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Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing.

SGS Stroud

Staff Biographies

Sarah Jordan

How long have you worked at SGS?
I have worked at SGS Stroud for over four years now.

What do you teach/specialise in?
I teach make up artistry levels 2, 3 and 4, this includes all areas of the subject specialism such as fashion make-up, casualty effects, mendhi,  body art, camouflage, airbrush and prosthetics.

I am well trained in all areas of make-up artistry and hold a B.A. (hons) in Specialist Make Up as well as numerous qualifications from other prestigious institutions such as Greasepaint and Neil Gorton's Prosthetics Studios.

What is the best thing about your job?
The students, it is the best feeling to share something I love so much with a student and then watching them fall in love with it just as I did years ago.

Where did you work previously/doing what?
Before starting my job at SGS Stroud I was working freelance as a make-up artist in London and Birmingham, I came back to Stroud to teach and be close to my family.  

Is there anything else you would like to include? 
Students at SGS Stroud work extremely hard to ensure their portfolio of work is among the best. We are always taking part in local productions to enable students to gain experience while on the course. We also enter and win major international competitions such as World Skills!

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Rachael Garside

How long have you worked at SGS?
I am now in my fifth year at SGS College, Stroud Campus.

What do you teach/specialise in?
I specialise in advanced hairdressing and am level 3 course leader.

What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is still being passionate about my craft and delivering my 28 years of experience to learners.

Where did you work previously/doing what?
I previously taught at RFDC (now Gloscol).  I have worked in four salons and a barbers over my 28 years of hairdressing and I also ran my own business.


Laura Hicks

How long have you worked at SGS?
I have been working at SGS Stroud for the past six years now.

What do you teach/specialise in?
I teach beauty therapy.

What is the best thing about your job?
I love seeing the students succeed and be successful in the industry

Where did you work previously/doing what?
I worked in salons and spas for about 6 years then I ran my own mobile beauty business. After this I went into teaching.


Sarah Greenman

My Name is Sarah Greenman, I am originally from Cinderford and have lived in the area all of my life.

I was a previous student at Heywood School now named Forest Academy. I left in 2003 with 14 GCSE's with the intention of following my life long career ambition of becoming a Hairdresser. As well as working in a salon in Drybrook every Saturday I attended College where I completed my Level 2 and 3 Hairdressing qualification.

I continued to work in the salon and focused on Bridal hair for Weddings as my passion was 'hair up'. I came across a job advertisement for a Trainee College Lecturer in the Stroud Area and questioned if I had the ability or skills to apply. I took the challenge and I have spent the last 6 years being fully supported by the SGS College Hair and Beauty Department.

I have not only been given the opportunity to work as a team, but also to complete my Teacher Training degree alongside a teaching and learning environment. I truly love my job and feel I would not of achieved a grade one teacher status if it wasn't for the supportive and friendly staff and management here at College. Literacy and Numeracy is a large focus related to my job role which I have continued to develop over time, becoming aware that these skills are imperative throughout my adult life in both personal and professional development; not just for passing exams. It is vital to understand the importance and impact of the learning process starting at school to ensure you are focused on the career opportunities available to you. You must never underestimate your ability and your determination to strive and become part of a industry you love and continue to develop yourself through life long learning.