Miles Lawrence 2004 – 2009

Miles Lawrence was a student at Wolverhampton Grammar School between 2004 and 2009.


After leaving school, Miles went on to study at Oxford, where he took a BA in Philosophy and Theology.

What influenced your parents to send you to the Grammar?
Prior to my start at WGS, I was home-educated for two years. The then head, Dr. Bernard Trafford, had also home-educated his children before sending them to WGS, which encouraged my parents to do likewise.

Why did you want to attend our School?
When I first saw the school, I was impressed by the fantastic art and music facilities (and that was before the Hutton Theatre, new art block, or recital room extension). Before starting, I went to see that year’s senior school play – Oliver – and was wowed by the actors, singers, and set. I guessed, correctly, that WGS would help me to grow creatively.

What do you particularly remember about your time here?
After winning a music scholarship, I started WGS in the 3rd Form. One of my favourite lessons in those early days was ‘P4C’ (Philosophy for Children) with Dr. David Barlow – a sign of things to come. Music was the dominant theme outside of my studies. Between orchestras, bands, and choirs I have a lot of great memories, although I think the fondest are of the annual Jazz Spectacular, under the direction of Andy Proverbs.

What have you been doing since leaving School?
After finding my feet at Oxford, I discovered a passion for acting, eventually treading the boards of the Oxford Playhouse, and then further afield in Japan, on the OUDS (Oxford University Dramatic Society) international tour.

Now a freshman at the university of life, I am pursuing a career in the worlds of radio, television, and film. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for me.

What advice would you give to a parent of a child thinking of sending their child to Wolverhampton Grammar School?
Give your son or daughter a chance to see WGS for themselves; let them tour the school with a current student, or send them for a trial day with their prospective year-group.

What advice would you give to a current student/someone about to leave the School?
Keep asking yourself the question, “what do I enjoy the most?”

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