SFC & The Thrive Hub

Student & Family Centre and The Thrive Hub

Here at Penrice we recognise that, for some children, school is not always an easy experience.  Children occasionally face social and emotional challenges which can impact on their learning.

The SFC and Thrive Hub works closely with school staff, external agencies, families, parents, carers and students to provide a friendly and warm environment, and a caring ear when needed.

The SFC and Thrive Hub is available from 7.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. The Team can be contacted for an informal chat to discuss any worries you may have about a student, or for information regarding family support.

Contact: 01726 72163

Meet the Team

SFC Co-ordinator and Thrive Practitioner – Kirstin Libby (Ext 291, klibby@penrice.org.uk)

Year 7 & 8 Pastoral Manager – Heidi Spurgeon (Ext 339, hspurgeon@penrice.org.uk)

Year 9 Pastoral Manager – Lorraine Farr (Ext 292, lfarr@penrice.org.uk)

Year 10 & 11 Pastoral Manager – Bev White (Ext 294, bwhite@penrice.org.uk)


We support students with the following:

  • 1-1 Mentoring
  • Group Work
  • Gender Support
  • Attendance Support
  • Behaviour Management
  • Social & Emotional Support
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • The Thrive Approach
  • The ELSA Programme
  • Emotional First Aid/Mental Health Support
  • CAF/FGC Advocates
  • Signposting to Outside Agencies

What is Thrive?

The Thrive Approach is aimed at young people who have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods of time. Thrive helps them to develop emotional resilience and social skills and helps us to understand the needs being signalled by their behaviour. Contact:  K Libby

What is ELSA?

The ELSA Programme helps support young people to understand and regulate their own emotions whilst also respecting the feelings of those around them.  Contact:  L Farr

What is Emotional First Aid?

Emotional First Aid is an early intervention to support young people experiencing emotional distress.  Contact:  B White

What is Take 3?

Take 3 Parenting Group Work provides comprehensive support to parents of challenging teenagers.  Contact:  L Farr


Every Third Wednesday of the month

The School Nurse Team runs a drop-in for students who have any health concerns, Break 1 in the Chalet.

Every Thursday break and lunchtime

The Young Carers Drop-in is held for any students who have a family member at home with a medical condition.

Read more about our Young Carers here.