown at a celebratory event at the end of the school year.
  • A new water fountain was installed as it was highlighted that children weren’t drinking enough during the school day, and the old water fountain was difficult for the younger children to use.
  • A yoga class was run after school for children in year 6 in the run up to their SATS – the success of this meant it was going to be continued and offered to all pupils.
  • The health behaviours questionnaire was repeated at the end of the school year to reassess the difference the input had made.
  • Our Tribe Leader worked with Mrs Wilson to complete the paperwork and assessments to apply for the local healthy schools’ award which they were successfully awarded.