Simon ‘Sid’ Hughes 1989 – 1996

Sid was a student at Wolverhampton Grammar School between 1989 and 1996.


After leaving School, Sid went on to read European Business with German at Nottingham Trent University, which included periods of work placement at Siemens in Manchester and BMW AG in Munich. From there, Sid took a job in PR Evaluation at Kantar Media in London, working closely with car manufacturers and advising them on how their brand and products are perceived in editorial and social media.

What influenced your parents to send you to the Grammar? Why did you want to attend our School?
Apart from the school’s fantastic academic and sporting reputation, I was drawn to the school by my Father being an OW and my brother also attending three years ahead of me.

What was it like? What advice would you give to a parent thinking of sending their child to Wolverhampton Grammar School?
I honestly loved it. It’s only now that I am considering my own children’s future that I really appreciate the opportunities I had at WGS. The standard of education was first rate, while the general ethos of becoming a valuable member of society, having a professional outlook and getting along with everyone is still something I try and live by today.

Are you still in touch with people now?
I still have a big group of friends from WGS and we try and meet up as often as possible. Virtually all of them are now in/around London, which makes it easier to meet up ‘on the off-chance’, but big gatherings such as weddings and parties are hilarious.

Where and what did you study at University?
European Business with German at Nottingham Trent University (2.1, BA Hons) 2000 – 2004.

What advice would you give to a current student/someone about to leave the School?
If you can, do it. Also try and engage with the school via the Friends or even as a Governor. School trips such as foreign exchanges and ski-ing trips may stretch the budget on top of fees, but they are some of the most memorable experiences I had at WGS, for all sorts of reasons!

Use the opportunities and network you have at your disposal. OWs end up in the most unlikely of places and are often very willing to offer help, guidance, experience or just someone to socialise with.

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