Springwell Learning Community is the umbrella name for Springwell Special Academy and Springwell Alternative Academy. Springwell Special Academy provides cross-phase education for Barnsley children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Springwell Alternative Academy works in partnership with local primary and secondary schools to provide alternative education pathways.
Both of these schools are part of the Barnsley and Kirklees Special Provision Partnership, formed through additional collaboration of Greenacre School, Joseph Norton Academy and Springwell Learning Community. More information about our partnership can be accessed here.
At Springwell, our full time staff of around 100 is dedicated to ensuring that every pupil can settle quickly and is supported to make good progress in line with our vision and mission. I am proud to see both staff and pupils living our core values everywhere, every day.
Sarah Wilson, Executive Principal
Sarah has overall responsibility for the school with the support of the local governing body. Together they set the school’s strategic direction by analysing current needs and planning for the future. Sarah joined the school in April 2020, just as the nation went into lockdown! Sarah works closely with other members of the Trust and Special Provision Partnership Executive Team.
Danny Ross, Head of School
Danny is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the school, the quality of teaching and learning and pupils’ achievement. He has worked at Springwell for over 10 years! Danny is an Apple Distinguished Educator and is passionate about ensuring pupils leave as tech savvy, independant, lifelong learners.
Kerri Ann Beet, Pastoral Manager
Kerri Ann Beet is our school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL). She will often be the first person you will meet at our school and her team members will be your first contacts if you have any questions or queries about welfare issues. Kerri ann works closely with parents, carers and other agencies to meet the support.