A Corby secondary school is seeking former students who can inspire and motivate the current generation to academic success and career confidence.
Lodge Park Academy in Shetland Way is one of nearly 400 state schools across Britain which have registered with the education charity, Future First, to set up networks of former students or alumni whose talents they can harness to support today’s students.
Future First’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.
More than 100,000 already signed-up
More than 100,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re inspiring young people in a number of ways - as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers.
The school is keen to contact former students who left recently for further education as well as those in established careers, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away.
“More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do,” said Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First. “If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community and has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them to see what’s possible for them too.
“It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from relatable people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.”
Sophie Lindsey, a former student who studied at De Montfort University and now works for Jeakins Weir as their Assistant Business Development Manager, recently visited the school to talk to the Year 10 students about her role in the company.
Raising aspirations of students
“Raising aspirations of students is important and when our own students come and do that for us it raises the profile of their own education markedly,” said Anne Franklin, Assistant Principal at Lodge Park Academy.
Anne is waiting to hear from former students. They can sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme via the website www.futurefirst.org.uk and by clicking on the ‘Former Students’ link.
Schools wishing to register with Future First should click the ‘Schools and Colleges staff’ link.
For further information about Future First, visit www.futurefirst.org.uk , contact their Press Officer, Sue Crabtree, on firstname.lastname@example.org, their Director of Operations, Melanie Robinson, on email@example.com or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.
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