As Thomas Alleyne’s recent sixth form leavers progress with their university and career steps, an Oxbridge-educated alumnus has paid tribute to the school.
A former Head Boy at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Jack Bradley-Seddon fulfilled his dreams of going to Oxbridge thanks to the support he received from his teachers.
Jack studied A Levels at Thomas Alleyne’s and was heavily involved in school life. As well as being Head Boy, Jack was also Chair of the school’s student council.
After achieving top grades, Jack left Thomas Alleyne’s, based on Dove Bank, in 2009. He has returned as a guest speaker at several events including the Year 12 prize giving in July 2022.
Jack said: “Thomas Alleyne’s was very supportive and encouraging of my aspirations. It was a taster university school trip in Year 10 that sparked my interest in studying law.
He explained: “My teachers really inspired me to go to the University of Oxford; they helped me to believe that it was possible.”
Jack progressed to study for a degree in Law at the University of Oxford and then completed an MBA at the University of Cambridge.
He worked as a lawyer in London at the global American law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld.
Now Jack has launched his own business Thaxted Capital, after receiving £25 million of investment from Sandton Capital Partners to support its growth.
Thaxted Capital provides specialist litigation funding of up to £1 million for clients and has a geographic focus on the Midlands and the North of England.
Jack explained: “We provide the finance to help clients with a litigation claim under £1 million and only take a fee if the client wins their case.
“We cover any type of general commercial litigation – for example, a breach of contract claim between two businesses or a professional negligence claim against an advisor.
“Unfortunately, in the UK litigation is an expensive and risky process and the cards are stacked in favour of the more financially powerful party. Litigation finance levels the playing field.”
Julie Rudge, Headteacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “It is great to see Jack progressing with his career. We were delighted to invite Jack back to share his educational journey with our students.”
Thomas Alleyne’s High School is Ofsted graded ‘good’ and part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust. Visit: http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/