Sarah Richards

What led you to teaching?
I have always loved working with children. From a young age I was one of those children who would take the younger children under my wing and look after them. In later life during my degree in Childhood, Education and Culture I was fascinated by the psychology of child development. I had the opportunity to gain experience in different school settings and loved working with children from every type of background. No day was the same and every day I had a ‘glimmer’ moment with a child who was understanding something for the first time. It brought me a lot of joy and satisfaction and that is why I decided to teach.

What inspires you and what you do?
It is a great honour and privilege to create an environment for a child that enables them to be inquisitive, be brave and think outside of the box. I love taking a child’s idea and turning it into a reality with them, learning together as we go. The children are what inspire me. They have much better ideas than me!

What do you love most about Skippers?
Skippers has such a warm and friendly feel. Having looked around the school for my own children I knew they would be in safe hands and would be supported in their learning journey in whatever direction it takes them. The staff go out of their way to care for and nurture each individual child. Every success is celebrated however big or small. The grounds are beautiful and the children are encouraged to explore and play in them as often as possible. It really is a special place.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy exploring beautiful Sussex with my Husband and two children. We are also very busy renovating a house and garden at the moment. My two children enjoy joining with a bit of DIY and painting too!
When I’m not running around after my two children I love running in the Ashdown Forest, singing, dancing and painting.