Emotional Wellbeing

At Bowmandale Primary School, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to all children, their families and members of staff and governors. Our open culture allows children's voices to be heard, and through the use of effective policies and procedures we ensure a safe and supportive environment for all affected - both directly and indirectly - by mental health issues. Please also refer to our Growth Mindset page which outlines our whole school approach to building confidence and resilience in our children.

We believe in a holistic approach to children's development and progress. We have a full time Learning Mentor and Mental Health Champion whose time is devoted to supporting our families and promoting children's emotional wellbeing. This may be through 1:1 counselling, therapeutic group or 1:1 sessions to build self-esteem or short term interventions such as a gardening and craft club or social skills groups. We also have a qualified Forest Schools Leader who works with small groups of children who may need a little support to build their social skills, confidence or self-esteem.

Transition Support

We hope the following resources will help support your child with the transition back into school.

Self care summer pack

Preparing your child for the return to school

Going back into school

Letting go and future plans

Mindfulness calendar

Self care kit Covid-19

Tips for returning to school

Smiling Mind app

Online Help

Below are a number of links which you may find useful in supporting the emotional wellbeing of your child or your family:

Childline info about moving schools



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Rethink Mental Illness

Mental Health Foundation - children and young people

NSPCC - children's mental health

NSPCC - main site


Barton Children's Centre

Action for Children - children's mental health


You may also find it useful to dip in and out of these resources and activities with your child:

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus

Relax Like A Cat

Self Care Kit

Stress Busters

Top 10 Tips

Wellbeing Through Sport

Sentence Starters

Coping skills

Social Media Activity Sheet

Sharing Images Activity Sheet

Live Streaming Activity Sheet

Gaming Activity Sheet

Cyber Bullying Activity Sheet

Family Activity Sheet - Viewing Videos Online

More useful mental health links

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week took place in May. The theme was kindness.

Mental Health Awareness Week