King Edward's School in Birmingham is hoping its past success stories can help put current pupils on the right career path with the launch of a new mentor scheme.
The Edgbaston school has set up a new Careers Network where pupils will benefit from career mentoring, work placements and careers talks from ex-pupils.
Among those to attend the launch event, called KES in the City, were ex-pupils Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis and Ian Metcalfe, managing partner of law firm Wragge & Co.
Guest speaker Mr Street told an audience made of up more than 150 current and former pupils and their families that his own school days were key to his success.
King Edward’s School chief master John Claughton, himself a former pupil, said: “We believe that this Careers Network and the massive expertise of our alumni can help not only boys from this school into successful careers, but also raise aspirations and open up opportunities for other children in this city.
"For centuries, King Edward’s School has played an important role in the prosperity and reputation of Birmingham, and we are keen to keep on doing that.”
Nearly £2 million has been raised in the past 18 months for a scheme to help talented pupils and their families afford the £10,000-a-year fees at the independent boys’ school. Much of the funding comes from former pupils.
In Year 7, 25 per cent of boys are on assisted places.