School to har­ness tal­ents of ex-stu­dents in bid to mo­ti­vate

Vyn­ers joins Fu­ture First scheme in an at­tempt to boost pupils’ con­fi­dence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN Ick­en­ham se­condary school is seek­ing for­mer stu­dents who can in­spire and mo­ti­vate the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion to aca­demic suc­cess and ca­reer con­fi­dence.

Vyn­ers School in War­ren Road is one of 400 state schools across Bri­tain work­ing with the ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Fu­ture First to har­ness the tal­ents and ex­pe­ri­ence of alumni to sup­port to­day’s stu­dents through ‘old school tie’ net­works.

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

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 150,000 for­mer stu­dents across Bri­tain have al­ready signed up to stay con­nected with their old school.

They are in­spir­ing young peo­ple as ca­reer and ed­u­ca­tion role mod­els, men­tors, work ex­pe­ri­ence providers, gov­er­nors, donors and fundrais­ers.

Vyn­ers head teacher James Heale said: “We have been work­ing hard to es­tab­lish bet­ter links with our alumni in re­cent years with vari­able suc­cess. We signed up to Fu­ture First af­ter see­ing the ben­e­fits of their work in other schools and we have al­ready been im­pressed.

“Help­ing our cur­rent stu­dents con­nect with past stu­dents will broaden their pro­fes­sional net­works and open their eyes to the var­ied job mar­ket. We look for­ward to reestab­lish­ing links with our alumni and wel­com­ing them back to their school.”

“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 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.”

As­sis­tant head teacher Harshin­der Malhi is now wait­ing to hear from for­mer stu­dents on hmalhi@vyn­ers. hilling­don.sch.uk.

For­mer stu­dents can also sign up to Fu­ture First’s alumni scheme via the web­site www. fu­ture­first.org.uk and click­ing the ‘for­mer stu­dents’ link.

Schools wish­ing to reg­is­ter with Fu­ture First should click the ‘ schools and col­leges staff ’ link.

n NET­WORK­ING: Vyn­ers School in Ick­en­ham

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