A SOLIHULL state school is seeking former students who can inspire and motivate the current generation to academic success and career confidence.
Lode Heath School is one of nearly 400 state schools across Britain which has registered with the education charity ‘Future First’ to set up networks of former students whose talents they can harness to support today’s pupils.
Future First’s vision is for every state school or college to be supported by a thriving, engaged community which helps it to do more for its students.
More than 100,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school.
They are inspiring young people in a number of ways – as career and education role models, 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.
Alex Shapland-Howes, Future First’s managing director, said: “If students can see someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’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.”
Mark Wilson, headteacher at Lode Heath School, said they signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway.
“A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils’ jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work,” he added.
Visit www.futurefirst.org.uk for further information about Future First.