Learning @ HGSC 2020
7 September 2020
Please find a Learning @ HGSC video for each child's year group below by clicking the relevant link.
If you have any questions related to the content in the videos you can complete the relevant Google Form so we can try and answer these during our next pre-recorded Q&A sessions, scheduled for release during the week commencing 14 September (all questions should be submitted by Thursday 10 September at 3pm).
GCSE Results Day Statement
20 August 2020
Dear Year 11 students, parents/carers and wider school community
Due to Government guidelines and in order to keep everyone safe, results day will be running a little differently this year. As such, GCSE and Vocational results have been sent to students this morning.
As the Department for Education have agreed to the use of ‘centre assessed grades’, we feel that our students have been awarded fair grades requisite of their abilities, tenacity and hard work. The ‘algorithm model’ has still also been applied to these results and the grade students have received is the highest grade of the two. Approximately 2% of our CAGs have been upgraded. Although students have not sat formal examinations, the results they achieve should be celebrated as they are a reflection of students' performance and our judgement of what each student would have achieved if they had sat their examinations. Unfortunately OCR National grades will not be finalised until 25th August and Pearson BTEC outcomes have been delayed awaiting further review. At present all students have been given the CAG.
Our internal systems of tracking progress and standardising grade submission are second-to-none. Our ‘centre assessed grades’ were robustly checked at every stage and all signed off by myself after weeks of laser sharp scrutiny. They were also checked and verified by the secondary director and CEO of the trust. As a result of this, as Executive Principal I am fully aware of all grades and thus no conversations with any class teachers will be necessary. I have instructed staff not to engage in any individual conversations regarding grade submissions.
Although there has been much uncertainty leading up to this, one constant is the support and guidance we will provide to students to prepare them for the next steps in further education. Students have been contacted personally today to ensure they have the next step information and the Senior Leadership Team will be in school throughout the day should any further guidance be required. Please contact my PA Elizabeth Pearce (E.Pearce@heanorgate.derbyshire.sch.uk) with any queries you may have.
This cohort of students have had a very disruptive and difficult year but hopefully these results will give them an opportunity to move onto the next stage of their lives and make the future their own. It has been a great pleasure working with all of the students over the last five years and supporting them to grow into the confident and aspiring young adults they are now.
I want to publicly thank all of the staff and students who have had to endure this situation for their professionalism and empathy for one another throughout. Never before has the team spirit and togetherness of this school community been stronger.
On behalf of all the staff, we look forward to welcoming back those students who have chosen Heanor Gate Science College for Sixth Form in September. For those students who are moving on, we wish you the best of luck.
Thank you for your ongoing support and enjoy the remainder of your summer break.
Level 3 Results Day Statement
13 August 2020
Dear Y13 students, parents/carers and wider school community
We have begun to share the Level 3 results this morning with students and families and as you will all be aware this year’s unprecedented situation has left a system in flux. I am delighted to say that many of our students have been awarded fair grades requisite of their abilities, tenacity and hard work. Also, and much more importantly, the vast majority of our students have grades that will allow them to move onto the next stage of their journey whatever that may be. Our main body of work today and over the coming days is to ensure that every single student has that sorted and that will be the number one priority of the school’s leadership. However, as you will undoubtedly be aware, the policy and 11th hour change of policy has led to some confusion around what grades the students will eventually end up with. Ofqual themselves have stated this morning that guidance on mock results/appeals will not be available until next week.
As I write this at 7am on Thursday morning the national picture is suggesting that 40% of teacher grades have been changed. HGSC are in line with that figure and therefore there will be some work to do on appeals when the guidance and protocol of appeals are published. Our internal systems of tracking and standardising grade submission is second to none and our ‘centre assessed grades’ were robustly checked at every stage and all signed off by myself after weeks of laser sharp scrutiny.
This cohort of students are the best I’ve ever worked with and we have what I regard as an ‘exceptional cohort’ as well as some amazing individual students that have clearly been affected by a national algorithmic system that shows no recognition of that.
I have little doubt that there will be more national debate and decision changing over the course of the next few days and therefore we implore patience regarding this. As soon as there is a structure in place, myself, the senior leadership team and the post 16 team will be in full communication with you.
