Bradford Grammar School pupil converts assisted place into Oxford offer

“I never thought, when I lived on a council estate, that I’d ever get to go,” said Blaine Thomas

A Bradford Grammar School (BGS) pupil is celebrating after receiving an offer to read law at Oxford University.

Blaine Thomas is head boy at the school he joined as a sixth former, thanks to an assisted place established in the memory of BGS old boy and major supermarket founder, Sir Ken Morrison.

“I’ve wanted to go to Oxford University since I visited the city when I was 11 years old,” said Thomas, “but never thought, when I lived on a council estate, that I’d ever get to go.

“I grew up in a single parent family and my younger brother, Ramone, nine, now says he wants to follow in my footsteps. I’m committed to help him follow his dreams, like so many people have helped me. He sees the value of hard work and he says he wants to be a lawyer, too.”

I can’t stress enough how important it is that institutions like Bradford Grammar continue to contribute to social inclusion and social mobility

Thomas’ offer is “richly deserved” says BGS’ Simon Hinchliffe headmaster.

“A good education can transform the prospects of young people, which is why we strive to help as many as possible,” he added.

“Only with the support of partners, including existing and prospective benefactors, are we be able to make a difference to children of great potential who are keen to attend BGS.”

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The young Morrison took his first steps in the family provisions business while still a pupil at the school, helping out on market stalls and checking eggs for defects.

“It’s thanks to Old Bradfordians, such as Sir Ken Morrison, that I’ve had such a rich education,” said Thomas.

“I can’t stress enough how important I think it is that institutions like Bradford Grammar continue to contribute to social inclusion and social mobility.”


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