Broadcasting legend goes back to the classroom

Veteran journalist Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, and a Trustee of leading City Year UK supporter The Queen’s Trust, visited Sebright Primary School in Hackney on Tuesday 17th January.

City Year UK Corps Members are volunteering in Sebright Primary School as mentors and role models for the academic year, running before and after school activities and supporting them throughout the school day. We have been working with Sebright Primary since 2010 and the school has seen a noticeable impact on the motivation and educational performance of pupils.

Janice Thomas, Executive Headteacher of Sebright School said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Sir Trevor to Sebright and show him how we encourage our pupils here. We’ve worked with City Year UK since its launch in the UK and their volunteers have made a huge difference in our school.”

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Following the visit, Sir Trevor and our Chief Executive, Sophie Livingstone took to the Good Morning Britain sofa the next day to highlight the importance of taking a domestic gap year and the huge impact of a full-time voluntary year of service can make to the local community.


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He said: “I have enjoyed spending the morning with the pupils at Sebright and seeing first-hand the exceptional impact and vital contribution the City Year UK volunteers make to the school community.

“The Queen’s Trust has long supported City Year UK because its work fits perfectly with our goal of young people helping others. We are delighted to help expand their work in order that more schools and more children can be supported.”


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