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#WE CAN ...

Over the past number of years, key stakeholders have been working collaboratively to improve outcomes for children and young people in Rathcoole and Monkstown.  


Now renamed THRiVE, the project is a collaboration of local people, schools, community organisations and statutory agencies, committed to improvements in aspiration, attainment, wellbeing and collaboration. 


THRiVE has achieved so much already, including 

  •  The BOOST programme has improved attainment in local schools
  • Collaboration between schools has improved attendance, transition and goal-setting
  •  Wellbeing of pupils has been addressed through a new school nursing approach
  • Collaboration between early years providers have improved transition processes
  • Staff from all six local schools have been brought together to celebrate achievements and develop THRiVE’s vision


 In addition to continuing the above, THRiVE plans to 

  •  Deliver common training for early years practitioners and volunteers in partnership with NHSCT
  • Launch an area-wide campaign in partnership with parents, children and young people to raise aspiration, supported by Smarts Communicate
  • Continue to improve aspiration, attainment and wellbeing through a collaborative approach with its partners.  


Project Board

  • Abbey Sure Start
  • Abbey Community College
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Barnardo’s
  • Controlled Schools’ Support Council
  • Department for Communities
  • Department of Education
  • Education Authority
  • Monkstown Boxing Club
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Public Health Agency
  • Stranmillis University College



  • Rathcoole Primary School and Nursery Unit
  • Abbots Cross Primary School
  • Whitehouse Primary School
  • Kings Park Primary School
  • Hollybank Primary School
  • St James Primary School