Ilford school appeals for alumni to come forward to help encourage current pupils

PUBLISHED: 17:32 07 March 2018

Head girls at theUrsuline Academy in Ilford. Picture: Daniel Pullen

Head girls at theUrsuline Academy in Ilford. Picture: Daniel Pullen


A school in Ilford is appealing for successful former students to come and inspire their current generation of pupils.

The Ursuline Academy in Morland Road is participating in education charity Future First’s scheme to encourage current students with tales of academic and career success from school leavers.

The Roman Catholic school is one of 1,000 state secondaries and colleges across the country to take part in the programme and is appealing for past students to come forward.

Keran Reilly, headteacher of the Ursuline Academy, wants to hear from former students in established careers, recent leavers in further education and alumni who live nearby or have moved away to volunteer and help broaden current students’ job horizons.

She said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway.

“A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils’ jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work.

“We know how successful our former students are and in keeping with our school’s motto, serviam, the scheme will provide an opportunity for our alumnae to continue to serve our community.”

More than 200,000 former students nationwide have already signed up to Future First’s vision of supporting schools and colleges do more for its students.

The programme allows alumni volunteers stay connected with their old school by motivating young people as career and education role models, mentors and work experience providers.

Christine Gilbert, chairwoman of Future First, said: “Every state school student should have the opportunity to succeed in life after school regardless of their background.

“If students see people like them have succeeded then they are more likely to believe they can too.

“They will work harder and have higher expectations of success.We want more schools to see the benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource.”

Former students interested in the scheme can contact Karen Bevan, business manager at The Ursuline Academy by emailing

Other schools and colleges wishing to register with Future First should go to or call 0207 239 8933

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