Brighter Futures for Children’s Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is expanding to schools in north and east Reading, with the team set to provide support to all 55 state-funded schools in the borough. 

The innovative service launched in January 2020, with Reading chosen as a trailblazer for the project, which supported an initial 16 schools in west Reading. The scheme was expanded in 2022 to a further 20 schools in south central Reading. Since then, the MHST has gone on to offer low intensity interventions to support children and young people (and their families) who are experiencing emerging or mild to moderate mental health problems. 

And now, the third MHST, developed in partnership with the Integrated Care Board, will form in September of this year before formally launching in September 2025 to support the remaining 19 state-funded schools in north and east Reading. 

The teams complement existing mental health support already provided in schools and by existing professionals and services, such as school-based counsellors, educational psychologists, school nurses, primary mental health workers, school pastoral care teams, school nurses, voluntary sector organisations and CAMH services. 

The MHST was recently shortlisted as ‘Medium Team of the Year’ at the LGC Awards 2024 and was rated good or above by almost 100% of its users in last year’s annual feedback. 

Di Smith, Board Chair of Brighter Futures for Children, said: “The MHST has been providing incredible support to our children and young people for years now, so we are delighted that this expansion brings the service to all state-funded schools in Reading. 

“Access to a systemic approach to improving mental health is incredibly important to us all and the MHST supports schools in promoting their ‘whole school approach’ for mental health, providing advice and signposting. 

“The team has consistently been recognised as a fantastic resource and I’m certain it will continue to improve the mental health of children and young people across Reading.” 

Notes to Editors 

Brighter Futures for Children is a not-for-profit company owned by but independent of Reading Borough Council. We were formed in December 2018 and deliver children’s services on behalf of RBC. 

The full list of 55 schools covered by the MHST, once the expansion is complete in 2025, includes:

  • Alfred Sutton 
  • All Saints Church of England Aided Infant School   
  • All Saints Junior 
  • The Avenue Special School 
  • Battle  
  • Blessed Hugh Faringdon  
  • Caversham Park Primary School  
  • Caversham Primary School 
  • Christ the King  
  • Churchend  
  • Civitas Academy  
  • Coley  
  • Cranbury College  
  • E P Collier Primary School  
  • Emmer Green Primary School  
  • English Martyrs  
  • Geoffrey Field Infant  
  • Geoffrey Field Junior   
  • Green Park Village   
  • Hamilton College  
  • The Heights Primary School 
  • Highdown School  
  • The Hill Primary School 
  • Holy Brook School  
  • John Madejski Academy  
  • Katesgrove  
  • Kendrick School  
  • Maiden Erlegh Reading  
  • Manor  
  • Meadow Park  
  • Micklands Primary School  
  • Moorlands  
  • New Christ Church  
  • New Town Academy  
  • Oxford Road  
  • Palmer Academy  
  • Park Lane  
  • Prospect  
  • Ranikhet  
  • Reading College (whole setting work only)  
  • Reading Girls’  
  • Reading School  
  • Redlands  
  • Ridgeway  
  • Southcote   
  • St Anne’s RC Catholic Primary School  
  • St John’s CofE (Aided) Primary School  
  • St Martin’s Catholic Primary School  
  • St Marys and All Saints 
  • St Michael’s  
  • Thameside Primary School  
  • The Wren  
  • UTC Reading    
  • Whitley Park  
  • Wilson 

More information about what support MHST can offer and how to access the service is available on BFfC’s website and on the Reading Family Information Service website.