Heanor Gate decides to convert into an academy

A DECISION has been made to convert Heanor Gate Science College into an academy.

The school’s governors have approved a formal application to make the switch.

It is expected to happen on Tuesday, November 1.

The issue was discussed and voted upon at a meeting of the school’s full governing body earlier this month.

Rob Howard, headteacher at the Kirkley Drive school, said in a letter to parents: “The decision has not been taken lightly, and comes after a year and a half of consultations, discussions and debate with staff, students, parents and, of course, professional associations, trade unions and the wider community.

“We are entirely satisfied that this decision is the right and proper one for the future of Heanor Gate Science College, its staff, students and parents.

“We are looking forward to continuing to offer an inclusive learning environment for students of all abilities, as well as challenging all our students to achieve their maximum potential.

“In short, all involved can now look forward to a continued ‘outstanding’ future and to working together to make our college and our students’ achievements even better in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the governors, Andrew Collington, is stepping down from his role because his term of office has ended.

Mr Howard said: “Andrew has done a magnificent job of leading us through this process, but his term of office will expire before we can convert.”

Barry Ashmore has been elected to act as interim head of governors.

The school is hosting an open evening tonight, Thursday, between 6pm and 9pm, for pupils in years five and six at primary school, their parents, and other interested visitors.