Academy calls on alumni to inspire current students


A Newhaven secondary school is seeking former students who can inspire and motivate the current generation to academic success and career confidence.

Seahaven Academy in Southdown Road is one of nearly 400 state schools across Britain registered with the education charity Future First to set up networks of alumni whose talents they can harness to support today’s students.

Future First’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.

More than 100,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re inspiring young people in a number of ways; as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers.

The school, formerly known as Tideway School, is keen to contact former students who left recently for further education as well as those in established careers, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away.

“More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do,” said Alex Shapland-Howes, managing director of Future First. “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.”

Mat Hafernik, head of options and pathways and director of KS3, said: “It was clear from the very beginning that this is an incredibly well organised, and accessible scheme. To have past and present students communicating, listening and being made aware of opportunities by their peers was certainly an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss. I very much look forward to catching up with some old faces .”

Contact Mat Hafernik at or sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme at

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