Head: Mr Phillip Stapleton
When were you at WBS?
I enjoyed my school days at WBS between 2000 – 2006 as a member of Grenville House and was fortunate to have a year group that became a great group of friends during my time at WBS.
What did you do after school?
After finishing here at WBS, I went on to complete a MSc Geography and Planning at the University of Birmingham.
How did you get to where you are now?#
I recently had the opportunity through work to undertake a further MSc Regeneration back at UOB to assist in my professional development as a Regeneration and Growth Officer within the Planning Directorate at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. I now shape the corporate regeneration and economic growth agenda for one of the largest authorities in the West Midlands. Alongside this. I am currently a strategic advisor, researcher and investor in a number of start-up businesses across the globe with a focus on emerging technology.
What qualities did you learn at WBS that helped you get where you are today?
The key quality that my time at WBS instilled in me was confidence. The WBS family environment allows you to flourish amongst peers and teachers all with the same mindset and passion to succeed and grow your confidence as you are growing up. These traits developed through the mutual respect between teachers and pupils at WBS have allowed me to network and do business with no fear of authority, across the world. WBS also allows gives you the environment to consume knowledge and utilise your mind to understand that there is ‘no box’ but a Universe to think and expand within.
I have two memories which will always stay with me from my time at WBS. Deciding to head up to school to watch England beat Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup and seeing the then 1st XV rugby captain proceed to jump on the pool table in the boarding house and the legs give way after Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal: a great start to the day of my first 1st XV rugby cap as a Year 11. Secondly, winning the House Tug of War on Sports Day and still to this day I am convinced the winning cake was sabotaged by someone with a few cloves of garlic!