Sarah Cowans


Learning is a lifelong skill. I am in my fifth decade of life and still love to learn about new ideas, try new things and ask questions. I believe that the education a young person receives is instrumental in them becoming well-rounded young adults with the skills to embark on adult life and continue their learning pathway.

As an honours graduate in Biochemistry, my subject specialism is Chemistry up to A-level, as well as Lower Secondary Science. I have taught for over 25 years in both the independent and mainstream sectors. Having worked with students across a range of abilities and geographical locations, I have a wealth of experience and learning techniques to ensure that my students gain the most from their learning experience. I also teach students one-to-one online and like having the time to give detailed feedback. For the last eight years, I have taught in an independent boarding school with an excellent reputation for teaching students with additional learning needs. This has allowed me to realise how young people can not be “put into a box” when it comes to learning and that, as a teacher, I need to understand the strengths and needs of each of my students so that they can unlock their full potential.

I have held various positions during my teaching career, including Head of Year and Head of Department. During my time managing the chemistry department, we consistently achieve above the national average at A*- C at both A-level and IGCSE.

My teaching philosophy is based on forming a solid working relationship with my students. Where they feel valued, supported, and comfortable enough to engage in discussions and ask questions. Just as importantly, learning should be fun, and by being creative, I hope to instil curiosity in my students and inculcate their interest in chemistry.

Outside of teaching, I spend most of my time travelling around the UK and Europe in our campervan. My love of the great outdoors is apparent in my hobbies which include trail running, cold water swimming, hill walking and skiing.

I hope to pass on my passion for learning and interest in science as we journey together through Wolsey Hall.

Subjects: Chemistry, Science