DID you go to South Bromsgrove High School? If you are a former student who would like to support the students of today, the school wants to hear from you.

The school is one of more than 500 state schools and colleges across Britain which have registered with a charity called Future First, which aims to set up networks of former students or alumni.

The charity wants every state school or college to be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps it do more for its students.

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

"If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community and 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.”

More than 50,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school and are inspiring young people as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors and fundraisers.

Headteacher at Bromsgrove High School Paul Topping said: “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.”

Former students can get involved with the scheme by emailing DS@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk or sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme online at futurefirst.org.uk.