Sam White, Head Teacher, William Ellis Boys School, London

“We are now into the fourth year of our partnership with City Year UK.  Over that time the school has grown and developed and City Year has played a significant role in improving attendance, behaviour and attainment, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The volunteers make so many contributions. They are positive role models who are committed to change and really want to make a difference in school. They meet and greet pupils every morning at the school gate, they are out in the playground in all weathers running activities, they organise breakfast club, provide mentoring and offer one-to-one classroom support and they help take kids out on trips which couldn’t happen otherwise. They have helped us to make William Ellis’ transformation possible.”