After leaving School Josh went on to study Law at the University of Bristol. After Graduating he joined the British Army and attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Joshua was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2016 and is currently serving in the Brigade of Gurkhas.
What influenced your parents to consider Wolverhampton Grammar School?
My parents are passionate about education and wanted to educate their child to the best of their abilities and were fortunate to be in a position to be able to send me to the Grammar School and enjoy the opportunities that the school provided.
What do you particularly remember about your time at WGS?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at WGS. The school is a close community particularly in the senior years; I have made genuine friends for life who still make time for each other six years later. What in particular stands out about my school experience is the challenge provided by WGS, the school expects high standards and provides you with the confidence and ability to achieve more than you thought possible. The school instils a sense of pride and desire to succeed which I have definitely carried forward.
Where did you chose to study after leaving School?
I chose to study at the University of Bristol because I thought the city would be a great place to study and live and the course content appealed to me more than other law degrees. I chose law as I had an interest in history and politics yet wanted something with a more vocational aim and clear direction. I enjoyed my time at Bristol and genuinely believe it is the best university in the country in a fantastic city. However, I quickly realised law was not for me and I joined the Army reserve in my second year which led me to consider a career as an Army Officer. After graduating I successfully applied to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and in April 2016 completed the 44-week Commissioning Course. I am currently serving in the Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment commanding a Troop of Gurkha soldiers.
What advice would you give to a parent thinking of sending their child to Wolverhampton Grammar School?
The school is a fantastic choice for any child. The time and effort the staff put in to ensure the highest level of education is provided is exemplary. The resources and facilities available are remarkable for a school of its size. WGS has a genuine family feel, the students share a sense of belonging and a pride that I doubt is felt quite as much in other schools.
And what advice would you give to a current student leaving the School?
This school has some great opportunities, don’t let anything pass you by and put maximum effort into whatever you do, you’ll see the rewards. When choosing a degree or whether you want to go to university at all you’ll be under a lot of pressure. Go with your gut and you won’t go wrong.