Career Provisions

Miss Henshall is the School Careers Lead.

Healing School is supported by Rachel Appleton from Efactor in the development of our careers provisions.

Rachel Appleton Food Sector Business Advisor

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in the food industry, working for large international companies and local SME’s. Her career started during her placement year as a Buyer at McDonalds HQ in London, whilst completing her degree in Business & Politics at DMU Leicester.  Following her degree she travelled for a year and then returned home to Grimsby to worked for a series of fish companies, holding a variety of positions such as Buyer, Planner, Head of Operations, Head of Supply Chain, NPD and Purchasing.  This range of roles gave her an innate understanding of the challenge’s businesses face on a daily basis.

Rachel joined E-Factor Business in 2019 as the specialist GAIN Food Business Advisor which allowed her to use the knowledge and experience to help support local businesses. In this role she works closely with start-ups in the food and hospitality sector, covering the legal aspect of setting up a food business, all the way through to an established fish processing business looking to grow, pivot and diversify.  She enjoys the variety that each day brings and loves watching local entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

Rachel was a Young Enterprise advisor for a number of years, chairing the local board, and was delighted to be asked to be an Enterprise Advisor at Healing School.  She has a passion for enterprise and believes that education and exposure to it is essential to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to understand the careers available to them and to inspire them for the future.  This position bridges the gap between education and business showing them the opportunities in the world of work.

We have achieved the national quality award for our careers education, information, advice and guidance provision.

Good quality careers education has been shown to raise the aspirations and attainment of all pupils. As a result Healing School values our careers programme and we offer a comprehensive programme of careers education plus information, advice and guidance through these website pages, our Careers Library and small group or one-to-one meetings with Greame Peart, our Careers Adviser. We aim to inspire, engage and motivate our pupils in their own personal career paths and to achieve high academic qualifications using up-to-date labour market information, online tools and engaging with local businesses. In addition we offer all our pupils a visit to a university in Year 9 and college taster days in Year 10.

Miss Henshall is also available most lunchtimes for the first half in S208. Greame is in the school Careers Library Wednesday lunchtimes providing a drop-in advice service - students from any year group are welcome. In addition to the programme of activities detailed we also offer events and guest speakers when appropriate and link to subject curriculum and periodically run competitions:

Year 7

  • Enterprise club
  • F24

Year 8 

  • Enterprise club
  • F24
  • PSCHE lessons (The career game)
  • Career assemblies once a month for local industries

Year 9

  • Enterprise club
  • F24
  • Mentoring Schemes
  • Enterprise day
  • PSCHE lessons (The world of work)
  • Higher education visits

Year 10

  • Enterprise club
  • F24
  • Mentoring Schemes
  • Enterprise day
  • Applying for jobs and courses lessons
  • Further and higher education visits
  • Work experience week in July

Year 11

  • Post – 16 career fair (October)
  • Talks from college providers

Useful Websites

The School's Careers Policy can be found in the Documents and Policies Section here.

Post 16 options
Selecting A Levels
Apprenticeships - Government Website
Higher education
National Career website
Careers in Sport
Careers in Law
All about law
General information

Making Choices

Our pupils are introduced to many option routes for after their time at Healing School. Year 11 pupils will have lesson time in November to complete their college or apprenticeship applications with support of Healing Staff and outside agencies. This is a big decision for our pupils so we aim to ensure they have all the information they need prior to these lessons. Parents and guardians can also support from home in the following ways:

  • Talk to pupils about what the best option is for them. You can also contact Miss Henshall for advice
  • Do the research by looking a college websites, Lincs 2 and going to open events. All of these are shared on the students’ career google classroom. Also attend our post 16 option evening in the autumn term
  • Aim high, the staff at Healing School will support all pupils to reach their full potential. Pupils should challenge themselves to obtain top grades and attend revision session to support their learning. If applying for an apprenticeship, Miss Henshall or Graeme Peart can offer support with portfolios and interview practice.
  • Support pupils in their GCSE exams. These are important as they are the first step on their career journey so please help your child to be organised, have good attendance because all teaching time is valued time and missing lessons will have an effect. Support pupils in attending after school revision sessions or if this is not possible there are lunchtime alternatives for many subjects.  

Finally, many businesses are looking for pupils who can demonstrate the CBI’s 7 main employability skills. Therefore, Healing school aims to offer pupils opportunities to develop and demonstrate these skills in lessons and extra-curricular clubs. Therefore, parents and guardians should encourage pupils to build up this skill set and pupils should refer to these in any applications they make.

  • Self-management – taking responsibility for your organisation, arriving on time, completing tasks on time
  • Team work – being comfortable working with others (regardless of background), contributing to team goals
  • Business & customer Awareness – understanding what makes a business successful and developing, ensuring everyone’s needs are met
  • Problem solving – accepting challenge, working out a solution, asking questions
  • Communication & Literacy – reading, writing, listening, following and giving clear directions, expressing ideas coherently
  • Application of Numeracy – Application of Numeracy – making sense of data, patterns, understanding time frames
  • Application of ICT – Application of ICT – learning required technology and using appropriately

All of these skills are underwritten by a positive attitude which many employers see an essential attribute of any future employee.

Companies to get involved

If you or your business would like to be involved in our career provisions then please contact Miss Henshall via the school office at