“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.
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
Modern Foreign Languages: Callum Pears
Musical contribution: Sam Torrance
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
Exceptional effort in history: Aimee Fletcher
Exceptional effort in English: Lauren Jackson
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
Outstanding effort under adversity: Lauren Jackson, Charley-Mae Easter and Sam Torrance.
Self motivation: Lucy Topliss
Pupil progress: Edward Morrison
Highest GCSE results: Callum Pears
Effort shown across a variety of subjects: Emily Littlefair