Dave Whitaker

Executive Principal

Springwell Learning Community (Barnsley & Lincolnshire) Wellspring Academy Trust


Dave is the Executive Principal of Springwell Learning Communities in both Barnsley & Lincolnshire. As part of the Wellspring Academies Trust’s regional work in special and alternative education, Dave leads schools that cater for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH).  He is a National Leader of Education, Head of a National Teaching School and also contributes to national education policy through his work with the Head Teachers’ Roundtable think tank.

Dave was involved in the vision and design process of Springwell Special Academy, an outstanding SEMH school in Barnsley. As part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, Springwell was an innovative and cutting edge project that incorporated genuine collaboration between education professionals architects, builders and design teams.

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