Hi Sarah! What can learners expect if they come to study in your department?
A warm welcome from all staff and the right support to achieve their aspirations for adulthood.
tell us a little bit about yourself...
I was born and raised in South East London before moving to Shrewsbury part way through my secondary school years.
I have worked in special education for 11 years, but prior to this I was doing something very different – I worked as ground crew staff for Global Radio in Manchester. This involved marketing and setting up events, gigs, working with DJs and interviewing the public!
I am very passionate about providing high quality specialist education for our most vulnerable students, so when The Willow Tree Centre was announced to be built as a new facility for these students, I knew I had to apply for the Deputy Head position. I’ve never looked back!
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Every student deserves an excellent role model who will never give up on them – our wonderful students are my inspiration to always improve what we do and how we support them, to enable them to fulfil their dreams.
How do you and your team get the best out of students?
Listen, understand and encourage.
Tell us about specific parts of the courses which are particularly popular with current students, and why.
Work experience and volunteering opportunities give our students a flavour of independence and preparation for adulthood.
List a few of the main career progression opportunities.
Paid or voluntary work within local community businesses willing to support students with SEND.
what do you do in your spare time?
Read fictional thrillers and personal growth books or walking in nature. Most people wouldn’t know I have trained as a black belt in karate for many years and used to compete internationally for England.
Developing The Willow Tree Centre provision from just a floor plan sketch to present day.
MY CAREER HIGHLIGHT…
A mattress, “How to survive on a desert island” book & a boat with GPS to get me home.
THREE THINGS I’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND