Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health

Academy Information

Mrs Sally Bowler

Pastoral Lead


Someone to listen

At the West Park Academy, we strongly believe that children need to be happy and emotionally secure in order for them to be able to learn. We have strategies in place to ensure that children in school have someone to talk to if they are feeling anxious or worried about anything. 

All classrooms have worry boxes in them.  Children can leave a message for their class teacher if they feel they need time to talk.  Class teachers offer support themselves initially and, if needed, discuss further support available with Mrs Bowler. 

Mrs Bowler is a trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and works with children in school to help support their emotional needs. For more information on ELSA, please see the leaflet link below.

We aim to:

  • help children to better understand their emotions and feelings
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children to form and maintain healthy social relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they matter
  • encourage children to be confident
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as well-being groups or personal mentors.

ACCESSING external support

We are also able to access external support for children who may have a more complex range of needs.

Mrs Bowler is also able to offer support with referrals to outside agencies or, they can be accessed directly by parents/carers.  Please see contact details and web sites below for further information.


0115 854 2299

SBAP – Schools Behaviour and Attendance Partnership

SBAP can provide support with parenting courses like 123 Magic, NVR, Parental Resilience, Forest Schools and more.  Please contact Mrs Bowler in school for advice and referrals.

Family Service NBS - formerly Small Steps Family Action

Tel: 0115 977 4238
Email: familyserviceNBS@nottscc.gov.uk