Grimsby’s Havelock Academy hosts Christmas Business Banquet

Sixth Form students and staff at Grimsby’s Havelock Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, welcomed high-profile local employers to the academy as part of a festive banquet. 


As part of the business banquet, which is a regular feature at the academy, a number of professionals were invited to dine with students and discuss their future plans.


Special guests at the event included Melanie Onn MP and representatives from 20 different local organisations including Ørsted, Driver Hire, Counting Hope, Job Centre Plus, Franklin College, FORCE and Skanska.


Guests were greeted by Havelock Academy Sixth Form students Georgia Emsley and Melia Nielsen for a drinks reception before sitting down to their three-course meal, served by Year 10 Hospitality students at the academy. Following the sit-down meal, audience members were entertained by a festive performance by students Jack Gyte and Maisie Bebbington.


Andy Green, Co-founder of Counting Hope, was invited to attend the Christmas Business Banquet as a special guest. He said: “I have really enjoyed my day at Havelock’s Christmas Banquet. I always enjoy meeting with students, and the ones I have sat with today have really impressed me with their efforts and motivation.”


Joanne Evison, Site Administration Manager at Skanska, was also delighted to take part in the event. She said: “I was absolutely amazed by the students and how they had such clear goals for the future.


“Their determination speaks volumes for the fantastic guidance they receive at Havelock Academy. I can remember finishing my GCSEs and having no idea what to do next.


“All of the students were a credit to the academy and should be immensely proud of the wonderful Christmas event they have organised.”




As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Havelock Academy is at the centre of its local community, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere and embracing the values of community support.


The Trust aims to provide every child with a world-class education by focusing on delivering high standards of attainment and achievement, whilst raising confidence and self-esteem amongst individuals. Alongside providing academic excellence, building a strong community encourages pupils to leave school as well-rounded individuals and valued members of society.


Joanne Woodhouse, Head of Sixth Form at Havelock Academy, said: “At Havelock Academy, we encourage our students to aim high and inspire them to reach their full potential.


“Our regular Business Banquets allow students to engage with a number of different employers to help them gain a greater understanding of potential future careers.


“We look forward to continuing our work with local employers in order to create rich and inspiring learning environments to help our students to become their confident, academic best.”