An exciting partnership aiming to build an alumni community in our schools

Helping to harness the experience and skills of former students

RSA Academies is working with the national education charity Future First, which sets up and manages alumni networks, to inspire our students to career confidence and academic success by harnessing the talents of former pupils.

The schools are beginning to develop a thriving and engaged alumni network both within their own school and across the Family of Academies, with 200 alumni from four schools signed up. Former students have returned to their schools, acting as career and education role models through Future First facilitated events and we have further plans to involve alumni in mentoring and work experience provision. Future First has enabled RSA Academies to store contact details of alumni and soon-to-be school leavers’, allowing the schools to both collect valuable destinations data, seeing where their students go on to, and to contact their former students about opportunities to become involved with their school community.

RSA Academies further aims to utilise the Family of Academies alumni network by hosting events for alumni, enabling former students from across the schools to keep in touch and act as role models for each other.

RSA Academies considers the development of a Family of Academies alumni network a key part of provision for careers advice – with 70% of 16 to 19-year-olds thinking it will be difficult to get a job when they leave school, the advice and support of former students is invaluable in giving current pupils the confidence to succeed in the world beyond the school gates. As Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First, 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 wishing to sign up should visit the Future First website and click on the “Former students” link.

You can also ‘like’ our Alumni Network Facebook page to keep updated on opportunities to visit your school.

Schools involved:

Whitley Academy

Holyhead School

Arrow Vale RSA Academy

RSA Academy

Project details:

Date Started April 2015
Date Finished Ongoing
Project Funder RSA Academies and individual schools

“We want to use former students who may now be at university or working to come back and inspire our students to ‘aim high’. Future First has helped us to do that.”

Daulton Redmond, Principal, RSA Academy, Tipton