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Oasis Academy Mayfield puts students’ Future First

Oasis Academy Mayfield puts students’ Future First

Former students from a Southampton state school are being asked to go back to the classroom to inspire current students to career confidence and academic success.

The students past and present from Oasis Academy Mayfield in Ashley Crescent have joined a programme run by the national education charity Future First which helps state schools and colleges develop ‘old school tie’ networks allowing them to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support the current generation.

The former students will return to volunteer at assemblies and workshops designed to motivate young people and broaden their jobs horizons so they are more likely to be able to achieve a career of their choice regardless of their background.

Oasis Academy Mayfield is one of a thousand state secondary schools and colleges across Britain which have worked with Future First. Future First’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps it to do more for its students. More than 240,000 former students nationwide have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re motivating young people as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers.

Oasis Academy Mayfield wants to contact former students in established careers and recent leavers in further education, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away.

Claire Taylor, Principal at Oasis Academy Mayfield, said; “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway. A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils’ jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

Beth Goddard, Director of Programmes at Future First, said; “The transition from school to work is challenging for students and the benefits of employer encounters in the classroom is now widely recognised. Alumni volunteers who can share their careers experience, broaden students' jobs horizons and act as relatable role models are an integral part of any good school careers curriculum and helps inspire and motivate students to success, regardless of their background.”

Tiffany Baxendale, Associate Assistant Principal, is waiting to hear from former students on Tiffany.Baxendale@oasismayfield.org. Former students can also register with Future First by visiting www.futurefirst.org.uk. and clicking 'Sign Up,' then 'Leaving or Former Student sign up.'

Daniel Marsh