Sarah has worked here at St Francis for three years, delivering a variety of workshops, activities and presentations to our students. One of her many strengths has been in the area of employability skills for our Foundation Learning groups. This was an eight week course which helped our students gain insights into the world of work. Sarah arranged training in interview skills, engaged local business owners to hold real interviews with them (four were offered jobs as a result) as well as bringing in a variety of people from a range of jobs to work with our students. We have been so impressed with Sarah during the past three years that she has worked with us, that we specifically ask for her as we have absolute confidence in her. She has built up an excellent relationship with both our students and staff. We admire her professionalism, her knowledge and her ability to engage and motivate our students. I would recommend her without hesitation as she has enriched the curriculum for our students and given great extra value to our school.
Headteacher - St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College, Aldridge
Sarah is respected by colleagues for the quality and standard of her work, her willingness to help and her commitment to developing young people. She always adopts a professional approach and has the skills to get the most out of other people. As part of her work at Walsall EBP Sarah devised and delivered activities designed to improve the employability and enterprise skills of groups of school age youngsters. She has a very pleasing personality with a good sense of humour and is able to form positive relationships with work colleagues and young people alike. I would recommend her to you as someone with a definite ‘can do’ attitude who can be trusted to work in a highly effective way. She recognises that meeting the needs of the ‘client’ is paramount and her previous experience in Human Resources helps her in many ways, particularly in matters relating to the interpretation and implementation of statutory requirements.
John Price M.Ed Manager (Jan 1995 – Jan 2011)
Walsall Education Business Partnership
I have known Sarah for several years now and have worked with and for her. She is very articulate, a good organiser, a good listener, works well as an individual, team player and team leader. As part of Sarah’s remit, she has organised events in schools and out, for a variety of educational programmes, dealing with children with problems to extremely bright, and has carried the work through with great empathy to the task. Classes have been from as small as 10 to well over 80, and she has been able to provide the presence and confidence required, as well as the one to one rapport. From my experience, her personality shines through, her willingness to learn, her confidence and enjoyment of working in education. Sarah is adaptable and willing to learn new ideas, and bring a little of herself into being, she is a joy to work with and a pleasure to know.
Mrs. Jacqueline Pountney M.B.E.