A Corby secondary school is seeking former students to help inspire the current generation to academic success and career confidence.
Lodge Park Academy in Shetland Way is one of nearly 400 state schools across Britain to have registered with the education charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni, 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 which 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 in a number of ways as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers.
Lodge Park Academy 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.
Sophie Lindsey, a former student who studied at De Montfort University and now works for Jeakins Weir as an assistant business development manager, recently visited the school to talk to the Year 10 students about her role in the company.
Assistant principal Anne Franklin said: “Raising aspirations of students is important and when our own students come and do that for us it raises the profile of their own education markedly.”
Alex Shapland-Howes, managing director 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.”
Former students can sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme on the website and clicking on the “Former Students” link.