As the proud Principal of those students and this school I will ensure that every opportunity to challenge this injustice is seen through to the end. As I stated earlier the most important part of this is now making sure no doors have been closed and that all of our students are secure in their plans for September.
Finally I want to publicly thank all of the staff and students that have had to endure this situation for their professionalism and empathy for one another throughout. Never before has the team spirt and togetherness of this school community been stronger.
Enjoy the rest of summer and I will be in touch as soon as the DFE/Ofqual provide some structure and clarity for the next steps.
16 July 2020
All students from Y6 to Y9 are invited to take part in our Summer Read-A-Long in which, everyday from Monday 20th July, students will be able to log on to Google Classroom to find videos to watch and listen.
The read-a-long is our response to some recently published research into the impact of being read to, and how this can accelerate students' progress in literacy. The study found that when students were read two novels, one after the other and read to for at least 20 minutes per day, on average their progress in literacy improved by 9 months.
We’d appreciate your support in encouraging your child to take part. There is no requirement to purchase copies of the novels unless you’d like to, and further details will be posted on Google Classroom tomorrow.
Introducing Our New Head Boy & Head Girl!
8 July 2020
Following a series of online interviews for Head Boy and Head Girl, Mr Tyler is delighted to be able to announce the following outcomes for the next academic year:
Head Boy - Alfie Woods
Head Girl - Kelsey Rowley
Deputy Head Boy - Alex Baines
Deputy Head Girl - Daisy Slater
The other shortlisted students were; Kullen Moss, James Brewster, Emily Garton, Leia Flinders, and Olivia Horsley, who will also take up positions of additional responsibility.
The quality of the presentations and interviews were excellent and they should all be really proud of how well they did.
The Year 10 Achievement Team are looking forward to working with all of the students in their new senior positions as they move forward next year.
Year 12 Phased-Return Week 1
19 June 2020
This week we were delighted to welcome back on site the majority of our Year 12 cohort in small groups for face to face sessions with subject staff. The reduced group sizes, social distancing measures and one way systems in place across the site made it feel very different but the week was incredibly purposeful. It was great to see staff and students back in classrooms for impactful face to face sessions, consolidating and accompanying the distance learning that continues to take place.
High quality distance learning via Google Classroom and Google Meets will continue over the coming weeks, and although final details are to be confirmed, it remains our intention for another round of Year 12 face to face sessions to take place during the w/c 13 July 2020. The Sixth Form team will be in touch directly with students and parents/carers to confirm these arrangements.
Five HGSC Students Could Save Lubricant Developers Thousands!
19 May 2020
Five of our Year 12 students have spent recent months working on a project to develop an improved clean air ventilation system for the Hazelwood, Derby branch of Lubrizol UK, a company that specialises in the making of chemical lubricants.
The brief for the new system was that it had to be just as efficient as one currently in place whilst minimising the amount of down-time, increasing productivity.
The project, which was part of the STEM based initiative ‘Engineering Education Scheme’, involved students working with an industrial link to develop real life engineering problem-solving skills. This scheme is very much valued by the engineering departments at universities so our participating students, who are of the most academic in their year, jumped at the opportunity to take part.
Students visited Lubrizol at the start of the project to be briefed on the problem; then were able to visit Loughborough University for a two day residential experience to make use of their engineering facilities to build anything required to help provide a solution.
Whilst working on their projects, the students were teamed up alongside a group of university students already on placement at Lubrizol whilst David Moss, the Senior Mechanical Engineer, supervised them.
Sadly the students were only able to complete 90% of the project before coronavirus put a halt to things, which also meant the students weren’t able to present their full solution at Cranmore Park in Birmingham as planned. Instead they completed their work together online.
Mr Moss sounded very impressed by the ability of our students, explaining their working solution, which involved increasing fan numbers in the product testing engine cells from two up to seven, could save the company thousands of lost pounds every year due to lost productivity, which can occur when the fans need maintenance and the cells have to shut down. He is keen to install our students’ innovation in the future.
We now wish them the best of luck to see where they come placed in the final judging at the end of the month.
