Our Staff

At Summerhill we have an amazing staff providing excellent care and support for all students. You will get to know them during your time at Summerhill, and they are all looking forward to meeting you! Explore this page to find out about a few staff you will get to know first! 
Mr Palfreyman

I’ve been privileged to be Headteacher at Summerhill since November 2019. I am so proud of the school and want every student to be the best they can be. I want everyone to be successful in their lives and know they have a big team of people behind them at Summerhill supporting them and helping them on their way.


I have been a teacher for 23 years. I am a musician and have played the piano since I was 5. I have taught in primary, secondary and further education specialising in music and performing arts. Outside of school I run a big community choir of 90 people and raise money for local and national charities.


My family are my world and I’ve been married for 20 years. I have two fabulous children who are aged 10 and 12. My son moved to secondary school last year and my daughter starts in September, so she’s feeling as anxious and excited as you are at present.


Summerhill is a very special place and our staff and students are amazing! I am so proud of them all. I can’t wait for you to join our school community. We will look after you and I’m absolutely sure you are going to have a brilliant time!

Mr Cresswell
Deputy Headteacher
Safeguarding Team

I've been Deputy Headteacher at Summerhill for over a decade and love the school community.  I know that everyone will do their very best to make you feel welcome, care for you and help you to be a success.


My parents were both teachers and I was certain that I would never want to be a teacher!  I studied Science at university then worked as the Technical Manager of a theatre.  I had great fun designing scenery /  lighting / special effects and working with great teams of people putting on productions and going on tours around Europe and the UK.  I trained to become a teacher after doing "behind-the-scenes" tours for young people round the theatre - I discovered I enjoyed teaching even more than the theatre.  I still love to spend time designing, making and mending things or solving problems.  I enjoy writing the school timetable because it's like a huge jigsaw puzzle.


I'm fascinated by the natural world and passionate about looking after the environment.  I'm a particular fan of trees, bees, bats, owls and dogs... some of my favourite memories are of spending time bug-hunting and nature-watching with my wife and daughters.

Mrs Sprouting
Assistant Headteacher
Safeguarding Lead

I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in 6th form in a local secondary school, with an awesome headteacher.  I went to Keele University and studied Maths and Education Studies before completing my teacher training.  I have worked in 2 other schools and joined Summerhill in 2014.


I love spending time with friends and family, enjoying days out and meals together.  I have two children who are usually amazing, a girl who is 7 and a boy who is about to move up to Secondary school (so I know how you are all feeling at the moment). 


Outside of school I teach dance classes, enjoy films, reading a book in the sunshine and travelling to new countries.


I love working at Summerhill and the fantastic atmosphere it has.  Everyone, teachers and students are so friendly, that you walk in and feel at home. 


My advice to Year 6 would be to take a deep breath, walk in and start making memories, they really are the best years!

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