Heathland School in Hounslow is calling on its former students to give current pupils advice and mentoring on the challenges they will face getting into work.
The school in Wellington Road South is one of nearly 400 state schools and colleges 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.
More than 60,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re 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’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."
Mrs Sandra Evans, Senior Deputy Head, said: “We are so proud of the achievements of our former pupils. A network of past pupils will enable us to draw on their experiences and provide new generations of pupils with invaluable insights into the world of work.”
Former students of The Heathland School can sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme by clicking on the “Former Students” link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk. Teachers wishing to sign up another school to Future First should click the schools and colleges staff link.
For further information about Future First, log onto www.futurefirst.org.uk