Former pupils and local supporters of a Harrow primary school are being invited back into the classroom to help broaden current pupils’ horizons and boost their career aspirations for their future.
Belmont School in Hibbert Road has joined a programme run by the national education charity Future First which helps state schools and colleges develop thriving and engaged communities of alumni and local supporters.
The programme is the first of its kind in the country to work with primary schools in this way and builds on Future First’s successful work in more than a thousand secondary schools and colleges across Britain. It helps primary schools harness the time, talent and resource of their former pupils and local community supporters to show children the diverse range of possibilities available as they get older.
Future First’s vision is to ensure that no young person’s future is limited by their start in life and that every state school and college is supported by a thriving community of alumni and local supporters that helps it do more for its students. More than 226,000 volunteers nationwide have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re motivating young people as career and education role models, classroom helpers, mentors, governors, fundraisers and much more.
Belmont School wants to hear from all former pupils, from those in established careers to recent leavers, alumni who live nearby to those who have moved away. They also want to hear from any parents or local employees who would like to get involved with school life. If you would like to support Belmont School, sign up at: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/signup/belmontprimary.
Lindsey Shaw, Headteacher at Belmont said: ‘Our school is outward looking and ambitious for all our pupils. Working with and beyond our school community is one of our school’s aims as we know this can broaden pupils’ experience of life and learning. When we heard about Future First we were really excited about the potential to reach out to our wider community of former pupils and supporters. We want to share our values and successes with our alumni and to draw on their experiences and skills to help motivate and engage our current pupils to be aspirational about their futures.
Future First Chief Executive Matt Lent said, ‘It’s hard for young children to understand the connection between their school studies and the world of work. Our work in secondary schools has already shown that former students and local supporters are the perfect relatable role models, having an enormous positive influence on the confidence and motivation of young people. This new initiative will take these opportunities to primary schools and their pupils for the first time ensuring all children have the chance to succeed regardless of their background.’
Picture caption: Belmont School building March 2019