We have now received the final report from OFSTED following our inspection on 15 & 16 March and are pleased to inform you
we have received the judgement of GOOD.

This judgement is testament to the school improvement over the last 18 months and is well deserved recognition for all staff and students in their diligence and commitment in ensuring this improvement occurred.

Dame Susan Jowett, CEO of The Spencer Academies Trust, said:

"This 'Good' Ofsted judgement is truly well-deserved. It is a tribute to the drive and talent of the new Principal, Steve Huntington, who has raised the bar and set high standards and expectations. He has galvanised the collective effort of hard-working, dedicated staff - leaders, teachers and support staff - to achieve this fantastic result. Students have risen to the challenge and are incredibly proud of their school.

I would like to thank the parents/carers for their continued support. Parents/carers believe in the school and have been resolutely loyal, even through difficult periods. We said we'd soon be on the road to outstanding and this is the first great step towards that goal under a more demanding Ofsted framework. Well done everyone."

Stephen Huntington, Principal at Heanor Gate Science College, said:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents/carers for their continued support of both myself and the school in what has been a challenging transitional period. I hope that with this external validation will strengthen the reputation of
Heanor Gate in both the local and wider community.

I would also like to thank everyone associated with our school as it is the dedication of all our governors, staff and students along with the continued support of the Spencer Academies Trust that enables the school to provide a good education."


Nigel Mills, MP, said:

I am delighted to acknowledge the recent achievement at Heanor Gate School with their GOOD Grade from OFSTED. The Government has supported the transfer of schools to Trusts to result in improvements to students and this is a great example of the work of the leadership of the Spencer Academies Trust and of the Head of Heanor Gate. With this grade, it is real progress in improving academic attainment across the school and I look forward to monitoring their progress in the months and years ahead as they strive to reclaim the OUTSTANDING status they once had. The school still has places available both in the main school and sixth form for September 2017 and I would be delighted to recommend my constituents contact them if they are interested in their children attending”.

The full report is now available 



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