Did you go to Warden Park? If you are a former pupil who would like to support current students, the school would love to hear from you!
Right now, there are students in the assembly hall where you once sat, facing similar challenges and opportunities to those you did. Being connected to you could really help them.
Converted in 2011 to Academy status, the school in Broad Street, Cuckfield, is one of more than 500 state schools across Britain which have registered with the charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni.
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.
Former Warden Park student Howard Collins, now Grants and Fundraising Manager at the school, said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straight away. A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience, contacts and life skills will be vital in helping us broaden our current pupils’ horizons and equip them for the world of further education and work.
“There are many ways in which our former pupils can help Warden Park, and we look forward to welcoming them back to school!”
Howard manages the Future First programme at the school, and is waiting to hear from you on firstname.lastname@example.org.Former students can also sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme by clicking on the ‘Former Students’ link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/wardenpark .
Teachers wishing to sign up another school to Future First should click the “Schools and Colleges staff” link.
More than 50,000 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, Young Enterprise advisors, governors, donors or fundraisers.
It doesn’t matter when you left school, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help!
“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, 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.”
For further information about Future First, log onto www.futurefirst.org.uk . Alternatively contact our Press and Publicity Officer Sue Crabtree on email@example.com, our Programme Director, Megan Clatworthy on firstname.lastname@example.org or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.
Report contributed by Warden Park.