Nick returned from working in an estate agency in Knightsbridge, London, to join his father’s Wolverhampton firm in 1998. Nick is now one of the two principals running Berriman Eaton Estate Agents following a merger in recent years with Eaton Estates. Having followed in his father’s footsteps to WGS, Nick was interviewed, along with his father David and daughter Maisie who currently attends Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School, for a feature in the latest Wulfrunian magazine.
If you had to compare your time here at WGS what do you think the differences between the generations would be?
When I was at the school it all seemed very daunting on my first day at the age of 11 which was the youngest age that you could attend in those days. On my daughters first day she breezed in without a care in the world, all at the grand old age of seven! I think that schools have become much more welcoming with a more cosseting feel – certainly WGJS offers that experience to Maisie.
In your opinion what impact has technology had on each generation?
Technology has moved on so far and at such a pace since I was at school that it seems ridiculous to think that a scientific calculator was considered state of the art in my day! The immediate availability of knowledge is a world away from the 80’s when I remember sitting in the school library for hours on end trying to find answers to obscure questions! Maisie can access the knowledge in a fraction of the time with just a few taps on her iPad!
If there was one thing you could change about your time in school, what would it be?
I genuinely don’t think that there is much I would have wanted to be different – I loved being at the school and enjoyed my time as a pupil. Perhaps I might have changed the time I was threatened with the slipper by Mr Lambert…
What is/are your most memorable moment/s of your time at WGS?
My most memorable moment was undoubtedly walking into school on the day of the A level results and finding out that, contrary to many expectations, I had achieved straight A grades which allowed me to go to the university of my choice. Thank you to all of my hard working and patients teachers for making that happen!
Who was your favourite teacher?
David Iddon was my French teacher and he was brilliant and Tony Duffey was my science teacher and WGS scout troop leader – I can’t decide between the two!
What in your opinion makes WGS so successful?
The leadership of the school means it never falls behind the competition and the standards of the teaching staff has always been incredibly high.
With your granddaughter/daughter now in the Junior School, how do you see yourself engaging with WGS in the future?
I would love to be able to help the school in whatever way I can, I intend to be as involved as possible – not just to support Maisie but also to try to give something back to the institution that served me so well.
What life/career advice will you be giving your daughter/granddaughter?
To work as hard as she can at school and afterwards to make sure that she can realise her dreams.