At Oakfield Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff. We recognise that all members of our school community will experience challenges in life and we know that, during these times, some people may need additional support to maintain wellbeing and positive mental health. Our school ethos is supportive and caring, and we aim to develop in our children the confidence, resilience and self esteem to manage difficult situations. It is our belief that mental health and wellbeing is everyone's responsibility.

 At Oakfield we support our children to:

  • understand and manage their emotions and feelings                             
  • feel comfortable in sharing concerns or worries
  • develop and maintain positive relationships with both adults and peers
  • have self belief and high self esteem
  • be confident, unique individuals
  • develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 

Our mental health and wellbeing offer:

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum e.g P.S.H.E., Growth Mindset etc.

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 wellbeing groups or counselling.

Lead staff members: 

Mrs Herbert 

Pastoral Manager


Mr Farrell

Wellbeing Lead and Mental Health First Aider

Mr Gillen

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)



Parent and carers - do you need help right now?

The Anna Freud Centre Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. The service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better. 

We can help with issues such as anxiety, worry, panic attacks, bullying and depression and are here to talk at any time of day or night. 

If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258.

We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.


Support for families


You're never too young to talk mental health - a leaflet for parents and carers




Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS)

CAHMS offers specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. They help children and young people up to the age of 16 years and from 16-18 years for young people on particular pathways.

The service can support with :

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-harm
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
  • More complex psychological difficulties

Click on the link to access the website CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) :: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust



Youth in Mind (Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind)


Youth in Mind work closely with schools to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide education and support to students, parents, teachers and governors. They also offer an innovative range of therapeutic services that can be tailored to meet both school, community and individual needs. Click on the link to access the website Youth in Mind | Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind (



The Anthony Seddon Fund



The Anthony Seddon Fund is a Tameside based Peer Support Mental Health Charity, providing a safe environment for people to come and chat.

Click on the link to access the website