City Year

The City Year UK Lighthouse Team has been partnered with Stretford High School since September 2015. It is made up of 7 members – one IO, and 6 Corps Members, each of whom currently mentor 8 students.  The Lighthouse Team run breakfast club to improve attendance and punctuality, after school clubs to help make school an enjoyable place, and assist staff and pupils inside the classroom, delivering one-to-one and whole-class support.  In addition they monitor the progress and wellbeing of their focus-list pupils on a daily basis, liaise with staff and parents, complete weekly monitoring forms for each of their focus list students, do 3 duties per day, accompany staff & students on trips, attend isolation & detention with their focus list and help out at Student Council.  The team also coordinated a Christmas charity drive to help the homeless & ran a team-building trip for focus list students to Challenge 4 Change.  More recently we have delivered assemblies on drugs awareness & have put a lot of effort into developing our Home Learning Club.  

City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools.  From Monday to Thursday, City Year UK’s volunteers are in schools; they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, while developing their own skills. On Fridays they meet to share experiences and benefit from structured training, delivered by experts from across the education, business and voluntary sectors.  City Year was first established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 and operates in 27 cities across America, as well as Johannesburg in South Africa. City Year UK launched in London in 2010 and has since expanded to Birmingham and Greater Manchester.  To find out more about us please visit our website –

Meet the Team

Miss Tinker serves as the Impact Officer for the Lighthouse Team. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with a degree in History, and went on to do a PGCE in Secondary History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She taught History in two different Secondary Schools for six years, teaching across the age range from 11-18 years.   Miss Tinker moved to City Year as she is passionate about giving young people the best start in life.  She is delighted to have been placed in Stretford High School for the second year running & looks forward to another great year.

 Miss Knott works primarily with Year 10 students.  Before joining City Year she studied at the University of York and gained a degree in Sociology.  Her passions lie with sports and music. The sport that she is most passionate about is football as she has played and supported it her whole life.  Miss Knott aspires to be an educator and promoter of societal equality.

Mr Lee works primarily with Year 7 students.  Prior to joining City Year he studied History at the University of Manchester where he was also an avid member of the Manchester Debating Union. He joined City Year because he wanted to do more fulfilling work, and  to give something back to his favourite city.  Mr Lee hopes to forge a career in education but is also an aspiring author.

Miss Mason is our Year 11 mentor, currently on a placement year from Coventry University where she is studying Applied Community and Social Studies.  She has always had a passion for working with and supporting young people and has undertaken numerous youth work roles.  She also has a keen interest in sports, particularly netball, which she has been playing competitively for 9 years.

Mr Oyelami (better known as Mr O!) is our second mentor in Year 10. Born in Nigeria, he is currently on a gap year after completing his A-Levels.  In the future he hopes to attend University to read Medicine.  Mr O joined City Year as he believes that a good education is the best foundation for success.  He enjoys anything arty, playing games, reading, watching Japanese animation and loves to laugh.

Miss Rudge works with Year 8 students.   Before joining City Year she graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc Childhood Studies degree.  She is passionate about supporting children & since the age of 13 has worked with various voluntary organisations and companies that hold similar ethics to City Year. Miss Rudge is passionate about singing & theatre.  She hopes to go on to work in the third sector.

Miss Ryan works with Year 9 students.  Prior to City Year she attended King’s College London and studied Religion, Philosophy and Ethics with Spanish modules. She joined City Year as she is committed to improving educational standards.  In the future she hopes to further this work by embarking on a teaching career, and ultimately attempting to shape educational research and policy.








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