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Mental Health Support Teams in schools

In Kingston and Richmond we have been lucky enough to be part of the new Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Schools initiative with South West London Partnership. Alongside our neighbouring boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth and Croydon we have joined this collaborative project between education and mental health services.

In Kingston and Richmond, the teams are delivered by Achieving for Children as part of our Emotional Health Service.

In Kingston, Siobhan Lowe (Head Teacher from Tolworth Girls) has led the cluster since 2019. Other schools involved include Hollyfield, Tiffin Girls, Coombe Boys, Dysart Special School, Burlington Infants, Lovelace Primary, Ellingham Primary, King Athelstan Primary, Malden Manor Primary, Christ Church C of E Primary and Grand Avenue Primary School. 

In Richmond, the Cluster Lead is Helen Dixon (Head Teacher from Christ's School) and the other schools in the programme are Hampton High, Richmond Park Academy, Orleans Park Secondary, Strathmore Special School, Meadlands Primary, East Sheen Primary, Sheen Mount Primary, The Russell, Darrell Primary, Lowther Primary, Holy Trinity Primary and Hampton Hill Juniors. 

The MHST programme has recently (January 2021) expanded and now includes more schools from the Richmond and Kingston Boroughs. In Kingston, our additional Cluster Lead is Sean Maher (Head Teacher at Richard Challoner School) and the other schools in the programme are The Holy Cross School, Malden Oaks, Kings Oak Primary, Coombe Hill Juniors, Coombe Hill Infants, Corpus Christi Primary School, Robin Hood Primary, St Agatha’s Primary School, Lime Tree Primary, Christ Church New Malden, Green Lane, St Josephs, Chessington School and The Kingston Academy.

In Richmond, our additional Cluster Lead is Chris Rhodes (Head Teacher at Grey Court) and the other schools in the programme are Waldegrave School for Girls, Turing House, Teddington School, Trafalgar Infants, Trafalgar Juniors, St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary, Hampton Wick Infants, Carlisle Infants and St Edmund's Primary. 

The following video explains about the programme in more detail.

Pathway documents (for professionals)

The support pathway documents below display some of the support available to children and families in Richmond and Kingston. The MHST offers a variety of support through individual interventions, group work and a whole-school approach. However, families may also be signposted to other organisations in the local area. This includes online mental health services and resources, as well as charities and voluntary organisations that offer specialised support in areas such as bereavement and ADHD.

If you have any questions or would like to receive this information in an alternative format, please email mhstbusiness.support@achievingforchildren.org.uk.