Meet the Team
Telephone: 01765 603320
"Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education as well as various qualifications in the Arts. She has nearly 30 years’ experience of working in schools, spending over 15 of these in leadership roles, and has been strategically involved in planning for and opening Alternative Provision across South and West Yorkshire. 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 has also worked as a private consultant and enjoyed working closely with providers across the country to develop their specialist provision. She is passionate about working with children and young people with additional needs and strives to make a positive difference. Sam’s motto is, “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well!”, and she expects no less of her staff team. Sam’s vision for Cambian Spring Hill School is that ‘Together, Everyone Achieves More’ in order to make a real difference; a fundamental part of her leadership style is to support individuals to achieve their very best and, ultimately, be happy.
When she is not working, Sam enjoys the great outdoors and spends time with her daughter and her pony, Monty. She also takes an avid interest in her son’s developing portfolio of sheep and cattle but is still working on trying to get him to take his mucky wellies off before coming in to the house!"
Head of Care
Becky is qualified up to Diploma Level 5 in Health and Social Care Management. She also has a level 3 & 4 NVQ in working with children and young people, an A1 Assessors award, and a BA (Hons) Degree in English. She began her career in residential childcare in 2004 and has since held various Registered Manager roles in different settings across the sector, including Disabled Children’s Services. Becky was also a Social Care Regulatory Inspector for Ofsted from 2011 to 2013. Becky is very child focused and committed to supporting individuals to achieve fantastic outcomes.
In her spare time she is dragged around the countryside by her dog Monty! She also enjoys seeing her family when she can, going to music gigs and festivals, and going on as many holidays as she can squeeze into a year.
Head of Education
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)
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."
Business Finance Manager
"I have previously worked in a wide range of finance positions, including at a nursery setting where I developed most of my transitional skills through into my role as BFM. Working in a nursery setting inspired me to want to continue working with young people and further develop my skills. Working at Spring Hill School in this role is the perfect challenge for me.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and visiting my family back home in the West Country, and on the South Coast. I can’t wait to start exploring what Yorkshire has to offer!"
Transitions & Admissions Co-ordinator
"Upon leaving school, Lauren attended college and gained her level 2 and level 3 in Childcare, joining her previous post in a mainstream secondary provision. Here, Lauren gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of the education sector, working to provide classroom teaching and behaviour support. Lauren is currently working towards gaining her Psychology degree and moved to Spring Hill to widen her knowledge of SEN within a specialist residential setting.
As Transition and Admission Co-Ordinator, Lauren oversees all young people on site from the first initial enquiry, through to their planned transition out of the setting and onto their next steps. This role is vital to the school as is useful for both day and residential students as well as their parents, acting as a point of call for all queries which may arise.
In her spare time Lauren likes to socialise and enjoy time relaxing in spas, eating out and spending time with family and friends."