High school appeal for former pupils

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Former pupils of Ashington High School are being sought by present day students to be part of a project.

The school in Green Lane is one of more than 450 state schools across Britain which has registered with the charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni.

And 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.

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 would 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 can make a huge difference.”

Jenny Trapp, director of the Post-16 programme, said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway.

“A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils’ job horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

Teachers wishing to sign up another school to Future First should click the ‘Schools and Colleges’ staff link.

For further information visit www.futurefirst.org.uk