APPEAL: Kettering school’s search for past students to inspire future generations

Pupils at Southfield School in 1992
Pupils at Southfield School in 1992

A Kettering school is appealing for former students who can inspire the current generation to be successful in the classroom and beyond.

Southfield School in Lewis Road, Kettering, is one of 400 state schools and colleges across Britain working with the education charity Future First to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support current students through ‘old school tie’ networks.

This picture at Southfield School was taken in 1999

This picture at Southfield School was taken in 1999

The school wants to contact former students in established careers and recent leavers in further education, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away.

As part of the appeal, it has released these pictures taken of students at Southfield School in 1992 and 1999.

Future First’s aim is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.

More than 180,000 former students nationwide have already signed up to stay connected with their old school.

It is hoped they can help motivate young people as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers.

Maths teacher at Southfield School Carol Little said: “We’re very excited to work with Future First.

“At Southfield School we are proud of all our former students, and we’re very lucky to have several that have chosen to come back and are currently employed by the school.

“We have also been fortunate to have others visit in order to engage and share their experiences with our current pupils.

“We’re looking forward to hearing from many more as we believe everybody has a story to tell.”

Christine Gilbert, executive chairman of Future First and a former Ofsted chief inspector, said: “Every state school student should have the opportunity to succeed in life after school, regardless of their background.

“If students see ‘people like me’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too.

“They work harder and have higher expectations of success.

“We want more schools to see the benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource.”

Any former students who would like to get in touch can contact Helen Page by emailing HPage@southfieldsch.co.uk.

Former students can also register with Future First by clicking the ‘For former students’ link on the website at www.futurefirst.org.uk.