01 March 2018


Today marks the annual celebration of reading, authors, illustrators, and of course books! In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind and is celebrated in 100 countries all over the world. This year the English department have organised the busiest World Book Day HGSC can remember, with an array of activities to join in with;

  • Read Around the World

Reading Challenge open to all staff and students. Students read as many books as they can from a specially selected list and complete a 'Passport' that is available from the Library. House points for everyone involved, and prizes for those who travel the furthest!

  • Reading chain

All teaching staff will be given a short story that is broken into chunks. Teachers will read a section at the beginning of each lesson so that over the course of the day, everyone hears a full story!

  • Book trail competition

Posters will be displayed around school with images/clues to a book title and author. Students should complete as many as they can and hand in their sheet to be put into a prize draw to win a £10 WHSmith voucher.

  • Quizzes in the Library all week for any classes booked in.

The £1 book tokens are also available from the Library for years 8-13.

  • 100 million minutes

A national competition encouraging schools to 'bank' as many minutes as possible reading on World Book Day.

  • Finally, the theme of this year's celebration is 'Flying High'

Mrs Terry is asking classes in the library to make a paper aeroplane, write on a review/favourite book/favourite line, for example. These will then be hung from the ceiling as a display.



If you would like any further information about World Book Day, please head over to their website -



27 February 2018


This year the PEPA department are organising two activities to raise money for Sports Relief;

  • Week Beginning 19 March - Sports Relief Mile

Every student in school will be given the opportunity to raise money for Sports Relief by walking, jogging or even walking for one mile during their timetabled PE lesson. Sponsorship forms can be collected from the PE office. 

  • Friday 23 March - Staff vs Sixth Form Charity Football Match

Our usual Staff vs Sixth Form match will be held at the Heanor Town Footclub Club and tickets will cost 50p which can be bought in advance from the PE office or reception. Hopefully we can make it another successful event with a staff win!



12 February 2018


Following the success of last year's school show, the performing arts faculty knew that this year they needed to put together a show that was even more fun and energetic than the last, so the 80s seemed like the perfect destination.

Set during their final year at William Ocean High School, the graduating class, played by our talented students, experienced the fun, heartbreak, love, and loneliness of growing up, all to a soundtrack of 80s classics such as 'Mickey' by Toni Basil and 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' by Bonnie Tyler.

For months students worked tirelessly to perfect their dance moves, their American accent, and their lines, not to mention memorising a set list of song lyrics, often spending most nights after school practising in the hall with Mrs Shuttleworth. 


Their hard work paid off; the show was a sell-out, with nearly 500 people in the audience across three performances, all giving raving reviews about how much they'd enjoyed the experience.

The PE department also contributed by selling refreshments during the intervals, the proceeds of which, along with the profits from ticket sales, have gone to the Heanor Gate Production Account.


To view the show’s programme please click here


08 February 2018


Tuesday 6 February saw the second Immersion Day of the year. The day was very successful with many outside providers coming in to school to work with the students, all of whom were off-timetable for the day attending sessions and workshops all over the school site. Below is a list of what activities each year group partook in;


  • Year 7s experienced higher education at universities
  • Year 8s learnt about health matters and their future career options
  • Year 9s were involved in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development 
  • Year 10s spent spending the day doing all-things Romeo & Juliet
  • Year 11s completed cross-curricular skills in Maths and Science, some students were involved in English and Languages
  • Post 16 - Year 12 took part in a Young Driver Education Programme and Year 13 students were on a workshop carousel based on 'Life Post 18'

Miss Tyers, Achievement Leader for Post 16 and the organiser of the day, has thanked the staff and students for embracing the day, stating ‘I think it is extremely valuable for students to stop, reflect and gain perspective. Having the opportunity to interact with outside providers, with content and topics not usually covered is, I believe is essential.’.




04 February 2018


Miss Tate & the Y8 students were busy before Christmas sending letters to people who inspire them the most, their heroes! Sir David Attenborough was a popular choice with the students so his personalised responses were well received. Here are a few of the replies the students had;


31 January 2018


In science we have decided to purchase the Tassomai online science study programme for all students to use. Students have had the opportunity to access this programme initially on a free trial basis and, as a result of positive feedback from students, we have decided to continue the programme.

It is designed for students to use both inside and outside of lesson time as a resource to build confidence, reinforce knowledge and accelerate progress, tailored specifically to both of the science courses we offer at GCSE level.

It has so far proved successful with results showing that last week Year 11 completed nearly 84,000 question; a great start for their revision.

Parent/Carers will receive a weekly update of their son’s/daughter’s Progress Wheel via email which will show the colour red if a student is behind schedule, amber if they are trailing, green if they are on target or blue if they are ahead of schedule.

