Middle Leader, Bridgetown Primary School, Warwickshire

“Sue has been my coach for the last 3 years and I feel so grateful for the sessions I have had with her. Sue is an expert coach, giving me valued time to talk about a personal challenge. Her kind and gentle manner supports me to be reflective about the quality of my teaching and my leadership role. I would recommend coaching to anyone, it is a truly empowering.

Thank you Sue, I have so valued your time and expertise.”

Helen Green
Headteacher, Keston Primary School, Croydon

“Sue provides a really safe, confidential space for me to work on the issues I bring to coaching. This is so important for me as a school leader. She listens with great care and empathy. Crucially, she believes in me to find the answers I need. Sue is very skilled at asking questions which help me to have insights I wouldn’t have expected, which have been incredibly valuable to me in my role.”

Jill Sach
Deputy Headteacher, Cheshire

“I have been on the coaching journey with Sue since 2020, and have found the whole process hugely impactful on my confidence and awareness as a senior leader. Sue is a wonderful coach, who has provided me with the time and space to reflect on many situations. Through her active listening and expert questioning, I have had many ‘lightbulb’ moments which have shifted my thinking, opened up new perspectives and made a lasting impact on who I am, personally and professionally. I always look forward to our sessions as afterwards I feel refreshed and focused on my next steps. I truly believe that coaching has been the most impactful professional development of my career and would highly recommend it to anyone in education. “

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Jane Tailby
Headteacher, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“Sue’s team coaching has been an incredibly positive experience for our Senior and Middle Leadership teams at Bridgetown.

Working with Sue has helped us reach a depth of communication together which is undoubtedly having a significant impact throughout the school.

Sue’s empathetic and courageous approach supports us to be visionary, brave and appreciative of each other’s skills and talents within the team.

We feel we are tapping into the potential of the team as we work under Sue’s expertise in both educational leadership and coaching, and are excited and proud of what we are achieving together.
I cannot recommend Sue highly enough as a Team Coach. “

Clare Erasmus
Clare Erasmus
Senior Teacher, Hampshire

“I had the passion and the drive but I was losing focus until one day I met Sue and she asked me what were my values? This was the game changer.

Sue was introduced to me as a coach through the WomenEd network. We met many times in person or virtually; she has a knack of asking the right question after listening. She has a passion for coaching in education and helping people to grow and thrive. Sue will hold the space with you and will coach you into finding your inner strengths and qualities.

As an educator of 21 years I highly recommend Sue and her workshops and coaching sessions in delivering positive change which has values led impact.”

Ciara Dumpleton
Head of School, Bedfordshire

“When my head teacher first mentioned the idea of coaching, it is fair to say I was not exactly enthralled at the idea of talking to a stranger about my thoughts and feelings. However, after my first session with Sue, I really appreciated the time dedicated solely for me and have the opportunity to focus on myself and my needs.

As a single mum and a Head of School there are not many times ring fenced for my own wellbeing. My hour sessions with Sue have been supportive and very beneficial enabling me to be a better mum and school leader. The plentiful chocolate that Sue provides is also an added bonus!”

Kate Smith
Kate Smith
Network Project Leader, HeadsUp4HTs, Oxfordshire

“Sue has been my coach since 2017, when I was in my 9th year as a teacher. We developed a fantastic professional relationship and Sue gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and apply for a Deputy Headship which I secured and negotiated to work part time. Sue has coached me through many leadership challenges over the last few years and has been consistently compassionate and supportive, empowering me to make brave decisions which have ultimately enhanced my career and supported me in becoming a highly ethical and values based headteacher.

I would highly recommend Sue especially if you need coaching packages for teachers or leaders or want to develop a more ethical and values centred culture in your school.”

Kerry Young
Kerry Young
Head of School, Bedfordshire

“I have been involved in coaching with Sue since the beginning of this academic year. I am lucky enough to have an Executive Headteacher who felt that this would be a worthwhile experience and who committed to it.

I have had challenges with my emotional wellbeing more recently and the opportunity to take an hour out of my busy life to focus on me was more rewarding than I imagined. It provided a safe space and designated time to focus on my wellbeing, leadership and future. I had the opportunity to take the discussions in my own line of enquiry and pick topics to discuss. Sue poses questions to help you to reflect on your own self, leadership and certain situations you may find yourself in; she isn’t there to advise but rather help you to find your own way through challenges.

The experience so far has been hugely rewarding giving me things to consider in challenging situations, allowing me to be a more reflective practitioner and helping me to support my own staff in a similar way. I would hugely recommend this experience to anyone in leadership, it has definitely made me a better leader and have a more balanced life, giving me the tools to cope with challenges.”

Darrell Butler
Darrell Butler
Principal, London Borough of Hillingdon

“Sue has coached our leaders, our mid and early career teachers, and our leadership team since we opened as a new school in 2015.

By investing in coaching, the school is valuing not only the professional development of our staff, but also their morale, wellbeing and personal development as well. Ultimately, this leads to a happy staff and high rates of retention.

I know that whatever my staff take to coaching, Sue will work kindly and supportively with them, and also provide challenge so that they have new insights about themselves and/or the situation they are in at the time.

In coaching the Leadership Team, Sue holds a space for us to work in. Sometimes conversations and ways of working can get difficult and that’s normal to team working. Having Sue to partner with us and to reflect aspects of ourselves as the parts that make more than the sum of the whole is incredibly beneficial and moves us forward much more rapidly than we would otherwise do for ourselves.”

Gemma Clarkson
Teacher and Phase Leader

“Sue is a fantastic wellbeing coach!

I have worked with Sue over the last couple of years and feel so much better in terms of my physical and mental health. I am no longer overwhelmed, I can control my anxiety and I feel so much more confident in general. I know I am much better at my job!

Sue is gentle, kind and passionate in her support. As a coach, she helps you discover what can really work for you. I guess everyone is individual and different, but for me, I needed a change in mindset and that’s where the coaching was invaluable. I learned loads about me which will help me for life. I think we all have an idea of how we can live healthier lives, but Sue helps you overcome the barriers – or excuses – and really helps you to set goals you can work to and find strategies to keep going.

I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved and so grateful to Sue for her expertise and support.”

Rebecca Roebuck
Deputy Headteacher, London Borough of Hillingdon

“Sue is an expert at working with children to help them feel more in control of their emotions and to work towards stronger self-regulation and self-leadership.

She helps them find individual and effective strategies to increase their feelings of confidence and wellbeing – and decrease their anxieties, worries, lack of confidence, sometimes anger. She shows them how to build better relationships and friendships with other children. She helps them to be happier!

Sue is passionate about working with schools to identify pupils on the brink of a crisis – and helping to prevent the damage which would otherwise cause hurt to children and their families.”