Who are they?
SENsational Tutors Ltd
4-10 Barttelot Road
West Sussex RH12 1DQ
Tel: 07497 139794
Email: [email protected]
Website : www.sensationaltutors.co.uk
We have met with SENsational Tutors’ staff. In addition, 37 clients and 49 tutors have completed an on-line survey (sent to 132 clients and 57 tutors) and we have followed this up with additional short phone interviews with some of those surveyed.
The Good Schools Guide review of SENsational Tutors
Unusually (to say the least), the story begins at a campsite disco in Holland when founder and director Joanna Gibbs was a child. ‘There was this boy with Down’s Syndrome that nobody wanted to dance with,’ she recalls. ‘He had this infectious smile and that was it for me.’ SEN has been her passion pretty much ever since. In many ways, she grew up with SEN – not only are there a lot of physical disabilities and mental health issues in her own family, but she remembers with evident joy watching everything from wheelchair basketball to one-armed archery while volunteering at the Rotary International disabled sports championships.
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