If you wish to know more information about this programme, please contact Dr Heald at or click the links below.


16 January 2018


Over recent months Mr Fretwell has been working hard to produce a frequent newsletter on behalf of the PEPA department (Physical Education & Performing Arts). It contains information about awards, dates of fixtures and information about the upcoming school show.

Each edition has been emailed out to parent/carers using our paperless contact system; If you have missed one of these copies they are available to view below. 


15 January 2018


Year 9s are currently going through the process of choosing their options for their future studies. For more information about the Pathways and what this means, please click here


10 January 2018


GCSE, BTEC, and A2 Certificates, from the academic year 2016/17, can now be collected from reception.

These must be collected by students and signed for. Alternatively they can be collected by a nominated person with a signed and dated note from the student.


22 December 2017


Thursday 21 December saw this year's annual Christmas Jumper and Christmas Dinner Day which, without doubt, got the students (and staff!) into the festive spirit. So far the event has raised over £800 for the charity 'Save the Children', thanks to the generosity of the HGSC community, with the total still increasing as we are continuing to collect donations.

We hope all of our students and their families have a very Merry Christmas and a long, relaxing break ready for a great start in the New Year.


23 November 2017


I just want to let as many people know that I will be doing a sponsored bike race for Macmillan Cancer support next July in the French Alps called L'Etape Du Tour. The event is a fully supported and organised race that follows the same route as the Tour De France Stage a couple of weeks before.

The course and profile is one of the hardest ever used for an amateur race so I see this as a fitting challenge to raise money for Macmillan, a charity that has helped my family and friends over recent years. I have to collect over £650 for the charity just to take part in the event and this is why I’m asking for support from you!

The course is 105 miles long with 5 mountains to ascend (4000m/13100ft of climbing) and has 14,000 participants from all over the world. My aim is to finish with a time that will place me between 2000-3000th place.


Reasons for my participation

Macmillan Support is a charity I feel is one of the most helpful, dedicated and incredible charities in the country for helping those with cancer. I have seen a number of times how this charity provides such incredible care for loved ones and family associates in their hours of need or struggle. 

As some of you know I am also doing a 7 day event in the Alps in August called the Haute Route and this will be the biggest challenge I will have faced in my life. This Etape Du Tour race a month before the Haute Route will enable me to see how my training has progressed throughout the year and what final preparations I will need to make.


Haute Route Profile – Alps 2018, 750 miles over 7 days with 21 mountains to ascend (25,000m/85,000ft)


Please donate by going to or by picking up a sponsership form from me at school. 


Thank you

Mr Johnson

PE Teacher


20 November 2017


Joseph McCluskey, a student who graduated HGSC Sixth Form this year with outstanding success, has won an award for his performance in the recent Salters Horners Advanced Physics examination.  Joseph gained one the highest marks in the exam along with four other candidates and will receive a certificate with an impressive cheque for his achievement.

Joseph and Mr Epie-Nanje, one of Joseph’s physics teachers, have been invited to The Salters’ Institute Annual Awards Ceremony at Salters’ Hall, London, at which Joseph will be awarded by The Rt Hon The Lord Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Honorary Freeman of the Salters’ Company. This annual event is an opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements in science education by students and technicians.


09 October 2017 


Year 13 students currently carrying out "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" with Leicester University. The students are running Infra red spectroscopy of unknown samples and using their analytical skills to identify what has killed Mr Blue. #chemistryinaction 


21 September 2017


We are delighted to announce Ellie Derbyshire has won a £100 voucher for 100% attendance at Heanor Gate.
Ellie, a year 9 student, was selected at random from the 137 of our 100% attendance students who achieved 100% attendance during the academic year 2016-17.
Congratulations Ellie!


5 September 2017


We have been extremely lucky to have a complimentary ‘makeover’ outside J block. This was a community project run by MWH Globalwith materials provided by Buildbase, BS Specialist Products and Servomac.

The school feel very privileged to have been chosen for this project and are delighted with the results.


24 August 2017

"As the sixth form continues to grow I am thrilled to announce we have built on the success of previous cohorts.

We have again managed to secure 100% pass rate at A level with 29.6% of Level 3 qualifications being awarded the highest grades of A*/A or equivalent. In addition 49.8% of Level 3 qualifications were awarded A*-B or equivalent. A superb achievement in the current relatively unstable post 16 educational climate.

All of the students who received university offers have gone onto higher education at one of their chosen institutions and all students not applying to university have successfully moved into some form of education, employment or training.

