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Cheadle and Marple College alumni inspire current generation.

From aspiring students to inspirational alumni - Former Cheadle and Marple College students at an awards evening in December 2016 

More than 50 former students of a college in Stockport have signed up to inspire today’s students to career confidence and academic success.

Cheadle and Marple College in Cheadle Road, Cheadle Hulme and Buxton Lane, Marple is one of 400 state secondaries and colleges nationwide registered with the national education charity Future First to harness the experience of former students to motivate the current generation through ‘old school tie’ networks.

Alumni already volunteering to support current students come from a range of careers including law, finance, architecture and engineering. The college wants to contact more former students in established professions and recent leavers in further education, whether they live nearby or have moved away.

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 180,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school or college. They’re inspiring youngpeople as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers.

Ryan Jones, Assistant Principal Recruitment, Progression and Communication, said, “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway. A network of past students with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current students’ jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

 Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said, “Every state school student should have the opportunity to succeed in life after school, regardless of their background. If students see ‘people like me’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too. They work harder and have higher expectations of success. We want more schools to see the benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource.”

Assistant Principal Ryan Jones is waiting to hear from former students onryan.jones@cmcnet.ac.uk.  Former students can also register with Future First by clicking the “For Former Students” link on the websitewww.futurefirst.org.uk.

Other schools or colleges wishing to register with Future First should click the “For Schools and Colleges staff” link.

For further information about Future First, visit www.futurefirst.org.uk,contact Press Officer Sue Crabtree on sue@futurefirst.org.uk, Senior Communications Officer Anna Darling on anna@futurefirst.org.uk  or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.