Ex-students of City Academy Hackney urged to return to inspire youngsters

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 March 2019

The City Academy, Hackney is part of the City Corporation. Photo by Jamie Smith

The City Academy, Hackney is part of the City Corporation. Photo by Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith Photography

Ex-students of a Hackney state school are being asked to go back to the classroom to inspire youngsters.

Education charity Future First is running a programme at The City Academy in Homerton Row to help schools and colleges develop “old school tie” networks.

Former students will volunteer at assemblies and workshops and motivate youngsters to broaden their horizons when it comes to work by showing them how they can have careers in a variety of industries.

Future First CEO Matt Lent said: “Students cannot be what they cannot see. It is vital to open their eyes to opportunities beyond their own world and show them the range of jobs available.

“Alumni help schools do this by acting as relatable positive role models. If a student sees someone who has the same background has gone on to achieve success, they are far more likely to think they can too.”

Any former students interested in getting involved can contact

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