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Friday Feature: Ms S Tarrant

8th December 2023

What is your current position at King Edward's Witley and how long have you worked here?

I am Matron and Assistant House Parent in Tudor. I have worked at KESW for almost 2 years with 6 months in Wakefield as Matron.

What is your background, and where do you live now?

For more than 40 years, I worked as a Critical Care Nurse, specialising in cardiology, across the NHS and Independent Health Care and in the last 20 years, in managerial roles. I was born in West Sussex and lived in Portsmouth for a large part of my life. I spend free time in Southsea where my son and daughter live and when I crave a weekly fix of the sea.

What is your favourite thing about working at King Edward's Witley?

The friendly KESW community and being surrounded by beautiful countryside.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy walking and exploring new places and I am an avid reader. I enjoy eating out with friends and family and when the opportunity arises, I love to dance to house, trance and rave music.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to represent the UK in the Olympics as a runner and still hold records for such events at my school.

What is the funniest thing a pupil has ever said to you?

Working with teenagers is a delight and they make me laugh daily. I had a cardboard cutout of myself which my children made for my last birthday party. It was very entertaining to see their reaction to this in the house for a day or two and on my day off, I put it in my office. The children loved this and tried to interact with the cutout and took selfies.

Who is someone you have always admired and why?

The list is very long, but Emmeline Pankhurst probably tops it as the woman who changed the world with the Representation of the People Act in 1928, and started the ongoing work around achieving equality that is essential and relevant today.

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