The success is testament to the hard work of all the students and the dedication of the staff involved. With record applications into the sixth form next year,  this is another clear step and indication of Heanor Gate becoming an outstanding 11-18 centre which is integral to education in and around Derbyshire."
- Mr Stephen Huntington, Principal


07 July 2017


Early last year Samantha Fretwell in Year 9 attended some Archery after school sessions. Since then she joined the Aequus Archers Club and after only five weeks was invited to compete in a competition in Leicester. Within the first six months of learning to shoot Samantha was awarded the Junior Master Bowman status and has been invited to shoot at the Junior Masters Competition in August. Check out nz online pokies and find the best! Recently she attended Lilleshall, the sports centre for England, in the National Outdoor Championships and has again achieved Junior Bowman Status by scoring very high scores at three records status shoots.

Samantha has been selected to shoot for Derbyshire and on the 23rd of July she will be competing as a top member of the Derbyshire team. She is also now competing for the region and will be shooting as part of the East Midlands Archery Society Team (EMAS)

Shooting for County first year, County and region second year.......England next?

All this from attending one after school club!

Well done Samantha!


06 July 2017


Heanor Gate CCF were honoured to have Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE, Commandant Air Cadets visit the contingent as the reviewing officer for their Biennial Inspection on Thursday. The Commandant inspected the cadets, took the salute on the march past and then listed to the presentations prepared by the cadets about the contingent. The afternoon was a great success and the Commandant, staff and parents were very impressed by the cadets.



03 July 2017


Our year 9 catering students have successfully passed the Sainsbury's 2* and 3* Chef Awards.

With this year’s theme of ‘International Cuisine’ the students had one hour to prepare, cook and serve a main course dish and all its accompaniments.  Many of the students made their own naan breads, poppadoms, salsa, guacamole, garlic bread or spicy wedges to accompany their main course dish with some students starting as early as 8:15am (or working through break) to achieve a higher grade! Students achieved grades of up to Distinction + for their practical examination and will be awarded with a certificate from Sainsbury's once the supporting written work has been assessed.

The students are now continuing to work towards the Sainsbury’s 4* Chef Award.


28 June 2017


Well done to William Broom in Year 7 who has written and published his first book - The Adventures of Harrison and William.

William read extracts of his book to his classmates and they all agreed that it was fantastic! As a result his achievement on display in the English Block Hall of Fame!

For more information click here.

If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy of the book please contact school, there is also a copy available for students to read in the Library. 

We are all delighted with Williams achievement and we look forward to reading more of his books in the future! 


17 May 2017


In April our Y7 & Y8 students took part in the Junior Maths Challenge with amazing results; many students achieved a bronze, silver or gold award. Two Y8 students, Jennifer Brazel and Lizzie Moore, have qualified for the Junior Kangaroo follow on round, with only a few thousand nationally achieveing this. Maths teacher, Mr Cross, commented "It's the first time I recall having more than one student qualify for a follow on round!"- well done girls!

Further congratulations go to Sam Holt in Y10 who competed in the Pink Kangaroo round, attaining a merit qualification - only 25% of pupils get such a great result. Sam has also accepted a place at the 43rd National Mathematics Summer School to take place in July in Leeds, a week long residential designed for young people with an interest in mathematics, where he will be amongst 48 other high achieving mathematics students. Well done!


2 February 2017


The English department and Year 7 ventured from Heanor Gate to Hogwarts and The World of Harry Potter on the January immersion day. They followed in Harry's footsteps, visiting the Great Hall, exploring behind the scenes, seeing the sets, costumes and special effects that bring the brilliant books to life.


2 February 2017


On Tuesday 24 January 2017 Computing and Business Sixth Form students at Heanor Gate Science College enjoyed a fantastic opportunity to step inside the state-of-the-art manufacturing process to see how the iconic Land Rover is manufactured at the Solihull factory.


20 December 2016


During December 8LB did a 'reverse Advent calendar'; instead of opening gifts themselves they assigned a day to every member of the tutor group to each bring in an item of food. The end result was a fantastic food hamper to donate to a local homeless shelter in Ilkeston. Well done 8LB.



09 December 2016


On 2 December we held a non-uniform day raising a total of £1082 which has been donated to the local charity, YMCA Derby. The charity aims to deliver high quality housing accommodation, support, information and advice, with the aim of making a positive difference to young people, in order for them to achieve their potential as empowered individuals. Here’s an insight into how the money will help;

•           £2.50 buys a proper meal for one of their residents

•           £50 is the cost of preparing a room for a new resident

•           £100 buys a furniture pack for a resident moving into their own place

•           £208 is the cost of a week’s housing and catering for a homeless person

We would like to say a huge thank you to the students, their families, and the staff at HGSC for their contributions.