Spring Hill School


Samantha Campbell

Telephone: 01765 603320

"Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education as well as various qualifications in the Arts. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in schools, spending over 13 of these in leadership roles, and previously held National Leadership in Education status. She has worked in the special education sector since 2000 and has undertaken Headship and Executive Headship roles, leading specialist provisions to consecutive Outstanding Ofsted judgements. She is passionate about working with children and young people in order to make a real difference and enjoys supporting individuals to achieve their very best and, ultimately, be happy.


When she is not at work, Sam enjoys spending time with her children and family, occasionally dabbles with acrylic paint to create unique pieces and endeavours to maintain her peak fitness levels at the gym."


Acting Head of Care

Kristin Phelps

Telephone: 01765 603320


Head of Education

Valerie Clayden

Telephone: 01765 603320

"Val holds a degree in Physical Education and Biological Sciences and has worked in mainstream settings from Nursery to Sixth Form in a variety of roles. She is a firm believer in physical activity being a part of every young person’s daily curriculum.


When not coaching various sports Val spends time with her two teenage daughters, horses, and devoted dog, Sacha. The family home is home to a variety of animals who have been nursed back to health and then stayed."


Assistant Head (Education)

Christine Sherman

Telephone: 01765 603320

"Christine is qualified up to post graduate level in Education and has worked in special needs education for almost 15 years. She started her career as an ICT Specialist teaching young people with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities and has gone on to be senior leader in different educational SEN settings. 


Christine is student centred in her approach to quality assurance and believes that her role is to act as an ambassador for the learners in ensuring they get the best possible provision at Spring Hill School. When Christine is not at work she is a busy mum to two young children, spending many an hour in soft play centres, sorting squabbles and playing shop keepers, super heroes and fairies."



Ruth Dyble

Telephone: 01765 603320

"Ruth is qualified to Post Graduate Diploma level and spent many years in the Leisure and Hospitality sector as Director for a chain of ten-pin bowling centres! Having changed career to have children she turned to the criminal justice sector and has been a Magistrate, a Prison Visitor and a Non-Executive Director of York & North Yorkshire Probation Trust.


Ruth believes that all children should have the opportunity to thrive in an environment that suits their needs and is focused on them to support their individual progress. Ruth has two teenage children who keep her busy and also helps run the local junior triathlon club. If there are a few spare minutes in the day she may even be seen falling off a step at an aerobics class."


Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Mark Varley

Telephone: 01765 603320

"Mark qualified in speech and language therapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama and then went on to gain advanced clinical studies qualifications at City University in London.
He has worked as a speech and language therapist for close to 25 years in a wide variety of education, health and care settings.
Mark has extensive experience working with children, young people and adults with complex communication needs, including many years working with deaf people.
He believes that clinical services like speech and language therapy should be highly integrated and work closely alongside colleagues in education and care to help every young person meet their potential. 

Mark is also the regional professional lead speech and language therapist for Cambian Children’s Services, managing therapists working in other Cambian settings in the North.
In the past, Mark has lectured speech and language therapy students at a variety of different universities.
Out of work, Mark enjoys time with his partner, family and friends, cinema, theatre, music and gardening. Mark is at his happiest when he’s out on an early morning walking his dog, going for a run or swim."


Pathways Co-ordinator

Olivia Sanderson

Telephone: 01765 603320

"Olivia has a Degree in Psychology from Newcastle University and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice through Edinburgh University.


She has previously worked for a charity where she started as a support worker and developed her experience before successfully setting up and running various services for children and adults on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities, as Family Resource Manager across the North East.


Before joining the team at Cambian Spring Hill School, Olivia spent three years as an Assistant Psychologist, working with young people aged 2-18 experiencing various educational, social, emotional or behavioural difficulties in both mainstream and specialist provisions. During this time she also trained in therapeutic story writing and drawing and talking therapy.


In her spare time Olivia enjoys walking with my partner and 2 dogs, Rosie and Ruby, who are Chihuahua x Jack Russel, they may have little legs but they enjoy nothing more than days out walking in the Yorkshire dales, The Lake District or on the beach…. whatever the weather!! Olivia love films and music and has a very varied taste, on her way to work her playlist may include anything from Drake to the Drifters or One Direction to Dolly Parton…. It’s a good job she travels alone."


General Enquiries

Email: cambianeducation@cambiangroup.com

Telephone: 0800 138 1184


Governance Board

Termly Governance Board meetings are held at Spring Hill 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


Chair of the board is Kerry Maynard who is contactable on kerry.maynard@cambiangroup.com or phone: 0208 735 6150


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.