Alumni network will inspire pupils

Fred Longworth High School, Tyldesley
Fred Longworth High School, Tyldesley

A secondary school is asking its former pupils to join a new network to inspire the current young people to build successful careers.

Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley is teaming up with education charity Future First to put together an alumni network which will help to support the pupils studying there.

Fred Longworth High School's 1981 year 11 football team taught by Mr McPhail. The school now wants to get in touch with former pupils to found an alumni network

Fred Longworth High School's 1981 year 11 football team taught by Mr McPhail. The school now wants to get in touch with former pupils to found an alumni network

The Printshop Lane school wants to contact anyone who was taught there and who have moved on to either further education or careers to see if they would like to join the old school tie network.

Future First hopes the Fred Longworth alumni group will provide examples of school pupils going on to great things for pupils to aspire towards and also provide a community of practical advise and help.

Martin Ainscough, Fred Longworth head of applied learning, said: “We signed up to Future First’sscheme to develop a network of alumni who can inspire our current students with all their valuable experience.

“This is vital in helping us to broaden our students’ horizons and to equip them for the world of work.”

Fred Longworth has a long list of successful ex-pupils, with its alumni including singer Laura White, Hollyoaks actress Leah Hackett as well as many people who have gone on to be successful in fields including the arts and music, sport and science.

More than 150,000 people across the country have already signed up to Future First’s alumni networks, staying in contact with their old schools and working as role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors and fund-raisers.

Freddies is one of 400 schools across Britain working with Future First but the charity eventually hopes to have a network set up at every school and college in the country in the state sector.

Future First managing director Alex Shapland-Howes 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.”

To sign up to the Fred Longworth alumni network, email AinscoughM@flhs.wigan.sch.uk or visit www.futurefirst.org.uk and click the Former Students link.