Samantha Benson


Samantha took up the position of PaJeS Director of Leadership Programmes in January 2022, but has been with PaJeS [formerly JCP] since 2009, initially as Modern Hebrew lead, and then Director of Education.

As Director of Leadership Programmes, Samantha has established a unique delivery partnership with the Ambition Institute and is excited that 65 teachers and school leaders from Jewish schools are undertaking National Professional Qualifications as part of PaJeS’ cohorts. With a strong additional focus on leading through a Jewish lens, this initiative aims to develop and nurture a pipeline of future Jewish school leaders.

Originally from Glasgow, Samantha holds a BA Honours degree in French and Spanish. She spent 10 years in Israel, where she worked as a Hebrew to English translator and gained a post-graduate senior teaching qualification in English as a second language. Before moving to PaJeS, Samantha taught at Wolfson Hillel Primary school for 10 years and held positions as a French teacher, SEN teacher, and MFL coordinator.