Hi sarah! What can learners expect if they come to study in your department?
Hard work for starters. We have high standards and will stretch and challenge you academically and personally. We cover a range of topics and use a variety of methods. You must be able to work with and like people. We will give you all the tools you need to become a health/early years practitioner or educator. Placement is an integral part of all of our courses so you must be prepared to write assignments and demonstrate skills ‘on the job’. We do try to have fun alongside learning, offering educational trips, guest speakers and enrichment opportunities including fundraising and community participation.
tell us a little bit about yourself...
I was born in Cardiff and grew up in Barry, South Wales now famous for Gavin and Stacey. I went to Catholic schools, St Helen’s RC Infant and Primary then on to St Richard Gwyn RC High School. I was fortunate to spend my summers mostly at the seaside although I hate the water. I grew up in a house consisting of my mum, Jane, and older sister, Nichola, and my two cats Tim and Tessa.
I have always had a passion for learning. I was a good but lazy student and I really enjoyed languages, music and maths. Hated geography, history and physics. I was also quite sporty and competed for Barry Harriers competing in the 100m, 200m and long jump. I competed for my High School in the hockey, netball and athletics team. I have always been uber competitive and it is a blessing and a curse! I love to win/be the best and it’s a huge driver for me even now.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
No one day is the same. For me it’s about the journey of our students. Seeing them succeed and having the staff recognised for the work they do to help them on that journey is what makes it. I am very much learning as I go having only just come into the role but I am loving the challenge.
How do you and your team get the best out of students?
I feel me and my team of staff get the best out of our students because we care about the individual and their journey. We help students achieve and move towards the next stage of their lives, whether it be an apprenticeship, employment or university, and are part of their history. That for me is magical.
My staff go over and above to offer help and support on an academic and pastoral level and I think that attention to detail and the humanistic approach we take is what sets us above the rest as a staff team.
Tell us about specific parts of the courses which are particularly popular with current students, and why.
Difficult question as every student is different and this is often very subjective. I would say the relationships built within the students and staff team. I feel collectively we are a ‘family’.
List a few of the main career progression opportunities.
Tonnes; teaching, teaching assistants, early years practitioners, nurses, midwifery, paramedics, social work, counsellors, carers, support workers. Literally hundreds of opportunities.
what do you do in your spare time?
I don’t get to go out much as I spend my spare time with my two children, cat and dog, but I guess I am a fan of musical theatre and music in general – I love going to concerts and seeing artists live. I also enjoy live comedy! At home, simple things like music and watching TV. I like a good box set and reading a good book! Nothing too literary though. I like romantic fiction. I also enjoy baking and walking my dog, a chocolate Labrador called Baxter! And coming from South Wales, I naturally have a huge love of Welsh rugby.
Sarah Cadenne de Lannoy
I grew up in Barry, South Wales, now famous for Gavin and Stacey!
MY CLAIM TO FAME
Chocolate, Coca Cola and my phone!
THREE THINGS I’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND
Tonnes, including teachers, teaching assistants, midwives, nurses, social workers, paramedics and many more
STUDENT PROGRESSION ROUTES
I’d be a solicitor/barrister or a West End performer!
IF I WEREN’T A TUTOR