Longfield school seeks former students to inspire current pupils

PUBLISHED: 09:46 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:46 13 September 2016

Longfield Academy alumna Shannon Clarke, now studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, engages with current students.

Longfield Academy alumna Shannon Clarke, now studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, engages with current students.


It is working with an education charity to create an alumni network

A Longfield secondary school is looking for former students who can inspire current pupils to academic success and career confidence.

Longfield Academy, on Main Road, is one of 400 state schools across Britain working with education charity Future First to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support today’s students through ‘old school tie’ networks.

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

Alex O’Donnell, principal of Longfield Academy, said: “Being part of an alumni network lets you share your success and link with former students and staff at Longfield Academy. It is a great way to network and build links to support your career. We look forward to welcoming you back to Longfield in our many events this year.”

More than 150,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school, taking up positions as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors and fundraisers.

Managing director of Future First 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.”

Former students who wish to take part can contact Longfield Academy’s business manager Lesley McIntosh on


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