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.

Students within the Thrive Pathway usually transition from Elms Bank after Year 11 and stay at Elms Bank College until the end of Year 14. At the end of Year 14 students typically move from Elms Bank into Further Education or adult Social Care provisions and undertake appropriate courses and activities suitable for their needs. 


  • To embed and promote positive student well-being, confidence, independence, communication skills throughout the curriculum.
  • At KS5 the curriculum will focus on gaining life skills through meaningful community focused, experiential learning and sensory opportunities.



  • The Thrive curriculum is delivered by a main class teacher, supported by skilled 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.
  • All students have access to 5 PSHE drop down days in which they study British Values, Bullying, Relationships, Diversity, Internet Safety, Emotional Well-Being/Self Image, and Drug and Alcohol awareness; these areas are all presented in an appropriate way for the students and all the learning takes place through sensory activities.
  • We offer nurturing, mixed ability form groups, which spend time reinforcing our PSHCE & well-being curriculum. This is called “Excellence for All: The 5 Steps to Wellbeing”. Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within the students personalised “Excellence for All” folders. Within this document students record their involvement within extracurricular opportunities for example: clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHE drop down days and residentials.
  • Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within each student’s personalised ‘Excellence for All’ folders, showing their involvement within extra-curricular activities, for example, clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHCE drop down days and residentials.


  • Positive student well-being, confidence, independence, functional communication skills.
  • Physical and emotional wellbeing and communication skills have been developed, in line with EHCP outcomes.
  • KS5 students will achieve Arts Award Explore and ASDAN Working Towards Independence accreditation, that celebrates their experiences.