With over six years’ experience in headship recruitment and headship coaching, along with a high-profile and successful career as a Head, Sarah brings extensive knowledge of the education sector and of all the challenges of headship. She has assisted with headship appointments for a variety of schools, including Manchester High School for Girls, Clifton High School, Windermere School, Tormead School, the Ladies’ College Guernsey and Heathfield School.
Former Principal of King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham (KEHS) and Friends’ School, Saffron Walden, as well as Acting Principal at Elmhurst School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sarah is a well-respected figure within the independent sector, not just for her headships but also for the extensive research she has conducted into school leadership. Her work in all three organisations has had a focus on growth, community engagement and management of change.
Having chaired the cross-association Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip) and its Board, Sarah now chairs the National Teacher Accreditation (NTA) panel, a body that validates teacher induction within the state sector.
She is a Governor of one independent and one state school and regularly sits on Teacher Regulation Agency panels.
In 2018, Sarah wrote an advocacy report for the Department for Education analysing the national Music and Dance Scheme. In 2019 Sarah worked on a collaborative report into Women in Business that looked at career development for women.
Sarah was awarded an OBE for her Services to Education in the 2014 Honours List.