Years before he was ‘hired’ by Lord Sugar, The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau was just another pupil at St Edward’s School.
The 33-year-old, who lauched his revolutionary nail file earlier this year, credits much of his recent success to his time at the school.
He said: “My cousin was there. He was five years older than me and I am fairly highly dyslexic and really suffered at school so he advised me that St Edward’s would be a really good place for that.
“My mum didn’t really know but the Warden told her the school would find out what I was good at and help me develop it.
“Living in Oxford was great. We had Summertown on our doorstep and you could walk into town down the towpath.”
Mr Pellereau, who is originally from Winchester, arrived at St Edward’s aged 13 as a boarder and stayed until he left for university.
During his time there the inventor made good use of the school’s design studio and also became captain of the hockey team.
He said: “I really loved it. The facilities are just out of this world and looking back I was so fortunate.
“I got extra English classes to help with my dyslexia and we had smaller classes which helped. There was no bullying because I was bad at things, but I don’t know if that would have been different elsewhere. It helped that St Edward’s is not all about the academics and I had an amazing time, but where you send your child to school is a very personal decision.
“I got married in May and just the thought that my children might go to St Edward’s is amazing.”
After leaving the school, where he got three As in his A-levels , Mr Pellereau went to the University of Bath, where he studied innovation and engineering design.
It was when he was having a “bad week” after he had broken up with a long-term girlfriend that he decided to apply for the seventh series of The Apprentice, which he ended up winning.
He said: “I heard an advert about it on the radio and I decided to apply for it rather than a job at Procter & Gamble.”
“I certainly didn’t imagine I would win.”