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Search is on for former students of St Simon Stock School

25 February 2014
by Alan Smith

Did you go to St Simon Stock

Did you go to St Simon Stock?

The national education charity Future First has been working with St Simon Stock School in Maidstone to set up an alumni network.

The idea is that former students will stay in touch and support current students as education and career role models, as work experience providers and mentors and e-mentors, as well as volunteer donors, fundraisers and governors.

The school is one of more than 500 state schools selected by the charity for help across the country.

To begin, the school would like to trace former students who are interested in being involved.

Careers co-ordinator Terry May said: “As a school, we strive to develop our students in every way, which includes their career aspirations.

“Getting people to talk to our students may not be difficult, but finding someone whom they can relate to can be.

“If the pupils here can get first-hand experience and an insight into the world of work from people who once studied at the same school, it can surely only make them better prepared for their future, whatever route they decide to take.”

It doesn’t matter when past students left school; whether they are in further education or employment; whether they still live nearby or have moved away, Future First will find ways they can help.

Alex Shapland-Howes, the charity’s MD, said: “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do.

“It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from people they can relate to in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.”

Former students can contact Mr May on or they can also sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme by clicking on the “Former Students” link on the website

*Teachers wishing to sign up another school to Future First should click the “Schools and Colleges staff” link.


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