We’re nearing the end of our Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) funded project in the South West. 40 schools and colleges now have active alumni communities and we’ve seen such innovative activities across the South West.
Paul Reddick, headteacher of Crispin High School in Devon, wrote to his alumni to thank them for their support:
“During a line management meeting looking at the alumni programme with Mrs Maxfield, I was full of enthusiasm about writing a short piece for our registered alumni. A few weeks later I find myself thinking ‘what will the alumni want to hear about from me?’ This is the first time I have written one of these pieces so I am not totally sure what to say. I will start off with the most important thing and say a large ‘thank you’ to everyone who has signed up for the alumni project. The last I heard we had the third largest number of alumni (337) of the schools that Future First is working with in the South West.
Mrs Maxfield has done a fantastic job getting alumni signed up and involved and we have received excellent feedback from those who have taken part in a variety of ventures so far. I realise some of you have travelled a considerable distance from mid-Somerset while others have stayed closer to home in classrooms, science labs, the ICT office and even the Headteacher’s PA’s office at Crispin. So far we have heard about the career paths alumni have taken, had alumni working with students in school and we have just started to have students going out and visiting alumni in the world of work.
I know sometimes ex-students think that schools are only interested in them if they have discovered a cure for a tropical disease, played in the Premier League or starred in a highly rated television show. As far as I am concerned nothing could be further from the truth. I am more interested in hearing from the nurses, mechanics and florists amongst you than someone who had a walk on part in Hollyoaks in 2003 (but if you did do the latter, well done, and we would like to hear from you).
We are always happy to hear of any suggestions about how we can move the programme forward and we always like to listen to hear about how our alumni are faring.
So have a good summer and thank you for your continuing interest in Crispin – it is greatly appreciated.”