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In The Spotlight: Thomas Saunders

Thomas Saunders (2008 - 2019)
Thomas Saunders (2008 - 2019)

Tell us what you do now. Has your time at the School influenced your life today? 

On leaving BMS, I began a degree apprenticeship in rural surveying. I was working in Northamptonshire and then studying at Harper Adams University. However, after two very valuable years of experience, I realised that my passion lies in teaching. Therefore, I have converted to a full-time student to complete my degree with a view to then teach geography and hopefully spend plenty of time on the sports field too! The School has influenced me in many ways, BMS developed my interests in Geography, Economics and Politics, as well as teaching me many soft skills as well. 

Tell us about your time at BMS. Do you have any special memories you would like to share? 

BMS was fantastic and it is hard to pick out any special memories, as everything about the School is special to me. I thoroughly enjoyed my academics, particularly Geography. However, many of my favourite memories lie across Manton Lane on the sports field. I particularly enjoyed rugby and cricket at BMS and it was great to be able to play alongside some very good friends who I am still in touch with now. A 27-26 victory against St Columba’s was a particular highlight as captain of the First XV. I was also very privileged to be able to lead the Cricket First XI. My most special memory of BMS was the opportunity to be Head Boy, I was honoured to fulfil this role and I thoroughly enjoyed every day at Bedford Modern.  

Who was someone from your time at BMS who had an impact on you any why? 

There are lots of teachers who had a very positive impact on me. Mr Bucktin helped me to develop my love for sport. The Geography Department were always very encouraging to me and I enjoy catching up with Mr Price at Bedford Blues games. Mr Tapper is somebody I looked up to for advice both academically and on the rugby pitch. I also learnt a lot from Mr Tate and I am very thankful to him for the time he spent with me discussing life post-BMS.  

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I continue to play rugby at university. Earlier in the season, I played against a very good friend and fellow OBM Jamie Brackston (University of East Anglia). I also continue to play and coach cricket at Harrold Cricket Club. I have recently become an NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassador and I am really enjoying the opportunity to be able to promote the message of ‘Back British Farming’.   

What advice would you give your younger self? 

I would tell my younger self just to enjoy the moment and live for the present day. I always tried to map out my future from a young age, but exciting opportunities can take you by surprise and these cannot always be planned. BMS was a fantastic time in my life and I always tried to take every opportunity that I could.   

Are there any other thoughts you would like to share with the OBMs and BMS community? 

The OBM and BMS community is different from any other, so whilst you are at BMS enjoy every moment and take every opportunity that you can. If you are an OBM, then I urge you to attend OBM Events and stay in touch with old friends, as we can all be of support to one another within the OBM Network.

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