School looks for past pupils to help next generation

Flegg High School in Martham. Picture: James Bass

Flegg High School in Martham. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A Norfolk high school is seeking former students who can inspire and motivate the current generation to academic success and career confidence.

Flegg High School in Somerton Road, Martham is one of nearly 400 state schools across Britain which have registered with the education charity Future First to set up networks of former students whose talents they can harness to support today’s students.

Future First’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged former student community that helps it to do more for its current students.

The school is keen to contact former students who left recently for further education as well as those in established careers, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away.

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.”

Ruth Bullard, Director of Business and Enterprise said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway. A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be really helpful in helping us to broaden current pupils’ jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

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Ruth is waiting to hear from former students on oldfleggonians@flegg.norfolk, Former students can also sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme via the website and clicking on the “Former Students” links.

Schools wishing to register with Future First should click the “Schools and Colleges staff” link.