At Queen Elizabeth High School, we value the contribution that business and employer links can make to support the wider personal development of our students.  Research shows that students who have meaningful encounters with employers throughout their school life are less likely to progress as a NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). The rich tapestry of employers across the North -east region can play a significant role in ignite sparks of aspiration and motivation for the next generation of workers.

Do you think your company could support the careers programme at Queen Elizabeth High School?

If the answer the above question is yes, perhaps you could support us in some of the following ways:

  • Develop bespoke workshop sessions for pupils set in our school setting. This could be thematic talks, project initiatives or competitions
  • Encourage your employees/apprenticeships to share their experiences with our pupils.
  • Attend and/or assemblies throughout the year or during National Careers Week during March.
  • Contribute towards our extra-curricular programme (lunchtime or after school).

If you would like to get involved in our careers programme please contact Paul Freeman-Myers (Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development at Hexham Middle and Careers Leader for Hadrian Learning Trust) on 01434610300 or email to

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Enterprise Adviser

Who is our Enterprise Adviser (EA) at QEHS?

Nigel Mushens

McDonald’s Franchisee, Managing Director

I was born in Sunderland and lived and went to school in Houghton-le-Spring until I was 18. I was the first member of my family to go to university. Following graduation I returned to the North East to commence a career in banking as a graduate trainee. The business was growing rapidly, which gave me lots of opportunities. I operated in executive roles for many years, including as National Sales Director and Savings Director with a team of up to 3,000 colleagues in UK branches, call centres, field sales and head office operations. I was also responsible for operations in the Republic of Ireland, Guernsey and Denmark. I became a franchisee for McDonald’s restaurants in 2013 and currently operate a group of 7 restaurants, employing 700 people in the North East.

I decided to become an Enterprise Adviser to assist young people to realise their potential, share my experience of working life and be a good neighbour.