Whinfell School


David Glaves

Telephone: 01539 723322

I feel privileged to be joining the outstanding Whinfell School as it’s new Principal. My first impressions are of a committed and skilful staff team who work incredibly hard to provide a caring and supportive environment for a wonderful cohort of students and I have already been made to feel very welcome.


I have over 20 year’s experience of senior leadership within mainstream and independent schools and colleges having previously trained as an Aircrew officer in the Royal Navy. My most recent experience has been in opening and establishing residential schools for children with social, emotional and learning difficulties.


I have a commitment to enabling children and young people to achieve the best possible outcomes and for ensuring that staff and students are able to flourish in a calm, supportive and productive environment. I strongly believe that we all have a responsibility for making a positive impact on the children in our care and for ensuring. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at Whinfell School and within the wider Cambian Group Community.  


Registered Manager

Ian Sharpe

Telephone: 01539 723322

Ian Sharpe is Registered Manager and has responsibility for all things residential. He is a highly professional, organised manager with a clear vision about what it takes to create a genuinely safe, caring and happy home environment. It is due to Ian’s leadership that the team makes Cambian Whinfell Home a safe and happy place to live and work.


Ian has been part of a very successful Cambian Whinfell Residential Team since 2013 during which time the team has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement every year. Ian’s main focus is to continue delivering a standard of service and care that is first class.  He sees helping and developing the young people of Whinfell with their current skills and adapting to ever more challenging life changes as core to his role. Ian sees that everyone has a part to play in the support of the young people and strives to encourage ownership, proactive support and nurturing, leading to young people who are confident and successfully achieve their personal goals. Ian sets the bar high for himself, his team and the young people in his care. He is a great advocate for the young people and is aspirational for the provision.


Head of Education

Paddy Sandham

Telephone: 01539 723322

Paddy is Head of Education and has responsibility for all things educational. She is a highly motivated teacher with over 20 years experience, having taught in a number of mainstream and special schools. She is passionate about child centred learning and aims to get the best from our students by creating a productive and fun environment in which they can achieve their full potential.


General Enquiries

Email: ccs.referrals@cambiangroup.com

Telephone: 0161 507 3723


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Governance Board

Termly Governance Board meetings are held at Whinfell School to ensure that the management of the school is closely scrutinised and held to account in all areas of responsibility.


The agenda comprises of:


✓ Voice of the Child - student feedback


✓ Head Teachers Highlight Report outlining achievements and challenges and progress against school improvement report


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Care


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Education


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Therapy


✓ Commercial Performance


✓ Staffing and Personnel


✓ Estates Report


✓ IT report


The Governance Board contain key individuals from outside and within the school who attend this meeting each term and parental and staff feedback is always welcomed.


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