Our Vision: To ensure the most successful outcomes for all our pupils especially those with special and/or educational needs through a shared moral purpose and the development of outstanding practice across the Alliance.

Who Are We?

The Merton Special Teaching Alliance was formed by Perseid School and Cricket Green School in 2012. A number of experienced leaders are available to provide support at different levels, including Senior Leaders, National Leaders of Education (NLEs) and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

The MSTA is headed by Tina Harvey (Headteacher at Perseid School) and Celia Dawson (Headteacher at Cricket Green School, who work closely with Steve Childs (Headteacher at Melbury College - Melrose School/SMART  Centre).

Tina Harvey Celia Dawson

Tina Harvey, Headteacher at Perseid School

Celia Dawson, Headteacher at Cricket Green School


Working in Partnership with Merton School Partners

In June 2014 MSTA expanded its remit to include Merton School Partners. This provides a unique context within which our teaching school is led by special schools working in partnership with mainstream colleagues. Our School Partners include:

Matt Ball,
Headteacher at Bishop Gilpin Primary School  


Ruth Whymark, 

Headteacher at Cranmer Primary School

Nikki Morgan, 

Headteacher at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Katharine Davies, 

Headteacher at Poplar Primary School

Alison Jerrard, 

Headteacher at Ricards Lodge High School

Nathalie Bull, 

Headteacher at Singlegate Primary School