Pastoral Support

supporting children with their emotional and social development


Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children's emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.

We are proud to embrace the Thrive approach at Grovelands. We endeavour to address key issues in our daily work and our teaching.

Some children will have individual thrive support by a lead practitioner.


Nurture groups are a short-term, focused intervention for children with particular social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which are creating a barrier to learning within a mainstream class.

Children are referred for support by the Inclusion Leader or by a recommendation on their Education Health Care Plan. They attend these sessions during the afternoon part of the school day for a short period of time before being fully integrated back to class. The Nurture practitioners and the class teacher liaise about the work that is happening in both environments.


Mentoring matches adult mentors with young people who require or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives. The role of the adult mentor is to support the child with issues that they may be experiencing. These issues could be for a variety of reasons:

  • Friendship issues
  • Dealing with trauma
  • Role modelling
  • Behaviour

The children will have direct support and intervention for a short period of time but then the mentor is available for the child to talk too when required or needed.

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Young
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs M McKay
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams
  • Deputy DSLs:  Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams,
    Mr J Goulding