“Aim High” – Pilot tells Award Winners

Guest speaker Guy Glaves and Principal Michelle Dewland with trophy winners

High-flying careers can be achieved but only with hard work, a Grimsby-raised pilot told pupils at an awards night.

Guy Glaves, who flies Boeing 747 jumbo jets for British Airways out of Heathrow Airport, was guest speaker at Healing School’s annual Year 11 prize giving.

The Senior First Officer has worked 11 years for the firm and, before that, spent 20 in the RAF, working his way up to Squadron Leader.

His career has seen him meet royalty, top politicians and a variety of celebrities – reward, he told pupils, for hard work at a younger age.

Schooled locally, he graduated from Cambridge University before joining the RAF.

Guest speaker Guy Glaves with prize winner Rohanna Ede.

“I have a lot of hindsight, with the 30 plus years since I left school,” he told the captivated audience at Grimsby Town Hall. 

“I can say from experience that the key to an enjoyable career that is rewarding is to work hard at their age.

“It will lay down the foundations for life later down the line.

“What I have done in my career is all down to my education in Grimsby.

“I met people at Cambridge University from top private schools Eton and Harrow studying the same as me. It does not matter where your school is if you are ambitious.”

He has met the likes of HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chef Gordon Ramsey.

Guest speaker Guy Glaves with prize winner Edward Morrison

Guy said: “It’s the way I used the opportunities given to me at school that led to the career I continue to have.

“As well as working hard, you have to play hard. You need to enjoy life.”

He had been most impressed by the achievements of the Year 11 award winners, inside and outside the classroom.

Prize winner Callum Pears with Principal Michelle Dewland and Chairman of the Governors Ian Fielding

Principal Mrs Dewland thanked him for an inspirational speech.

She told the Year 11s and their parents they had been a “special group of people”. Their results put Healing at the top of North East Lincolnshire’s league table for attainment - in the Basics Standard and Strong measures, the EBACC average point score and the overall Attainment 8 figure.

Its Progress 8 figure is above the national average for the fourth successive year and is expected to put Healing in the country’s top 20% of schools yet again.

“Yes, they achieved academic success, but they were much more than that,” she said.

“They excelled at sport; were a class act on stage; and great company on visits out of school.

Principal Michelle Dewland and Chair of Governors Ian Fielding with prize winners Ellie Mae Cheung and Gabrielle Walker

“As a year group, they were, quite simply, a lovely bunch of young people - a credit to school, your families and yourselves and we are so proud of each and every one of you and what you have achieved.

“This year group included individuals who faced difficult, personal challenges.

“These were overcome, helped by the noticeable support given by their peers.  This indicates maturity beyond their years, a quality that will stand you all in good stead for life’s more difficult moments.”

Success did not come about by accident.

“I’m lucky to lead such a fantastic team of staff, who are committed to ensuring our young people are given the best possible education and, therefore, chances in life. 

“I pay tribute to their dedication, passion and relentless hard work – thank you. 

“I would also like to thank governors, parents, grandparents, carers and Healing Multi-Academy Trust, all of whom have placed their trust and given unyielding support to ‘Team Healing’ and therefore contributed to the successes of this wonderful year group.”

She paid particular tribute to Miss Sass, who left the school for Dubai in the summer.

Their former learning coordinator surprised pupils by sending a video from her new home, saying how proud she was of their achievements.

Mrs Dewland echoed their guest speaker’s message about grabbing precious opportunities.

“Remember, it’s always better to look back and say ‘I can’t believe I did that’ than ‘I wish I had done that’,” she said.

Prize winner Ben Clarke with Chairman of Governors Ian Fielding and Principal Michelle Dewland.

Award winners


Effort in lesson

Art: Abigail Ballard

Biology: Amelia Stanley

Chemistry: Eilish Carley

Computer Science: Steven Cooke

Double Award Science: Ethan Smith

DT: Charlie Oliver

English Language: Charley-Mae Easter

English Literature: Alice Nesbitt

Food preparation and nutrition: Bethany Ireland

French: Charlotte Hodgson

GCSE PE: Joshua Macleod

Geography: Kacey Buckley

Health and social care: Chloe Ridley

History: Edward Morrison

ICT: Ebony Moffatt

Maths: Adam Twitchett

Music: Katie Ramsden

Performing arts: Megan Elliott

Physics: Callum Pears

Religious studies: Caitlin Howden

Statistics: Alexander Hughes

Textiles: Emily Evans

Turner Cup

Modern Foreign Languages: Callum Pears

Roper Shield

Musical contribution: Sam Torrance

Goldberg Cup

Musical ability: Harvey Herring

Nigel Thomas Trophy

Special effort in maths: Kacie Davidson

Denise Birrel Trophy

Enterprise: Benjamin Clarke

Dusty Rhoades Trophy

Special effort in science: Brandon Donner

Teacher Mr Hirst celebrates with Brandon Donner with his trophy

Heghhelinge Cup

Exceptional effort in history: Aimee Fletcher

Tennyson Cup

Exceptional effort in English: Lauren Jackson

Performing arts

Exceptional effort in drama: Rohanna Ede

Health and social care

Exceptional effort in health and social care: Abigail Raper

Principal Michelle Dewland with prize winner Abigail Raper

The Lindsey Cup

Outstanding technologist: Ellie Cheung

Sporting achievement: Archie Yeo and Gabrielle Walker

Prizewinners Archie Yeo and Gabrielle Walker with teachers

Savage Cup

Outstanding effort under adversity: Lauren Jackson, Charley-Mae Easter and Sam Torrance.

Collinson Shield

Self motivation: Lucy Topliss

Trustees’ award

Pupil progress: Edward Morrison

Green Cup

Highest GCSE results: Callum Pears


Effort shown across a variety of subjects: Emily Littlefair