City Year Project - London

Volunteers building one of the reading huts at Sebright Primary School.

City Year was awarded a grant to build an outdoor reading hut for school children at Sebright Primary School in Hackney, east London, with support from Starbucks Youth Action. The area is intended to be a fun and safe place for children to read during break and lunch times, to help improve children’s attainment levels across the school.

  • The reading hut officially opened at the school at the start of term on 5 September 2012.
  • It took a little under two months to build and that included the ordering of materials, logistics and the construction of the hut itself by 7 City Year volunteers.
  • The reading hut is used every day during morning and afternoon breaks by approximately 20 children, 1 City Year corps member and one member of Sebright teaching staff. This equates to approximately 9 hours of use by children during each school week (Monday – Friday).
  • The hut is used for over 9 hours per week by teachers, as well as being used by SHINE, a local Saturday learning programme.

Janice Thomas, Executive Head at Sebright Primary School said "The reading hut has been such a fantastic addition to our playground and has given children in our school a dedicated and fun space for them to learn and enjoy reading. The children are really enthusiastic about the space and love spending time there with City Year corps members."