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.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness.

Mental Health Awareness Week

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


More useful mental health links...