Mental Health & Wellbeing

Designated School Lead: Mrs Annabel Berry


At Towngate Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “In order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. We aim to make our school a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience.

Towngate pupils

At Towngate we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support– This is delivered through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum using our Values Based Curriculum, Learning Powers, PSHE and Picture News to meet the needs of all our pupils.

Additional support– We offer bespoke workshops for groups of children who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences.

Targeted support–  Our pastoral team work closely with children and their families to offer a personalised approach to support wellbeing.

To find out more about mental health and well-being at Towngate, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Some of the fantastic opportunities we can offer:
  • Partnership with CAMHs to support in the following:
    – develop sleeping well
    – support for devices and social media
    – managing childhood worries
    – building emotional resilience
    – transition to high school
  • Targeted ‘Unique Identity’ workshops for groups of children through out partnership with Kings Way Church. These sessions require children to develop their resilience and social/emotional wellbeing strategies.
  • Kingsway Church  prayer space experience.
  • Annual Mental Health week
  • Year 6 Luggage for Life
  • On my mind boxes
  • Kindness Jars
  • Regulation stations
  • The ‘Zen Den’

For more information for parents and carers: