Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw backs alumni networks in Oldham schools

BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw is joining his former state school in Oldham to help transform students’ opportunities through alumni networks.

The programme, run by the education charity Future First and funded by the Government’s Careers and Enterprise Company, has been backed by the TV and radio broadcaster Nick Grimshaw who went to Our Lady's RC High School in Royton, now known as Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic College.

Known as "Grimmy", Nick went on to study communication and media studies at the University of Liverpool and worked on the student radio station there before joining Radio 1 on the Switch show with Annie Mac.

Nick said, “It’s great to show the students of Oldham that the world is their oyster. You can do whatever you want in your life and career – you just need to figure out how to do it and how to make it happen. By taking former students back into the classroom, Future First is doing a fantastic job of showing young people the huge range of jobs out there which will broaden their horizons."

Nick Grimshaw is supporting alumni networks

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Future First is urging more alumni of the participating schools and colleges to sign up online at Private schools and universities have long seen the value of keeping alumni in close contact after they have left and it is hoped the initiative will encourage more state schools to see alumni as a valuable resource. 

Oldham schools taking part are Failsworth School, Oasis Academy Oldham, Royton and Crompton School, The Radclyffe School, Oldham Sixth Form College and Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic College which Nick attended from 1995 to 2000.

Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted chief inspector said, “If students see ‘people like me’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too. They work harder and have higher expectations of success. We want more schools to see the benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource.”

Future First has worked with more than a thousand schools and colleges up and down the country to set up alumni networks. These harness the wealth of talent and experience from former students in a range of jobs, from law and banking to plumbing and catering.