A school is appealing for former pupils to come forward and help inspire the pupils of today.

Preston Manor School, is taking part in a scheme run by national organisation Future First, which aims for every state school or college to be supported by their former pupils.

It is forming an alumni association, and the organisation says it does not matter when students left or where they live as there are a number of ways they can help.

Daniel Graham, deputy headteacher of the Carlton Avenue East school, said: “For too long, alumni associations have been seen as the preserve of public schools and universities.

"There is a strong appetite in the local community to be a part of this.

"We have already managed to get nearly 400 former students, some of whom attended the school in the 1940s, to sign up to the alumni association, and this number grows daily.

“Many former students, especially those who still live locally, are keen to come in and speak to students, sharing their life and work experiences.

“Several have been able to offer work experience placements and others have also volunteered to mentor or e-mentor students.”

Those interested in taking park and signing up to the scheme can do so by going to website www.futurefirst.org.uk and clicking on the 'former students' link.