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Students Sample Careers At Sea First Hand With Visit To HMS Grimsby

In the Navy now! Tollbar Academy students Mark Bassett, Nikita Gusev and Aiden Dickens visit HMS Grimsby.

Tollbar Academy and Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students interested in a career in the Royal Navy were offered the opportunity to visit HMS Grimsby when it docked in its namesake port.

Hosted by ABP, the Royal Navy minesweeper arrived for a two-day visit to receive a reaffirmation of the Freedom of the Borough, at a ceremony at Grimsby Town Hall, to honour its link with the town.

Students in Years 10-13 were invited for a tour of the ship and the chance to discuss with naval staff the opportunities for careers at sea.

Linda Willoughby, Curriculum Leader for Citizenship at Tollbar Academy, said: "The students learnt about the work that the Royal Navy does in protecting the UK, as well as the other roles it performs across the world. They had a full tour of the ship, which included a tour of the bridge and a visit to the compression chamber.

"Various crew members told the students about their experiences, including the divers, who explained their role in submerging 60 metres to deal with explosive devices that had been detected. Students were also able to look at the diving equipment and gun emplacements. There was very positive feedback from the students about the visit with many now looking to their future careers with great enthusiasm."

Year 12 student Ella Restall said: "It was fantastic and a great experience to talk to staff and see what it's like to be on a Royal Navy boat. Considering it is something I plan on doing as a career in the future, it was really eye opening into what life will be like on board a ship."

Tollbar Academy students check out the compression chamber on board HMS Grimsby. Pictured are: Mehran Bhutto, Kieran Smith, Ebony Cutler and Nikita Gusev.

Tollbar Academy and Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College students get ready to board HMS Grimsby after they were invited to meet the crew and discuss careers at sea.

Taking control on board HMS Grimsby are Tollbar Academy students Nikita Gusev, Kieran Smith and Ebony Cutler!

Tollbar Academy and Sixth Form College students are shown around the ship. They are: Kieran Smith, Mehran Bhutto, Mark Bassett, Ebony Cutler, Aiden Dickens, Nikita Gusev, Emma Taylor-Lonsdale and Ella Restall.