At Ovingham Middle School, 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.

 At our school 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

As part of our continued focus on wellbeing and mental health, all staff have undergone training in the FRIENDS Resilience Programme which is being delivered to all pupils in their weekly Personal Development lessons (PD).  The FRIENDS Programme has four developmentally targeted, and age-appropriate, strands which teach multiple resilience skills as well as aiming to prevent and treat anxiety and depression.  The sessions will enable pupils to think about the choices they make and teach them how to make positive choices.  Pupils will also learn strategies to help them respond appropriately to challenges which they may face.

There is information available on family resilience sessions on the FRIENDS website should you wish to pursue it further.

If you require further information or support you can speak to your child’s form teacher, PD teacher or Mrs Tweddle (Mental Health & Wellbeing Lead).

Here are some useful links with information and resources to support your child’s health and well being
Mental health and wellbeing website for the North East and North Cumbria launched

The Signpost North East and North Cumbria website has been developed by the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System, and funded by the North East Mental health Clinical Network.

The aim of the Signpost North East and North Cumbria (NENC) website is to be one easy-to-navigate ‘hub’, where people can find all the information they need to look after their wellbeing. Access to good information is vital to removing the barriers that can get in the way of good mental health.

National Sleep Helpline


Elemy have recently created a free guide to support parents who have a child recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It serves to educate parents and caretakers of neurodivergent children on all aspects of ASD giving them a better understanding of what it means for their child, for their family, and how to move forward.

Please take a look: