Meet the team
Our team is made up of a headteacher, child psychotherapists, specialist nurses, a psychiatrist, experienced teachers and progress support workers, therapeutic support workers, an occupational therapist, language and communication therapist and a social worker. We also have access to educational psychology and clinical psychology from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Nell Nicholson, BEd, NPQH, MA
Nell Nicholson is the headteacher of Gloucester House, the Tavistock Children’s Day Unit. She has extensive experience of working with children with complex and severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has diverse experience of leading and managing in mainstream and special schools, PRUs and in complex multidisciplinary teams.
In addition to her role as headteacher Nell has a diploma in systemic psychotherapy, she also has an MA in Applied Systemic Theory which focused on multi- disciplinary work in combined education and mental health settings.
Robin Jones –Ford, BEd (Hons), PGDE, NSENCoA
Robin Jones-Ford is our deputy headteacher. He has worked in a number of roles in special education, children’s homes and therapeutic communities over the past twenty-four years in both England and the United States. He holds first and higher degree level qualifications in Education and the National SENCO qualification.
Dr Margaret Lush
Margaret trained as a child psychotherapist at Gloucester House and since then has worked in a mainstream primary school, a voluntary sector organisation, a CAMHS service and a school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties before returning to Gloucester House.
She teaches on several different courses at the Tavistock Clinic and has written about children’s therapeutic groups and research philosophy. She has a professional doctorate in child psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Kirsty Brant – Lead Nurse
Kirsty has worked as a nurse in adult, child and adolescent mental health for almost 15 years. She has worked in inpatient, day service and specialist outreach teams in numerous settings. Kirsty has also worked in specialist CAMHS nursing teams within therapeutic communities, Pupil Referral Units, Special Schools, Youth Offending and Youth Support Teams. Through her clinical experience she is influenced by psychodynamic, group analytic and therapeutic community principles.
All of our staff have an interest in, and commitment to, the therapeutic milieu and many of our staff have qualifications, trainings and interest in psychology and therapeutic approaches. This enhances their abilities and skills in our therapeutic approach.