Due to a turbulent childhood, Sarah's school attendance dropped to just 40 per cent. With support from our xl programme, she developed the confidence she desperately needed.
Sarah Klauber, 16, from Hemel Hempstead, experienced a turbulent home life after her parents separated. At the age of 11, things came crashing down when she experienced a family tragedy.
Sarah and her sister were taken in by her dad, but the family struggled to adapt to their new living situation. Sarah’s stress and depression increased, and she began to suffer from alopecia.
Sarah's school life was soon affected. She struggled at the hands of bullies and became confrontational with staff. Her attendance dropped to just 40 per cent.
At the age of 13, Sarah participated in taster sessions with The Prince’s Trust xl programme, two times a week. Her attendance at school rose to 90 per cent and led to her being offered the chance to spend year 11 at Dacorum Educational Support Centre, where she could participate in the xl programme full-time.
After achievement qualifications through the xl programme, Sarah sat all of her exams in the summer of 2015 and has since started an apprenticeship. Her plans are to pursue a career in administration and continue with her education.
“I feel positive now as I have more stability, I know what’s going on in my life and how to manage everything effectively. In my last job I completed an apprenticeship in business and administration, and I have just moved on to a new company where I'm now working as a Technical Administrator.