CSSC - helping children and young people to THRiVE

CSSC is delighted to be part of the project board working on the THRiVE initiative.


Over the past three 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. 

A THRiVE celebration event was held on Friday 15 June in Abbey Community College and we were delighted to welcome politicians and stakeholders to the event. 

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.  

Key stakeholders 


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


  • Abbots Cross Primary School
  • Whitehouse Primary School
  • Rathcoole Primary School
  • Kings Park Primary School
  • Hollybank Primary School


19 June 2018