After leaving School, Tom went on to study law at King’s College London and Uppsala University, Sweden, before joining Magic Circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Why did you want to attend our School?
To be honest, I’m not sure as an 11 year-old I had that much choice in the matter. That said, once I’d been on an open day and seen the facilities, sports especially, I think I was fairly set on heading to WGS
How has the experience helped shape you as a person?
The school was crucial in shaping the person I am now. I think WGS strikes the perfect balance between a quality education, but also the freedom/life of an ordinary city school. I’m not sure a different school would have left me as able to operate effectively in as wide a range of circles as I do now.
Are you still in touch with people now?
My closest friends are those that I met at WGS, we remain very much in touch.
What have you been doing since leaving School?
King’s College London – Law with European Legal Studies LLB
Uppsala University, Sweden – Erasmus year abroad
BPP Law School – Legal Practice Course
Joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a trainee solicitor in 2013. Seconded to Dubai for six months in 2015.
What advice would you give to a parent thinking of sending their child to Wolverhampton Grammar School?
Some good schools will act like factories, and churn out kids with certain results. WGS isn’t one of those schools. I think the school allows its students a greater freedom, probably to the small sacrifice of results at times. However in the long run, I think that freedom produces more rounded students, who will be better for it.
What advice would you give to a current student/someone about to leave the School?
Study what you are interested in, not what you feel you have to. Candidates who can talk with enthusiasm about a topic shine through in interviews. The same applies to using your free time to do what you enjoy. Go travelling, develop a hobby, get a part-time job. Progressing post-school and university is about developing a back-catalogue of fun stories that you can spin to be relevant in any situation, especially professionally.