Help­ing hand from grad­u­ates

Swake­leys School seeks former pupils to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HILLING­DON sec­ondary school is seek­ing former stu­dents who can in­spire and mo­ti­vate the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion.

Swake­leys School for Girls and sixth form in Clifton Gar­dens is one of nearly 400 which has reg­is­tered with the ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Fu­ture First, would like to set up net­works of former stu­dents 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 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 or e-men­tors, work ex­pe­ri­ence providers, gov­er­nors, donors or fundrais­ers.

The school is keen to con­tact former stu­dents who left re­cently for fur­ther or higher ed­u­ca­tion as well as those in es­tab­lished ca­reers, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away.

Alex Sha­p­land-Howes, of Fu­ture First, said: “More than 39 per cent of state school stu­dents don’t know any­one in a job they’d like to do.

“If they see that 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.”

Andy Hull, head of Sixth Form said: “We signed up to Fu­ture First’s scheme straight­away. A net­work of past stu­dents with all their valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence will be vi­tal in help­ing us to broaden stu­dents’ hori­zons.”

Email of­fice@swake­leys. org.uk or sign up at www. fu­ture­first.org.uk and click on the ‘Former Stu­dents’ links to join the scheme.

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