Worthing school steps back in time to inspire current generation

Worthing school steps back in time to inspire current generation

A Worthing school stepped back in time when old girls from the 1950s returned to meet today’s students.

The visitors from Durrington School class of 1958/59 are among 600 former students signed up to inspire the current generation to career confidence and academic success.

The school in The Boulevard is one of 400 state secondaries and colleges nationwide registered with the national education charity Future First to harness the experience of former students to motivate the current generation through ‘old school tie’ networks.

Their trip was organised by alumna Joan Luesley who went on to become a PE teacher at the school. The old girls toured their former classrooms and the hall, and reminisced about learning to make beds and domestic routines in the home economics area and climbing up gym ropes in their dreaded brown sports uniform.

Durrington was all girls in their day and they fondly recalled girls crossing the ‘white line’ which separated their school from neighbouring boys’ school to snatch a kiss and hold hands with their boyfriends at break times.

Karen Jefford, Community and Enterprise Manager, said, “They were such a lovely bunch of ladies with so much spirit and enthusiasm still at the age of 70. They had so many great stories to tell. They also made a generous donation to the school, we plan to purchase a school trophy recognising the outstanding work of our current students. Our class of 1959 will be credited for their support of this. “

The school’s alumni work in a wide range of fields from forensics to law and engineering. It would like to contact more former students in established professions and recent leavers in further education, whether they live nearby or have moved away.

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 180,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school or college. They’re inspiring young people as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, and fundraisers.

Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said, “Every state school student should have the opportunity to succeed in life after school, regardless of their background. If students see ‘people like me’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too. They work harder and have higher expectations of success. We want more schools to see the benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource.“

Ms Jefford is waiting to hear from former students on kjefford@durring.com. Former students can also register with Future First by clicking the “For Former Students” link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk.

Other schools or colleges wishing to register with Future First should click the “For Schools and Colleges staff” link.

For further information about Future First, visit www.futurefirst.org.uk, contact Press Officer Sue Crabtree on sue@futurefirst.org.uk, Senior Communications Officer Anna Darling on anna@futurefirst.org.uk or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.