Progress at special measures school

Heanor Gate Science College Rob Howard headteacher
Heanor Gate Science College Rob Howard headteacher

A parents’ forum will discuss plans for a ‘sponsorship’ move at secondary school Heanor Gate Science College, as it fights to gets out of ‘special measures’.

The school, on Kirkley Drive, is to become part of the ‘outstanding’ George Spencer Academy Trust, in a bid to get out of special measures, imposed by education watchdog Ofsted.

Heanor Gate Science College

Heanor Gate Science College

The forum will be chaired by the executive principal of George Spencer Trust, 
Susan Jowett, who will answer questions from parents about the transition, due to take place in September.

The meeting will be held today, Thursday, July 3, at 6pm, in the school sixth form.

The forum comes after the school had a two-day 
second Ofsted inspection in June. This was the third since the school became subject to special 
measures following the initial inspection at the academy-status school in September.

The follow-up report, published on the school’s website, said it was making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.

Zarina Connolly, the
Government inspector assigned to Heanor Gate praised predicted examination results for Year 11 students, which suggest the proportion who will achieve five A* to C grades will exceed the national average this time.

It was also highlighted that the achievement of disabled students and those with 
special educational needs was considerably better than last year.

Despite this, serious 
concerns remained about the quality of teaching in 
English and science. It was 
reported that there is ‘too much teaching’, and not enough challenge for more-able students. Staffing in both 
departments had been unstable, it said, but school leaders had plans to ensure that by 
September both subject areas will be fully staffed and 
securely led.