Appeal to ex-pupils of Brent school attended by George Michael, Courtney Pine and Sugababes
PUBLISHED: 11:50 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:09 26 May 2016
Former pupils of a secondary school in Kingsbury are being called up to inspire the current generation of pupils.
Kingsbury High School in Princes Avenue has registered with the national education charity Future First to set up and ‘old school tie’ network.
Nearly 500 former students have already signed up and come from a range of careers and vocations including medicine, banking and business management.
The academy would like to contact more former students, including those in established careers and vocations as well as recent school leavers, those who live nearby and others who have moved away.
The school dates back to 1925 when it was known as Kingsbury County Grammar School. In the 1960’s it merged with Tyler’s Croft Girls and Tyler’s Croft Boys secondary modern schools.
It was controversially turned into an academy in 2011 and is now run by trustees.
Famous alumni include singer George Michael, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan, founding members of the pop group Sugababes and jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine OBE.
Future First aims to harness the skills of ex-students to motivate the current generation as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors and fundraisers.
Alex Shapland-Howes, managing director of the charity, 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 can sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme by clicking the “Former Students” link on the website futurefirst.org.uk.