Frequently asked questions
Leighton Park Connect is a members-only site for the Leighton Park Community, including Old Leightonians, current and former staff and governors, parents and students. We are also planning to roll out limited access to the platform to sixth form students in 2018.
The platform allows you to:
- Advance your career by making connections with a global network of OLs and Friends willing to help.
- Connect with other OLs and Friends, to catch up, reminisce and stay in touch.
- Expand your professional network and find other OLs and Friends in your area of work.
- Give back to the school community by giving advice, offering work experience, or acting as a mentor to current students and young OLs.
It’s easy to sign up! Just visit www.leightonparkconnect.com and sign up with Facebook, LinkedIn or an email address.
You can access it on your desktop, tablet, or mobile, using all major internet service providers.
If you are just starting out in your career, the platform will give you access to a wealth of experience and advice from our past alumni, in a multitude of careers and industries.
You can search the Directory to find members of the community who are willing to help in a variety of ways. You can narrow down by industry, position, company and degree subject to find people willing to give advice, offer work experience or act as a mentor, and then message them directly through the system. As all members indicate how they would be willing to help when they sign up, you know that anyone you contact through the network will be happy to hear from you and has something to offer.
There is also a jobs board on the site that all our members can post to, so you may find suitable job opportunities there that you may not find elsewhere.
Leighton Park Connect gives you the opportunity to search for and message your peers, share photos, reminisce about your experiences at school, find and connect with members who have similar interests, as well as keep up to date with Leighton Park news and events.
In the Directory, you can search by Upper Sixth Leavers Year, House and current location. You can follow other users to see what they are up to on Leighton Park Connect, or you can send a message to another user directly through the system.
On the Updates tab, you can introduce yourself, write an update about what you are up to now, ask advice from the whole community, or post anything you think will be of interest.
You can share photos in the Album tab. Dig out your old school photos and tag other members, or take a look at photos from recent OL and school events.
In the Groups section, you can connect with other members based on the era you were at Leighton Park, your industry or interests, your House, or your location. Browse the groups and join any that are of interest to you. Each group provides a discussion forum and members can share photos and updates with all those in the group and create events. If there are any other groups you would like to see set up, or you would be willing to act as an admin from any groups, please do get in touch.
On the Events tab, you can find out what OL and school events are coming up, see who else is planning to attend and indicate if you will be coming.
You can also invite your existing contacts to join the platform by clicking on ‘Invite alumni’ in the top right corner and selecting contacts from your email address book or Facebook friends. They in turn may invite their own contacts, so please do encourage your friends to join as this is how Leighton Park will grow and expand into a thriving community that will benefit everyone!
Leighton Park, and whatever stage you are at in your career, your life experience could be invaluable to our younger members. Whether you’ve just completed an internship, are working for an international organisation, or have years of experience in your sector, your skills, experience and knowledge can help OLs following in your footsteps.
To offer your help to the community:
- Import your professional experience from LinkedIn, or add your employment history into your profile
- Indicate how you would be willing to help – be that giving advice on your industry, helping with job and university applications, offering work experience or opening up your professional networks to others
- Upload roles at your workplace to the jobs board to find applicants from a community who share the same Quaker values instilled at Leighton Park as you.
You can also help the community by inviting your existing contacts to join the platform. Click on ‘Invite alumni’ in the top right corner and select contacts from your email address book or Facebook friends. They in turn may invite their own contacts, so please do encourage your friends to join as this is how Leighton Park will grow and expand into a thriving community that will benefit everyone!