City Year

A ‘City Year’ At PLS

This year we are delighted to begin a partnership with the youth social action charity ‘City Year’. At PLS, we have been seconded 5 brilliant young people whom are either recent graduates or on a gap year from college/university, who will act as role models, mentors and tutors to our students. Each ‘Volunteer Mentor’ has a range of whole school duties, running a range of clubs and activities, as well as supporting Year 11 in the independent study room. In addition to this, each year group has one Volunteer Mentor seconded to it, in order to assist and run academic interventions. The City Year team have already proved themselves to be a vital part of the team at PLS, and we welcome them and hope they enjoy their time here.

sarah smith


Year 7 – Miss Smith

Ms Smith is from South London, although she grew up in Surrey.  She studied English Literature, History and Fine Art for her A Levels. She went on to study for a foundation diploma in Art and Design, before going on to read Politics at Newcastle University.  In the future, Ms Smith would like to carry on working within the education system, promoting the teaching of mindfulness and mental health in primary and secondary schools. Ms Smith enjoys running, art and teaching English as a foreign language.

George Dong


Year 8 – Mr Dong

Mr Dong grew up in Northern China, but moved to London. He completed 4 A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Next year, he will be going to University to read Civil Engineering, which is his career aim upon graduating. In his spare time, Mr Dong enjoys classical music, playing badminton, ice skating and solving maths and science puzzles. Mr Dong is interested in giving advice to anyone wanting to know more about his areas of interest, career choices or college applications.

Aaminah Bashir


Year 10 – Miss Bashir

Miss Bashir comes from East London, where she also went to school. She completed A Levels in Geography, Economics and Psychology, and hopes to go on and study Psychology at university after her year at PLS. Miss Bashir is really looking forward to working with students at PLS, and helping them improve core skills, such as attendance and punctuality, as well as helping them to make progress in their studies. Miss Bashir enjoys reading, staying fit and active and watching Marvel movies. In the future, Miss Bashir hopes to build a career in educational psychology.


Elizabeth Bada

Year 11 – Miss Bada

Miss Bada is from Lambeth, currently lives in Lewisham and is of Nigerian descent! Miss Bada studied Sociology, English Literature and Religious Studies at A Level, and is currently on a gap year from Coventry University, where she is reading Sociology and Criminology. Miss Bada became involved in the City Year programme because she wanted to help students maximise their potential in the community in which she lives, and help inspire students in the same as she was inspired at school. Outside of work, Miss Bada enjoys cooking, writing and going to the gym. She also has been involved the performing arts. In the future, Miss Bada would like to build a career in Criminology, Human Resources or Intelligence.


Posted on 17th October 2017