About Us

Our alliance

The SPTS alliance consists of the Yeovil Federation of schools, and the Somerset Special Schools (SENse).  We work closely with our alliance and other strategic partners, taking a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of school to school support, initial teacher training, CPD and research & development

The team

Our core team is based at Fiveways School, Yeovil.  Please contact us for further information or to discuss how we may help you.

Julie Walker: Teaching School Lead

Ian Baker: Initial Teacher Training; Outreach

Mark Collis: Head Teacher, Fiveways School & SPTS

Samantha Ensor: Deputy Head Teacher, Fiveways School & SPTS

Helen Gadsden: CPD; Science Learning Partnership; Teaching School administration

Sarah Hampshire: CPD; Team Teach; Foundation Degree


SPTS is a Teaching School representative on Special Schools’ Voice and a member of the Special Teaching Schools Network.