Inspiring Sheffield school scheme earns Clegg praise

Nick Clegg , Silverdale School
Nick Clegg , Silverdale School
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YOUNGSTERS in Sheffield were visited by Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg as they became some of the first in the country to sign up to a national scheme where they will make return visits to inspire other pupils.

The Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Sheffield Hallam joined sixth formers at Silverdale School, Totley, who are joining the alumni scheme, run by national charity Future First.

Mr Clegg was accompanied by five former Silverdale pupils – entrepreneur Simon Tomlinson, lawyer Kate Gilbert, journalist Kate Wathall, Deena Samachetty, a marketing manager and Richard Aspinall, a professional golfer turned army officer.

The quintet were there to share their experiences with a class of 200 teenagers aged 16-18.

Mr Clegg said: ‘“Everyone should be able to fulfil their potential in life.

“It is vital we give our young people the confidence to believe that there is no limit to what they can achieve, therefore I’m a big supporter of Future First and I’m delighted Silverdale is taking advantage of it.”

“I can think of no better way to get the message across than former pupils with an inspiring story talking to school leavers directly.”

Megan Clatworthy, Future First programme director and a former Silverdale pupil, said: “We hope every school in the country is able to harness their alumni like Silverdale one day.”

Helen Storey, Silverdale headteacher, said: “ We have a rich and diverse community at Silverdale and are very proud of the achievements of our students.”

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