10 Years of Pupils

4.5 million children are growing up in poverty in the UK today – trapped not just by a lack of money, but also a lack of support, a lack of opportunity, a lack of self belief. That poverty has long-lasting effects. By GCSE, pupils receiving free school meals are 18.4 months behind their wealthier peers in terms of educational development. They also struggle without opportunities for social and emotional development, support from reliable role models and knowledge of different career paths.

Our society is failing them – and this is where City Year aims to make a difference. Our volunteer mentors have supported 59,097 pupils through 1:1 mentoring, classroom support and enrichment activities. Find out what our partner schools and pupils supported by City Year mentors have to say about our programme:

Our Partner Schools

“Sebright Primary School have recognised the importance of young adults being role models for our pupils. This is why we have partnered with City Year UK since the start and will continue to do so. We applaud the City Year volunteers for giving a year of their time to support our pupils.”

James Green, Deputy Head, Sebright Primary School, London

“Five years down the line we have our fifth City Year team in place and we couldn’t be happier with how it has panned out. The impact on literally hundreds of our pupils has been massive – whether that be in their attendance, behaviour, academic progress or general outlook. The case studies and real life examples of improvement are there for all to see. I would heartily recommend City Year to any other secondary school. You will be presented with a team of keen, young and eager to learn people who want to make a difference.”

Andy Oliver, Deputy Headteacher, Holte School, West Midlands

“Our City Year team have been an amazing addition to our whole staff team. Their enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism is outstanding and their impact far reaching. A fantastic group of young people.”

Kate Bulman, Headteacher, Baguley Hall Primary School, Greater Manchester

Our Pupils

“City Years help my learning and my behaviour. My favourite thing is they’re kind when you need them and are always there.” Year 4 Pupil

“My favourite thing about City Year is that they encourage students to dream.” Year 6 Pupil

“Before you ran Breakfast Club I was always angry in the morning, but since you have been here and keep asking how I am doing, I feel better. Thank you so much for what you have been doing for me; I don’t know what I would do without you.” Year 9 Pupil