Pupil on work experience at Elms Bank

Thrive Pathway


Thrive is a pathway providing a bespoke curriculum, tailored to the individual needs of a group of students whose main barrier to learning is complex Profound, Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).

  • Students within this pathway have a combination of complex medical conditions, Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN),  Hearing Impairment (HI), Visual Impairment (VI), Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI), specific conditions impacting severely on cognitive development and/or Physical Disabilities (PD) as additional barriers.


  • To embed and promote positive student well-being, confidence, independence, communication skills throughout the curriculum.

  • A broad & balanced curriculum at KS3 & KS4 reflecting the National Curriculum, providing therapeutic, experiential and sensory opportunities.

  • At KS5 the curriculum will focus on gaining life skills through meaningful community focused, experiential learning and sensory opportunities.

  • A specific Blended Learning offer is in place to engage and support students and their families, who need to self-isolate. (See Blended Learning Policy).

  • The pace and content of the curriculum has been modified in line with our Recovery Curriculum. (See Recovery Curriculum Policy)



  • The  Thrive curriculum is delivered by a main class teacher, supported by TAs.

  • This pathway is mainly class-based, with access to specialist facilities, e.g. sensory room, hydro-therapy pool & provision, e.g. music therapy, eye gaze technology.

  • Highly differentiated National Curriculum subjects allow students to focus on life skills, experiencing their community and a wide range of therapies.

  • This differentiated curriculum develops functional skills through a range of practical, sensory and experiential learning opportunities.

  • All students within this pathway experience wrap around care from a range of multi-agencies including school nursing, physiotherapy, occupational health, VI, HI, speech and language therapists, and social care.

  • Careers Information Advice and Guidance & Applied Learning are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students receive 1 day in KS3 and 1 week in KS4 of internal and external work experience, called ‘World of Work’. In addition, where appropriate, some students also have the opportunity to access an individually bespoke programme. 

  • PSHCE /Citizenship/Sex Relationship Education – have 5 additional whole School ‘Drop Down Days’. These dedicated days provide exciting and meaningful learning opportunities, in addition to weekly lessons.

  • Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural & Personal  Development – The whole school comes together to participate in a whole School Humanities Day annually. All students engage in our annual ‘Arts Week’ and in our Summer Term B ‘Whole School Performance’, which culminates in a whole school Arts production.

  • Residentials – students in each Key Stage have the opportunity to attend a residential. In Key Stage 5 there are two residentials, this includes our annual joint residential with our German partner school, Rurtle-Schule.


  • Positive student well-being, confidence, independence, functional communication skills.

  • KS4 Thrive is a differentiated pathway. Students work towards the Asdan Transition Challenge, where they can follow the sensory pathway or the introduction/ progression pathway. Students also complete Arts Award Discover and may access other accreditations where deemed appropriate.

  • KS5 students will achieve Arts Award Explore and Towards Independence accreditation, that celebrates their experiences. Courses support students by preparing them to be able to positive contribute to their community through further education or engagement in adult community opportunities post 19yrs.