Willowpark Primary Academy

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health


As a part of South Pennine Academies, we are committed to a Trust-wide approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing covering children, staff and the wider community.

At Willowpark Primary Academy we consider the development of our children's mental health and wellbeing to be as important as we do their physical well being and we promote its importance both within our curriculum and through the support we offer our children and their families.

Our commitment encompasses ongoing week in 8 priority areas;

  • Leadership
  • Staff Culture
  • Student Culture
  • Support for Staff
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Support for Pupils
  • Working with parents/carers
  • Working with external agencies

Our school is wholly inclusive and we work hard to ensure all children have access to resources, provision and environments which support the development of their emotional literacy.

This section of our website should provide lots of useful information to you. If there is more information or support you require on any aspect of looking after your own emotional wellbeing or mental health, or that of someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact us in school 

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The Willowpark Offer

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School Mental Health Award

We are very proud of our on-going work to support positive Mental Health and Wellbeing and have recently achieved the GOLD School Mental Health Award following assessment by Leeds Beckett University in recognition of the work we do to support the mental health and wellbeing of our staff, children and their families. 

Routines - Resources

The resource below has a focus on healthy lifestyles and contains lots of information and links to wider resources around 4 key components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle; Sleep, Routines, Nutrition & Physical Exercise.

Healthy Lifestyles
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Partnership For Children have also shared some excellent resources with us to support your families emotional wellbeing.  

These activities are based on the programme we use in school to teach PSHCE. Use them to help your child find healthy ways to deal with their feelings and reactions to the Covid-19 situation. 
These Activities:

  • Take around 10 minutes to complete
  • Cover the following themes: Feelings, staying connected, dealing with change, getting along, dealing with worries and relaxing
  • Designed for children aged five to nine but can be adapted for younger or older children
  • Include instructions for adults to complete the activities with children

Coping Toolbox

Creating a Routine

Worry Jar

Ways to Feel Better

Staying Connected

Feelings Chart

Our Feelings Diary

Dealing with Change

If you are struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle there are steps you can take to seek support.

  • Contact your GP and discuss your thoughts/feelings with them 
  • Make a self referral to Healthy Minds - they will book you in to complete a telephone assessment, before offering the most appropriate route for support. They can be contacted on 0161 716 2777 or via their online referral form which can be accessed at https://www.iaptportal.co.uk/ServiceUser/SelfReferralForm.aspx?sd=ed81b973-a703-42e3-8cff-84fd96ff4e6e 
  • Contact us in school on 0161 359 5699 or email teacherswp@willowparkacademy.org. The office at Willowpark is staffed every day for parents of children and our admin teams will be able to forward your call to the most appropriate person to offer advice. 
  • Follow the Oldham twitter handles @ATWellbeingWSA , @ChrissyOrson, @NatWellbeingWSA and @OldhamOA as these account frequently share the latest updates/resources to support local families