Heanor Gate Science College

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Heanor Gate Science College
Heanor gate science college.jpg
Motto Aspire Learn Achieve
Established c. 1964
Type Academy
Principal Steve Huntington
Location Kirkley Drive
DE75 7RA
53°00′40″N 1°22′15″W / 53.01106°N 1.37081°W / 53.01106; -1.37081Coordinates: 53°00′40″N 1°22′15″W / 53.01106°N 1.37081°W / 53.01106; -1.37081
DfE URN 112993 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1337
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Former names Heanor Gate Comprehensive School
Heanor Gate School
Website www.heanorgate.org.uk

Heanor Gate Science College is a medium-sized secondary academy school and specialist Science College located in Heanor in the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire, England. Although in 2012 the school achieved an "outstanding" Ofsted report, in 2013 the school was downgraded to "inadequate", which resulted in the school being placed in special measures.


It opened in September 1964 as Heanor Gate County Secondary School, a secondary modern school being officially opened on June 19, 1965. In the 1990s, it became a grant maintained school. It became a foundation school, very similar to grant maintained status, and added a sixth form. In 2002, it gained Science College specialist status, the first in Derbyshire. This was incorporated into the school's name from October 2002. The school converted to an Academy in November 2011. The school then became part of the Spencer Academies Trust from September 2014.[1]

Former schools[edit]

Other schools that combined together to produce the school include Heanor Grammar School on Mundy Street, the William Howitt Secondary Modern School on Loscoe Road and Loscoe Road Girls Secondary Modern School. The former grammar school became the South East Derbyshire College in 1976.

School buildings[edit]

In February 2010 [2] the Art and Technology block (H block) suffered a devastating fire caused by an electrical fault, which resulted in the Art section of the building being completely destroyed. This section of the block was consequently removed and replaced with a covered work area for the construction students. The Art block was subsequently moved to the newly built N block. This block then received an extension in 2012.

In 2013 the Science block (F block) was completely refurbished to provide new and improved science facilities for the school.

The Sixth From block (S block) was also refurbished in 2014 to provide a larger space for the students and some new class rooms.

A new Student Support block (T block) was also constructed in 2014 to provide better facilities for students requiring educational support or help during school life from the school.


The school accepts children aged 11–16. The Post 16 Centre (Sixth Form) is for ages 16–18.

School buildings[edit]

The school has a total of 15 blocks, some part of the original school, although some are temporary buildings.[3]

A block- Admin and Reception

B block- Performing arts, PE, Hall and Gym

C block- Library, Careers & Support Centre

D block- Maths, English and Computer Suites

E block- Maths, English, Business and Computer Suites

F block- Sciences (Physics and Chemistry)

G block- Biology & Social Sciences

H block- Technology (part of the original art building was destroyed in the fire)

J block- Humanities

K block- Languages

L block- Beauty Salon, Achievement Centre and Computer Suites

M block- Music

N block- Art & Design

S block- Sixth Form Centre & Sociology

T block- Student Support

House system[edit]

The school currently has 5 houses named after Derbyshire's Stately Homes.

Chatsworth- Red, Haddon- Yellow, Hardwick- Green, Kedleston- Purple and Sudbury- Blue

Prior to this the school had 4 'houses' each one named after a person of note.

Royce House-Red, Shaftesbury House-Yellow, Pastuer House-Blue and Nightingale House-Green [4]

Academic performance[edit]

It gets GCSE results at about the average for comprehensive schools in England, but slightly below average for Derbyshire. A level results are slightly under the England average.


  1. ^ Heanor Gate website (History page)
  2. ^ http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/heanor-school-left-pick-pieces-multi-million-pound-blaze/story-11607500-detail/story.html
  3. ^ Heanor Gate Plan
  4. ^ former pupil

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