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Sixteen former students return to Havelock Academy as staff

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  • 12th Jun 2023 10:18

Sixteen former students return to Havelock Academy as staff

Havelock Academy in Grimsby, part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) is thrilled to celebrate their sixteen former students who have now returned as staff. 

The former students were all taught by Principal, Emma Marshall, and she has been delighted to welcome them back to Havelock Academy.

Returning pupils include Lucy Wigfield, former Head Girl, now an Inclusion Teacher, and two sets of sisters: Rebecca McLernon (Head of Year 7 Intervention Wave) and Emily McLernon (Assistant Special Education Needs Coordinator), and Megan Copely (Teaching Assistant) and Charlotte Bell (Maths Teacher and Pupil Premium Champion). 

The secondary school’s IT and Business department co-heads, Daniel Sylvester and Zack Eckley, were both taught by the same long-serving member of staff, Assistant Principal Michael Trussell. 

Principal Emma Marshall also taught Havelock’s Music Teacher, Danielle Eke, throughout her seven years at the school as a student.

Many schools face difficulties recruiting teachers, so Havelock is particularly pleased to have so many returning students with a strong understanding of local challenges and the needs of the local community.

Emma Marshall, Principal at Havelock Academy, said:

“I am so pleased that we have been able to welcome back so many of the Havelock family. 

“Having so many alumni as teachers helps us all relate to our students as well as the wider community. I have been overwhelmed by the family feel at this school.

“We hope even more of our alumni can come back to contribute to Havelock and we are always interested in hearing from our local community. These bonds help ensure that all our students can reach their full potential.





Emma Marshall, Principal, Front Centre; taught at Havelock since April 2005. 


Then from right to left, front row:

Maisie Bebbington - English Tutor

Lauren Webster - Head of Year and History Teacher

Charlotte Bell - Maths Teacher and Pupil Premium Champion

Rebecca McLernon - Head of Year 7 Intervention Wave

Megan Copley - Cover Supervisor


Middle row from right to left:

Emily McLernon (sister of Rebecca) - Assistant SENCo

Lucy Wigfield (former Head Girl!) - Inclusion Teacher

Danielle Eke - Music Teacher

Chloe Gresham - Teaching Assistant

Briany Dannatt - Teaching Assistant


Back row from right to left:

Lauren Buston - Sixth Form Co-ordinator

Daniel Sylvester - Co-Head of Business and ICT

Andrew Gibson - IT Manager

Alex Hodson Smith - PE & Science Teacher

Zack Eckley - Co-Head of Business and ICT

Daniel Chesman - 2nd in Science