Supporting the wellbeing culture of our schools

Samantha Price - Benenden School

SP photoSamantha Price was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and Edinburgh University, where she read History of Art (with modules of European History). Having graduated, she joined the Tate Britain where she was responsible for marketing for Members and Patrons and became heavily involved with the Patrons of what is now the Tate Modern.

She started her teaching career in 1999 as an History of Art and History teacher at Reading Blue Coat School, where she stayed for a number of years. She then joined King’s Canterbury as a Housemistress, History and History of Art teacher. Her next post was to be Deputy Head at Hereford Cathedral School and from there she became Head of Godolphin in 2010.

Samantha is married with a daughter and a son. Her husband is an Army Chaplain.

Samantha joined Benenden as the Headmistress in January 2014 and she currently chairs the HMC Wellbeing Committee and the GSA Boarding Committee.


Bob Griffin - Exeter School

BG photoBob has been Headmaster of Exeter School since 2003. After gaining a 1st Class degree in Modern Languages at Christ Church, Oxford, he started his career at Markham College, Peru and was subsequently Head of Modern Languages at Haileybury. He served as Second Master at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford for five years. He has been Secretary and Chairman of the HMC South-West Division and sat on the HMC Membership Sub-Committee, for whom he led accreditation inspections; he is a member of the HMC Wellbeing Working Group.  Bob has been an ISI Team Inspector and an A level examiner. He assists with teacher training for the Exeter University Modern Languages PGCE course, is a Governor at Truro School and a member of the Ten Tors Policy Group.


Chris Jeffery - Bootham School

CJ photoChris Jeffery is Headmaster of Bootham School, a 3-18 Quaker boarding and day school in the centre of York.

Formerly Head of The Grange School in Hartford, Cheshire (and before that Deputy Head of The Perse School, Cambridge and Housemaster at Bristol Grammar School), he was the founding Chair of the HMC Wellbeing Working Group that has done pioneering work in getting the issues of pupil mental health and staff wellbeing towards the top of the independent school agenda.

An historian, a failed-but-persistent musician, and the supporter of some spectacularly underachieving sports teams, Chris retains a passionate belief that GCSE exams are bad for the health, and will explain this at frightening length to anyone who is foolish enough to ask him about it.

The perspectives on pupil and staff well-being, offered by three Heads who are members of the HMC Wellbeing Working Group.

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