Former pupils return to Villiers High School to celebrate school’s win in National Teaching Awards

Two medical students have returned to their West London state school to celebrate its win in a national award sponsored by alumni charity, Future First.

Villiers High School has just won a silver award in the ‘Making a Difference’ category of the National Teaching Awards, which Future First has proudly sponsored for a number of years.

A former head boy, Danyal Aftab, and former head girl, Svenja D’Costa, both returned to celebrate the win.

Danyal, who is now studying BioMedicine, told local media: “I’m so proud that I went to Villiers. I know that hasn’t always been the case for pupils but in the last few years the school has really changed its reputation and become a school you can say you are proud to attend.”

Svenja, who is studying medicine, added: “Our teachers always want to know how we are doing and what we are up to. It’s a brilliant school and I love coming back.”

Future First’s Chief Executive, Lorraine Langham, said: “As a charity committed to seeing strong alumni networks working across every school in the country I’m so delighted to hear that Danyal and Svenja returned to celebrate this fantastic award with their old school.

“We know that meeting past students can make a significant difference to pupils.

“Alumni show them a world of opportunity and a future that could be theirs. They inspire pupils with their stories and give them the confidence and motivation needed to succeed.”

Future First already works with hundreds of state schools to link young people with alumni and employers, but there are many more schools that do not benefit from the opportunity.

The charity is currently crowdfunding to raise money to set up even more alumni programmes in schools. There’s still time to support the effort so we can ensure no young person’s start in life determines their future.