The William Allitt School is currently working with the charity, Future First, to help reconnect with our former students to help inspire and motivate our current students to success in the working world. The William Allitt School is one of 400 in the county to have signed up to the programme, and the only school in South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire to form links with Future First.
If you were a former student of The William Allitt School and are keen to share your childhood memories of the school and your ongoing success story, then we would love to hear from you! Please sign up on the Future First website www.networks.futurefirst.org.uk to register your interest. Alternatively you may wish to telephone The William Allitt School on 01283 216404 or email email@example.com . We look forward to seeing and working with you again.
Future First helps schools and colleges harness the experiences and skills of their former students.
Future First's vision is that every school should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community.
Alumni can offer invaluable support in a range of ways, for example as career and educational role models, mentors/e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, or even fundraisers or donors. Further details on each of these can be found below.
Career and Educational Role Models:
Alumni in jobs or higher education can be inspiring role models for current students, introducing them to some of the different opportunities available to them, helping to build their confidence and make decisions about their own paths. Future First support schools and colleges in a number of ways, either by organising and facilitating assemblies or workshops for them, or by providing lessons plans and network-building resources for them to do so themselves.
Individual and small-group mentoring can allow students to learn from people like them, who have experience of the paths they are interested in. Mentors/e-mentors can provide an insight into both higher education and specific job sectors, as well as guiding students through decision-making and motivational issues. Future First will help support schools and colleges in matching alumni with current students, and provide resources on how to get the most out of the relationship. We have recently launched a secure e-mentoring platform in collaboration with the Brightside Trust, which allows alumni to give back, even if they’ve moved away from the area.
Locating high quality work experience placements is often a challenge for schools and colleges. Future First can ask alumni whether they would be able to provide work experience, work shadowing or internship opportunities to young people from their former schools, as well as lesson plans for alumni events on how to get the most out of these opportunities.
Many private schools and universities have been successfully mobilising alumni as donors for years. Our research shows that graduates of state schools and colleges are no less likely to give back but, to date, their old schools and colleges haven’t been as good at asking.