Penny Smith, Head Teacher, Whitmore Primary School, London

“Year after year, City Year London volunteers make an invaluable contribution, with their energy, drive and commitment felt across the entire school. They start the day with the children in breakfast club, followed by fun exercises in the playground to get them ‘fired up’ and ready to learn. Once the school day starts, the volunteers can be found supporting children in class, running games at playtime, developing sports and tutoring children. They act as a brilliant bridge between teachers and children, as children respond well to their unique role as mentors.”