Lucy Philips - Careers Lead

I am the Careers Lead for HLC Secondary. I’m also a teacher; Head of Business & Enterprise – so hopefully, I’ll get to meet lots of students at least during Key Stage 4.

As the Careers Lead, its my job to offer a complete Careers Programme. This means our programme needs to offer something for all students from Year 7 to Year 11. Our programme pledges to:

  • We want all students – whatever their needs - to have at least one meaningful meeting with an employer, for every year they are in school.
  • We want all subjects to demonstrate how specific jobs and careers uses the skills students are being asked to develop.
  • We want all students to complete a work experience placement when they’re in Year 10.
  • We want all students to understand the range of learning opportunities open to them when they live Year 11.
  • We want all Year 11s to have access to personal careers guidance and will offer the same to any student who is an early-bird career planner whatever year group they’re in.

For general Careers programme questions; please email
Any specific query, please email

Phil Thompson - Assistant Head, Careers

Within my role of Assistant Head Teacher - Personal Development, I am the Senior Leader linked to the Careers programme at HLC. It is essential that we are educating and developing our students, so they are fully ready to move onto the next stage of their education, training or employment. Since the introduction of the Gatsby Benchmarks in 2018, we have transformed Careers Education at HLC. Our students our able to make the correct decisions about their future, have developed the skills and qualities that we know employers and post 16 education require to be successful, whilst also increasing the ambitions and motivation of our students for their futures.

Working with a team of staff to engage, support and monitor student destinations, we ensure that all of our students enter into post 16 education, training or employment for the 12 months after they leave HLC. This team of staff also works with me to deliver our NEET reduction programme. This focuses on an identified cohort of students in Year 9, 10 and 11. Individual case studies are maintained for each student to initiate support, guidance and mentoring programmes that will ensure those students are successfully engaged in education, employment or training when they leave HLC.

I chose the following GCSEs:

Design and Technology: Resistant Materials, Art, Geography, French, alongside English, English Lit, Science - Double Award.

After GCSEs, my A Level subjects were Design and Technology, Art, Geography and General Studies.

I completed a degree at UWIC, Cardiff – in Industrial Design. 

For general Careers programme questions; please email
Any specific query, please email

Claire Lockley - Careers & WEX Administrator

I organise the Careers programme calendar. This involves booking venues, confirming providers are attending HLC events, managing online presence for HLC Careers and anything else which throws itself across the Careers pathway. 

All the forms from Year 10 come back to me. I am the key person who sorts the Green Forms; liaises with Telford & Wrekin Council for employer insurance and liaises with employers for current placements and the following year’s placements.

I chose the following GCSEs:

German, French, History, Physics, Biology and Chemistry as well as English and Maths for GCSE.  I then went to Sixth Form College to study English Literature, French and History A levels.
Following that, I spent a year at a different college where I took the RSA Diploma for Personal Assistants - this course included Economics, Business Studies, Law and Secretarial Skills.  My degree was in English and History.

Any queries please email
Any specific query, please email

Leia Winch - Future Focus Careers Advisor

My name is Leia and I am one of the Careers Advisers based at Hadley Learning Community. My main role is to meet with Year 11s and help them make decisions about their future career paths. Besides this, I meet up with children in care and students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) from Year 9 onwards.
I have a passion for careers education and raising aspirations, which stemmed from my own childhood experiences.

I chose the following GCSEs: French, German, Geography and Food Technology alongside my core subjects, which were English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, ICT and Religious Studies.
I studied A Level Combined English, French and Geography.
I studied BA (Hons) English and Social Policy at the University of Wolverhampton.

I have worked in education since 2005 and have completed a further two qualifications; Level 4 Learning, Development and Support Services (LDSS) and the Level 6 Careers Diploma.

Away from work, I enjoy watching many sports and I am a fan of Liverpool FC.

Jennifer Roberts - Future Focus Careers Advisor

Meet our Careers Team

Helen Bruce - Enterprise Advisor, Dyke Yaxley

Helen joined Dyke Yaxley in 1983 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, became a Director in 1991.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Restaurants and Public Houses
  • Property and Service Sector
  • Human Resources and Training

I chose the following GCSEs: 

Maths, English Language, English Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology and French.
I won a scholarship to go to an International Sixth Form in South Wales where I did the International Baccalaureate, instead of A Levels, which made you take a broad range of subjects. 
There I studied Maths, Further Maths, English, French, Physics and Economics as well as getting involved in Community Services and Arts. This left my options very open. 
I then went on to do a degree in Economics in Coventry.
I finally ended up training to be an Accountant, which I still am. 

I look after a wide portfolio of clients comprising individuals, partnerships and companies, specialising in a variety of sectors including restaurants and public houses and the property and service sector.  I also have responsibilities as Human Resources Director and offer external HR support for clients.
Away from work, I am a keen follower of rugby and cricket and when time permits, I enjoy getting out into the countryside to improve my fly fishing skills

For general Careers programme questions; please email

Mrs Caroline Welson - Governor

I’m extremely honoured to be a governor at HLC, the schools unwavering passion to put the needs of their pupils first is inspirational. Their willingness to challenge inequality and ensure every child receives high quality teaching, which is complemented by a rich curriculum that caters for the childrens’ individual needs is something to be proud of and something I strongly believe in. I hope to advise the school regarding the post 16 sector and support them in their mission to ensure every young person has the opportunity and support to reach their full potential.