Secretary of State for Education visits Birmingham School

The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, visited St Francis’ Catholic Primary school in Birmingham today to witness the school’s partnership with City Year UK.

img_1499City Year UK currently has seven volunteers working with St Francis’ Catholic school who work with the children through the entirety of the academic year, running before and after school activities and supporting them throughout the school day.

We have been working with St Francis’ Catholic school for the past three years and the school has seen a noticeable impact on the motivation and educational performance of pupils.

Mark Humphreys, head teacher of St Francis’ Catholic school commented: “Having the Secretary of State here to show her all the fantastic work we’re doing with City Year UK is a great privilege.

img_1479“We’ve seen first-hand the brilliant impact City Year UK has had on our pupils in terms of attainment, behaviour and general well-being. The children value and enjoy their interactions with the team, and they have become an important part of the fabric of St. Francis’ school.”

Sophie Livingstone, Chief Executive of City Year UK, commented: “St Francis’ Catholic school is a great example of how providing strong role-models for young people can have an extremely positive influence on their development.

“The impact on the City Year UK volunteers is profound as well. The young adults who take part in our programmes develop as leaders, with the passion, values, experience and skills to go on to effect real change in their own communities.”

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