Meet the team

Olly Connolly – Work Placements Manager

I am passionate about what we do in the WorkStart team, my enjoyment comes from seeing the huge progress students make on the course.

Work can be a journey of different experiences, I’ve pushed trolleys for a supermarket, packed radars in boxes for a warehouse and even acted in murder mystery tours! I enjoy cycling and I regularly enter a local hill climbing competition, in the ‘fat dads’ category.

Denise Barrett – Job Coach

I pride myself on supporting my students as individuals and focus on what they can achieve. I have built excellent relationships with external partners, students and their families, which all combined leads to positive and progressive outcomes.

Amanda Palmer – Senior Teaching Aide

I work as part of a brilliant team to ensure the best outcomes for the students. I encourage students and give them lots of praise. I find that I often connect through humour and my love of food with many of the students.

Fun fact about me – I did the martial art Kendo for 2 years. I have a passion for military history, visiting art galleries and good food.

Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
Ofsted Report

Latest Blogs

Melissa’s round up

Assistant Principal, Melissa, is looking back at the progress WorkStart students have made this term: “It has been a great first term for the WorkStart students. We have secured a training room in the heart of Sutton which has given the …

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Cooking on gas!

One of last year’s Into Work students has been in touch to let us know his fantastic news. During his time on the course Michael worked in the Reprographics Department at Guy’s Hospital. While working there he made such a positive impression on …

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Green fingers in the Hillingdon community

Our WorkStart students have been settling in to their courses, securing work placements and making excellent progress on their accreditations. One student, Jack, has his sights set on a career in gardening and he’s already on the path to success! …

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‘Finally achieving success’

Starting a new course or programme can be a daunting experience, but the WorkStart team is here to support you through initial concerns and get you on the path to securing training and career opportunities. One student wrote about her experience: …

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