Star pupils to help the next gen­er­a­tion

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TWO of the town’s star pupils have re­turned to the bor­ough to help in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents.

Ex-Breeze Hill pupil Mu­nira Mirza, who is now London’s deputy mayor for cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion, and for­mer Failsworth pupil Sam Jones, now man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Tu­nafish Me­dia, are just two of the town’s suc­cess sto­ries.

They have been re­cruited to join the new Old­ham Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Com­mis­sion (OESC) to raise the as­pi­ra­tions of young­sters.

For­mer Old­ham Sixth Form stu­dent, Mu­nira, 36, who ad­vises Boris John­son in the cap­i­tal, said: “Old­ham has a spe­cial place in my heart and this is such a vi­tal project that I sim­ply couldn’t refuse the invitation.

Sam, who also at­tended Old­ham Sixth Form and set up his multi-award win­ning me­dia pro­duc­tion and con­tent mar­ket­ing agency on leav­ing Sal­ford Univer­sity, added: “There are some big chal­lenges ahead and it’s an hon­our to be asked to help try and solve them.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy but the prize – help­ing young peo­ple to achieve their full po­ten­tial – is re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

The com­mis­sion, chaired by for­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary, Estelle Mor­ris, re­cently met for the first time.

Coun­cil leader Jim McMa­hon said: “As another gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents re­turn to their desks, the OESC is also get­ting on with the vi­tal work to iden­tify ex­actly what we must do to en­sure ev­ery one of them can achieve their full po­ten­tial.”

The com­mis­sion will sub­mit its ini­tial find­ings in Jan­uary.

●● Paul and Claire Sc­holes meet pupils

●● Jim McMa­hon with Mu­nira Mirza, Estelle Mor­ris and Sam Jones

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