Uplands is delighted to be working with Future First to establish our alumni community.
We are seeking former students to get in touch and join our network. It doesn't matter when you completed your studies at Uplands, whether you're in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can get involved and we would love to keep in touch with you.
You can sign-up to the Uplands alumni network by visiting the Future First registration page using the link below.
Many of our alumni are willing to:
- Act as mentors to current students (in person and/or online);
- Be on posters displayed here at Uplands;
- Fundraise/donate for specific school/college needs;
- Provide work shadowing or work experience opportunities for current students;
- Re-connect with their old classmates;
- Talk to current students about what they've been up to since leaving Uplands.
Alumni communities have two distinctive strengths: relatability and sustainability. Having grown up in the same area and perhaps having had some of the same teachers, former students are ideal role models as they are instantly relatable. They can offer advice to students from their own context.
Alumni can prove to students that ‘someone like me’ can succeed and prosper.
Within every school and college’s alumni community, there is a host of potential career and education role models. The list of possibilities are endless and new innovative ways of working with alumni are developing everyday.
Having grown up in the same place and attended the same school, alumni are immediately relatable to current students. This makes them ideal role models. Alumni can talk about their educational or career experiences and inspire current students to achieve their potential.
Alumni can act as mentors either online or in person, providing advice, support and guidance to students. Mentoring is tailored to the individual with specific goals in mind, offering students a purposeful new relationship to help overcome a range of challenges.
Supporting the curriculum
Former students can play a key role in the delivery of the core curriculum. Returning to their old classrooms, alumni can enrich the curriculum by co-delivering lessons related to their careers, helping build students’ understanding of the real world application of their learning and boosting their motivation.
Work experience is an invaluable opportunity for students to gain an insight into working life. Alumni can provide shadowing opportunities and placements, helping students gain not online more awareness of work, but also the skills they need to succeed when they get there.
Former students often have specific expertise to offer: from coaching a football team, to running after school clubs or designing a new garden. They can also help the school or college community to flourish by acting as governors, combining knowledge of the local community with experiences and skills they’ve gained since leaving school.