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Former student and Widening Participation tutor has returned to her childhood school as a teacher


A City alumna who worked as a maths tutor at the City of London Academy Islington (COLAI) while studying for her degree, has been given a teaching job at the school. Sarah Pryce (Psychology, 2015) worked as a Widening Participation tutor at the academy, helping the pupils there with maths.

Sarah was no stranger to the academy when she started tutoring, having attended the school herself as a child when it was known as Islington Green.

City has particularly close links with the City of London Academy Islington. Aside from being one of the sponsors of the academy, many City staff play the role of governors, helping to shape the academy’s future. As part of the Widening Participation scheme, students at City tutor children at the school in maths, and more recently, English and Business.

Working as a Widening Participation Student Ambassador is a way for students at City to develop their communication and teamwork skills, while simultaneously contributing to a fairer society by tackling barriers to Higher Education in Islington. Ambassadors work in a range of different ways, from helping on school visit days and taster weeks, or becoming a tutor at neighbouring schools like the City of London Academy Islington. The team aim to help young people gain access to, benefit from and succeed in higher education.

Acting Head of Mathematics at the Academy, Adam Francis gave positive feedback about Sarah in her role as a tutor and the help and support she provided to pupils while tutoring there.

Zohra Jeraj, Widening Participation Projects Officer said:

Sarah was a bright and enthusiastic Student Ambassador. Her ability to build a rapport with young people from Widening Participation backgrounds suggested early on in her academic career that she would be suited to teaching.

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