Teenager recognised for turning her life around

Sarah Klauber, second from right, with Brian Cox, Samantha Bond and Paul Riseborough PNL-160318-152619001
Sarah Klauber, second from right, with Brian Cox, Samantha Bond and Paul Riseborough PNL-160318-152619001

A Hemel teenager has been named runner-up in the Novae Educational Achiever of the Year category at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.

The awards recognise young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness, depression and unemployment.

Sarah Klauber, aged 16, joined The Prince of Wales and 2,000 guests, including celebrities, at a red carpet ceremony hosted by Ant and Dec at London’s Palladium.

Sarah was nominated for the Novae Educational Achiever of the year award, which recognises young people who have overcome significant personal barriers to develop new skills which enabled them to re-engage with education.

Sarah experienced a turbulent home life after her parents separated. At the age of 11, things came crashing down when Sarah’s mum passed away.

Sarah and her sister were taken in by her dad, but the family struggled to adapt.

Sarah’s stress and depression increased, and she began to suffer from alopecia.She was bullied at school, became confrontational with staff, and her attendance dropped.

At the age of 13, Sarah’s life began to turn around, thanks to The Prince’s Trust xl programme.

Sarah sat all of her exams in the summer of 2015 and has since started an apprenticeship. She plans to pursue a career in administration and continue with her education.

Sarah said: “I’ve made everyone proud by getting here today and I know my mum will be looking down on me. I think this experience is one of the best things to have happened in my life.”