Springwell Leeds Academy


Join us and become part of the future at Springwell Leeds Academy

Thank you for your interest in Springwell Leeds. We are a thriving community of Special (SEMH) practices in Leeds and a member of Wellspring Academy Trust.

Together, we make a difference for young people in our care both in Leeds and across the entire region. These are incredibly exciting times for us as we grow in Leeds and times of great opportunity for all our staff.

If you want to:
• make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable students in the city
• work in state of the art facilities
• move away from some of the restrictions of a mainstream pathway
• teach with a focus on the whole child, not just narrow subject outcomes
…then we would like to hear from you.

We are rapidly growing and have upcoming vacancies across the board in leadership, teaching and non teaching roles.  Please click here for further information.

Scale 4 Care Team (North Site)

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Anyone interested should call Lisa Hutchinson on: 07717361185
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he Springwell Leeds Application Form must be completed in all instances.  CV’s will not be accepted.

Return all applications to Lauren Harper, l.harper@springwellacademyleeds.org

Unsuccessful Applications

If you have not been contacted regarding an application within 5 days of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful.

We are sorry but we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications for posts.


Springwell Leeds is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All candidates that are successfully selected for interview will be required to complete a self disclosure form.

The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.


Our Springwell Career Journey

Prior to joining Springwell Leeds Academy, I completed my degree in Psychology and Criminology and then gained my QTS in primary education. During my time in mainstream, I led subjects across the primary curriculum and taught across the age ranges. I made the move from a deprived primary mainstream setting to Springwell Leeds as I loved their ethos and have always been passionate about restorative, holistic and researched informed approaches to education. I believe that every child deserves a chance to succeed and can do so given the right tools and environment to support. 

Since joining Springwell as a class teacher, I first supported colleagues with knowledge of restorative practice and primary pedagogy then secured a senior leadership position leading on curriculum across the primary phases. More recently, I have been supporting other schools within our trust and working on the transition between KS2 and KS3. I feel that Springwell have been very supportive of my career development and I love working as part of such a driven and committed team. 
Natalie Whitaker – Primary Lead at Springwell Leeds East Site
My Springwell career has seen me go from strength to strength. I began my journey with Springwell as a Teaching Assistant, and soon discovered my passion for working with children with additional needs. I felt thoroughly privileged when Springwell funded my teacher training, allowing me to take the next steps in my career. Throughout this experience, I felt supported by staff around me; I had a wonderful and inspirational mentor and experienced strong leadership from SLT and subject leaders. Once qualified, I have been given further opportunities within the Academy, and now hold a subject leadership position myself! 
Ruth McCall  – Teacher at Springwell Leeds East Site

I started my Springwell journey as a nervous teacher having spent 14 years working within the pastoral sections of mainstream schools. I was welcomed with open arms into a supportive and nurturing environment. I met many like minded staff and was allowed to creatively develop my teaching style. I have since progressed to a Curriculum lead for outdoor learning and have established a strong Duke of Edinburgh award cohort within the academy. I came thinking I had secured a job, but now feel i have created a career path and have the support around me to make that a reality.
Ashley Tazzyman – Curriculum Lead Springwell Leeds South Site

My journey at Springwell academy started with me joining the family as an agency member of staff. I had always wanted to work with students with SEMH needs and support them, as I did not get the support myself growing up with similar needs. I was successful in gaining a role as a Teaching Assistant, before changing onto the care team only two 2 months later. Springwell have offered and supported me with many different training opportunities, this has helped develop my understanding on UPR and restorative practice. They have also supported me in developing my knowledge of Theraplay, as a result I have been able to develop into a practitioner in my area, sharing this knowledge and experience with others.
Francesca Stockton- Care Team at Springwell Leeds South Site
Before joining Springwell East I had worked in an SEMH setting for 6 years. Leaving was a hard decision to make and I was very nervous not knowing what the future would bring but it was the best decision I ever made! I embarked on my Springwell journey as a HLTA in September 2018 and settled really quickly. From interview to where I am today, I have never felt so valued, respected and supported as I do here. This has been key to the progression I have made in my career so far. Having identified my chosen career path, after 6 months I was promoted to an Unqualified Teaching role which I carried out alongside working through my teacher training. No time was wasted, I was allocated two mentors who were with me every step of the way. Having them by my side and the daily support I received from my Springwell family allowed me to complete my training within 12 months whilst teaching a KS3 class. During my time at Springwell I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing professionals. The development and opportunities I have received, and continue to receive, have been outstanding. My passion has always been to make a difference and I feel like we do this daily. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Leigh Dardzinski – Class Teacher at Springwell Leeds East Site
I started working at Springwell in early 2018 as a lower key stage 3 Teacher, then moved to teaching in upper key stage 2 after expressing an interest in focusing on this age range. Springwell supported me fully with this transition, ensuring that I had the training and support that I needed to be successful in the move. Springwell has also supported my aspirations for career development, I have been very fortunate that Springwell has paid for a number of development opportunities such as my leadership course, and also my own leadership mentor. My SLT has been fantastic in supporting me both professionally and personally, always looking out for different ways they can help and guide. My confidence in not only my teaching, but also my leadership has grown significantly as a result of the guidance and support I have received here.  We have a really strong and supportive staff team, who work together to create a wonderful environment for our community. 
Rebecca Buckingham, Teacher at Springwell Leeds South Site
I have been working at Springwell since February 2019. Throughout that time, I have seen how much of an impact leadership can have to get the best out of all staff members who work here. Effective teamwork is absolutely vital if we want to get the very best out of young people and the teamwork I see here on a daily basis is clear to see. Since starting here my own personal professional development has skyrocketed. Soon after being appointed as Care Team Leader, I quickly became a Designated Safeguarding Officer, Positive Regard Specialist and soon to be Team Teach Trainer. The investment from the school into professional development of staff is amazing. Staff members’ expertise across school have inspired me to increase my own understanding of why we see behaviour and my hope is that I can pass that knowledge on to others who work at this great school.
Ryan Hallsworth, Care Team Leader at Springwell Leeds South Site