Did you go to Worthing High School? If you’re a former student 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 that you did. Being connected to you could really help them.
The school in South Farm Road is one of 350 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 80,000 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.
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.
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.”
Worthing High Headteacher Carolyn Dickinson said: “Building a strong alumni is very important to our school. We value the opportunities ex-students can bring to our students through sharing their experiences having left Worthing High.
“I would like to encourage ex-students to register on the Future First website. We will keep you updated with news from the school and we hope you will be able to work with us in the future – providing support to our current students.”
Karen Hayler, Business Manager at Worthing High School, is waiting to hear from former students on KHayler@worthinghigh.net. Alumni can also 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 . Alternatively contact Press and Publicity Officer Sue Crabtree on firstname.lastname@example.org, Programme Director, Megan Clatworthy on email@example.com or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.
Pictured: Worthing High School alumna Jemima Kiss returned to chat to Year 10 and 11 students at about her work as Head of Technology at The Guardian.