Staff & Governors  


    Principal Mr S Huntington
    Senior Vice Principal Mrs A Cooper
    Vice Principal Mr D Bradshaw
    Vice Principal Mr D Hudson
    Vice Principal & Head of Sixth Form Mr M Jones
    Vice Principal Mrs K Roberts
    SENDCO & Designated Lead for Safeguarding    Mrs J Sisson
    School Business Manager Mrs C Brighton
    PA to the Principal Mrs K Broderick

    To contact the Achievement Teams please click on the name below to send an email

    Year 7  
    Achievement Leader Mrs C Graham
    Assistant Achievement Leader Mr M Stoddart
    Year 8  
    Achievement Leader Mr M Tyler
    Assistant Achievement Leader    Mrs E Allen
    Year 9  
    Achievement Leader Miss J Lee
    Assistant Achievement Leader Mrs N Wainwright
    Year 10  
    Achievement Leader Mr S Phillips
    Assistant Achievement Leader Mrs S Coleman
    Year 11  
    Achievement Leader Miss G Tyers
    Assistant Achievement Leader Mr G Barker
    Sixth Form  
    Achievement Leader Mr M Jones
    Assistant Achievement Leader Mrs A Dobrzycki

    To contact the Achievement Teams please click on the name below to send an email

    Computing & Business  
    Curriculum Team Leader    Mrs R Till
    Design Technology & Visual Arts     
    Curriculum Team Leader Mrs T Mosley
    Acting Curriculum Team Leader Mrs K Cook
    Curriculum Team Leader Mrs C Harris
    Curriculum Team Leader Miss D Crichton
    Modern Foreign Languages  
    Curriculum Team Leader KS3 Miss K Hill
    Curriculum Team Leader KS4 & 5 Mrs S Huntington
    Physical Education & Performing Arts     
    Curriculum Team Leader Mr A Stanley
    Curriculum Team Leader Mrs G Heald
    Social Sciences  
    Curriculum Team Leader Mr M Conway
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Welcome to the Governors section of Heanor Gate Science College, we do hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and learning more about us.

In this section you will find out more about who we are and the work of the Local Governing Body at our School. It's important to understand what it is the Governors of our school do and the simplest way to describe is taken from the Department for Education's Governance Handbook:

The core functions of a Governing Body are:



The Handbook was last updated in January 2017.

In addition, we:

  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • Appoint and conduct the performance management of the Principal.
  • Agree the school's improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budges and staffing structures.
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Principal, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.
  • Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to Ofsted reports as necessary.

For the Spring Term 2017, we will be focusing on:

  • Our statutory duties and strategic planning including progress against school priorities; reviewing admission arrangements, policies and Governor school visits/monitoring;
  • Tracking the progress being made of all our students in terms of our expectations and targets, across all the year groups and with different groups of pupils;
  • The school's processes for reviewing the safety, behaviour and personal development of students including attendance;
  • Reviewing Stakeholder views;
  • Starting the planning process for next year's budget looking at the staffing structure needed to develop a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of our students;

During the Autumn Term 2016, we focused on:

  • Our statutory duties and strategic planning for the forthcoming year including elections, reviewing terms of reference and confirming our monitoring framework;
  • 2016 Performance Information/Data – looking at how our students did compared to national expectations.
  • The school's strategy for the use of the forthcoming Pupil Premium, Year 7 Catch Up Funding and Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND) Funding that the school receives;
  • Approval of the School Improvement Plan – ensuring our strategic direction and school priorities are accurate and reflect data and stakeholder views.
  • Ensuring that performance management and appraisals were conducted for all staff.
  • Reviewing the finances for the school
  • Reviewing safeguarding arrangements.

We discussed a range of other ongoing themes such as Health & Safety, Policies and determining our role in external reviews such as Challenge Partners.

Chairs Development

Our Chair meets with other Chairs in The Spencer Academies Trust and provides a feedback report to the Directors of the Trust on the work of the LGB, including celebrations and challenges. This network provides the opportunity to find out what's new and what the expectations are on Governors going forward – both from the Trust, Government and Ofsted. The Chair is also undergoing the Leadership Development Programme for Chairs which will be completed by Summer 2017. This also provides an opportunity for our Chair to network, learn and share with others across the region.

We will be working with the Trust to review the latest information published on governance:

  • The Department for Education's Draft 'A Competency Framework for Governance - the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for effective governance' to ensure that we are a truly effective Local Governing Body. We will look at this when conducting our own self-evaluation process of the governors.
  • Ofsted's 'Improving Governance - governance arrangements in complex and challenging circumstances', December 2016 - to look at the key findings and ensure that we are learning from best practice and preparing ourselves for the future.

Governor Training

Since September 2016, Governors have completed training or updates on:

  • Safeguarding / FGM / Prevent / Safer recruitment
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – to keep abreast of latest legislation
  • Induction - Effective Governance - which is an induction/refresher on the role of school governor;
  • Inspection Dashboard - how to interpret the performance data
  • Preparing for an external review/inspection.
  • Conducting a School Visit.
  • Health & Safety – the role of Governors.

Governor Membership

The Trust has supported our school with memberships to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association (FASNA) networks to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible with any changes in policy and/or legislation in school governance.

New Governors

  • Spring Term 2017 - we welcomed 3 new Parent Governors: Kate Hogwood, Ian Miller and Gemma Petrie
  • Autumn Term 2016 – we welcome 2 new Governors: Rebecca Baker, Staff and Sarah Ray (Community).


In September 2016 – we welcomed Kylie Burbage as our new Clerk to Governors. Our Clerk also attends the Trust's Clerks briefings and has access to a network of support through the Trust.



Please see list below of our Governors:

Rebecca Baker
Staff Governor
Oct 2016 - Sep 2020
Wayne Judson
Community Governor
Sep 2013 - Sep 2017
Ian Miller
Parent Governor
Jan 2017 - Jan 2021
Carole Brighton
Staff Governor
Sep 2013 - Sep 2017
Tracey Langton-Ballard
Parent Governor
Feb 2016 - Feb 2020
Gemma Petrie
Parent Governor
Jan 2017 - Jan 2021
Kate Hogwood
Parent Governor
Jan 2017 - Jan 2021
Steve Midgley
Community Governor
Dec 2015 - Nov 2019
Sarah Ray
Community Governor
Sep 2016 - Sep 2020


For details about our Chair & Vice-Chair of Governors - please contact the Clerk in the first instance.

Below you can download information about our Local Governing Body and the Trust's Schedule of Delegation:

Further information about the Trust's governance arrangements can be found on the Spencer Academies Trust website here.

If you would like to correspond with our Chair of Governors, contact can be made by email at




Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or concerns...


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