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Grace Eddington-Jukes (left) from Specsavers with Tollbar Academy student Tom Cullen (13).

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Grace Eddington-Jukes (left) from Specsavers with Tollbar Academy student Tom Cullen (13).


Tollbar Academy students are taking part in a unique UK pilot scheme which is raising awareness of careers in Optometry.

The Year 9 Citizenship students received a visit from Specsavers staff, who are running specialist workshops at just 10 schools across the UK.

Gemma Drake, Early Careers Manager for Specsavers, said: "There is a shortage of Optometrists in the UK, and particularly in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, and by coming into schools and running workshops we hope to give students an insight into Optometry to help them to consider it as a career."

Gemma was assisted by Specsavers staff, Grace Eddington-Jukes and Alexandra Batten. Grace (18) attended Cleethorpes Academy and is an Apprentice Optical Assistant at the Cleethorpes branch. She is hoping to start training as an optician.

"When Tollbar took over running Cleethorpes Academy I got much better grades at GCSE than I expected, which definitely helped me get the apprenticeship at Specsavers,” she said.

Alexandra (24) is an Optometrist at Specsavers in their Grimsby and Cleethorpes branches. After taking GCSEs at Tollbar Academy, she studied A Levels and then went to university at Manchester to study Optometry.


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Tollbar Academy Year 9 students, (l-r) Daniel Thain, Charlotte Baron and Ella Hepworth, all aged 13, with Gemma Drake (right), Grace Eddington-Jukes (left) and Alexandra Batten (centre) from Specsavers.


"It's good to be back. I'm now fully qualified and enjoying my career. I enjoyed my time at Tollbar Academy very much, she said.

“I hope that seeing Grace and I will encourage other students at Tollbar Academy to consider Optometry as a future career.”

Tollbar Academy Year 9 student, Tom Cullen (13), said: “This is really interesting and not something we might necessarily have thought about before this workshop.”