Thursday, 18 May 2017
On their last day in School before Study Leave and the start of their A Level examinations, the Year 13 boys attended a valedictory assembly filled with advice for the future. Laura Firth, the School’s Head of Development, talked to the leavers about becoming ‘Old Boys’. She spoke about the many events which are organised for School alumni, including networking events and regular dinners both in School and around the country, as well as the recently launched Bolton Alumni Network, an exclusive platform for Old Boys and Old Girls to reconnect and expand their professional networks.
The Year 13 students then heard from David Seddon, an Old Boy and former School Captain who left the School in 1971, and who is now based in the South East. He had a successful career in International Real Estate and, since his retirement, has set up a mentoring scheme for young Old Boys.
About a dozen Alumni from a variety of careers, including law, marketing and finance among others, have volunteered to act as mentors to undergraduate Old Boys, offering their advice and expertise. They are willing to give their time to support young Old Boys, help them to assess themselves and their skills, and assist with job applications. They can also advise how undergraduates should present themselves in order to succeed in their chosen career.
The Old Boys who are part of the mentoring scheme can offer a personal insight into a range of careers, as well as an understanding of what employers really want. David encouraged all of the leavers to get in touch and take advantage of the knowledge and support on offer.
Miss Tunstall, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Mr Joseph, the Head of Sixth Form, and Headmaster Mr Britton also offered their guidance and best wishes to Year 13 for the exam period and beyond.
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