My name is Sarah Purnell and I am an experienced and qualified English teacher (TEFL & TESOL).   I have been teaching English as a second & foreign language and IELTS for 10 years to international students worldwide, in addition to teaching for top English Language schools in South Africa. 

My working career in senior management in the corporate sector together with my diploma in Human Resource Management & Training allows me to teach Business English with confidence.  Additionally, I specialise in teaching IELTS and PTE preparation.  The vast majority of my students obtain good results and continue on to their new lives in either another country or at an international university of their choice.

I have an informal approach to teaching and like to use humour to motive my students to do their best.

I look forward to assisting you open the door to your bright future!

Kind regards


References from Previous Employers

Sarah has become a senior teacher, in every sense of the word.  She is extremely confident, handles all unexpected situations with aplomb, and makes all students and new members of staff (teaching or otherwise) feel welcome and comfortable.  She is also a no-nonsense person, flexible, self-assured yet humble, dependable and reliable, consistent and structured yet flexible and adaptable.  She can take charge, make practical and fair decisions yet not expect fanfare and obvious kudos.

Matthew van As, Assistant Director, Cape Town School of English

Her relationship with her pupils, their parents and other staff is very good.  People trust Sarah instinctively, and when you are dealing with children who have learning problems, that trust is priceless.  Sarah is always prepared and is more than willing to go the extra mile.  Her willingness to learn and acquire new skills is also to her credit.

Shaun Sander, Manager, Kip Mc Grath, Bluff

‘Thank Yous’  From Happy Students

I just want to thank you for the great IELTS preparation lesson you gave me in December 2016. I managed to score 8.5 overall and my lowest score was 8.0.

I was hoping for a minimum score of 7.0 in all of the sections, but after doing your lesson I managed to score 8.0! This is a huge benefit to me as having a minimum score of 8.0 gives me an additional 10 points on my visa application.

Keep up the great work Sarah!

Koos Els, 20 January 2017 –IELTS Test

Hi Sarah!!! I am in tears!!! This time it is happy tears!!!!! I got my 8 for writing!!!! Everything 8 and above!!!! Thank you so much!! Thanks for your brilliant feedback on all my sessions and helping me to achieve my goal!!! I was not so happy with my flow, but I kept to the skeleton and was so nervous to look for my results!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

Anzette van Staden,  24 February 2017 –IELTS Test

Hi Sarah, I just wanted to say thank you for the help, I managed to obtain the required score yesterday.

Ryan Oberto, 14 September 2017 – PTE Test

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