To read the article in AmberValley.info click here
Chef From Luxury Resort Visits HGSC
30 January 2020
On Tuesday 28 January we were lucky enough to welcome a chef from Morley Hayes who visited HGSC’s Catering department to demonstrate his culinary prowess to our students, with a particular focus on the impact well-presented food can have.
Jack, a Sous Chef in the Dovecote restaurant at the luxury resort, certainly inspired the Y10 Hospitality and Catering students with his creations, with Mrs Wainwright, Y10 Assistant Achievement Leader, even commenting she has never seen the class so quiet whilst in awe of his work.
Various techniques were shown to the students which they were able to have a go at themselves, contributing to the finished dishes produced which can be seen below.
This was a great opportunity for students to explore the endless possibilities of the presentation of food within the catering industry, and we sincerely thank Jack for taking the time to come and visit, and hope to welcome him back soon.
For more information on our Hospitality and Catering course, please click here - DTVA Curriculum Overview
HGSC Helps Vulnerable with Huge Donation
21 January 2020
Back in December we held a Christmas Jumper Day to celebrate the upcoming holidays and we asked students to provide a contribution of £1 to go to charity for the occasion.
The charity of choice was Padley Group, a charity based in Derby which provides vulnerable people with housing and support, and today we had the pleasure of handing over the final amount, a staggering £915!
Kerry Collyer, the Marketing, Fundraising & Events Co-Ordinator for Padley Group, visited HGSC today to collect the cheque from Mr Huntington, the Head Boy and Head Girl, and she was very impressed after seeing the total, explaining school events such as Christmas Jumper days normally only raise £50-£100.
The large figure is of course down to the #TeamHeanor community coming together for a worthy cause and we thank students and their families for their generosity. The money will without doubt make a difference to the lives of many vulnerable people in Derby.
Pictured above: Kerry from Padley Group holding her newly donated cheque, along with Head Boy Harry, Head Girl Lizzie and Mr Huntington, Executive Principal.
Children Vote in Election First!
13 December 2019
Over the last two weeks students have refined their political ideologies in a HGSC first, as this December we have held our very own election.
Arranged by Mr Amott, students in Year 7 – 11 were initially introduced to the idea of voting at school with year group assemblies which covered; why the general election was happening, the process of the election, the voting system, and the importance of voting.
Later in the week students read through the main manifesto policies within tutor groups without knowing whose party each belonged to. At the end of the exercise, students traced their preferred policies back to their respective parties to discover which party represents their views the most.
Students then voted for their desired party on election day (not their local MP as is the case in a general election, as students at HGSC come from four different constituencies!), to achieve as close to a real ballot station experience as possible.
With close to 1000 votes, 15 Sixth Formers volunteered to help total them and within a couple of hours the results were in and can be seen in the table below.
However, over in Sixth Form the atmosphere was even more political as students in Year 12 & 13 were asked to vote in a similar way to the lower school years, but this time the process included an invite to a live election debate. Held in the Common Room and arranged by Ben M in Year 13, he and three other students each represented a party they feel passionate about and fought to win people’s votes in an engaging discussion.
The election debate can be watched in its entirety here - 2019 HGSC Mock Election Debate - FULL
As you can see by the number of votes received in both elections, students really showed involvement in the whole process and enjoyed being able to have their voice heard, even if it was just a practise! It was also reassuring to hear conversations being had around school relating to the topics covered in the party manifestos leading up to the election and we hope students continue to take an interest in political issues.
Celebrating Christmas at HGSC
4 December 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at HGSC as we enter the run up to Christmas…
To kick start the final school week of 2019 we have the much-loved annual Christmas Concert. Families and friends of all HGSC students are welcome to join us in experiencing the talent of our musically gifted students performing in a school hall filled with festive charm just 9 days before the big day. We are sure there will be an opportunity to have a sing-along too! If you haven’t had the chance to come along before, now’s the time to put it in your diary; Monday 16 December at 6.30pm. Seats cost £3 and can be bought from reception or on your child’s ParentPay account.
As the end of the week approaches, students should dig out their jolliest Christmas attire ready for Festive Wear Day on Thursday 19 December. Students have the option of wearing anything from a t-shirt with added tinsel, a jazzy jumper, or even a full outfit to take part. We ask that students bring a £1 contribution with them on the day which we are hoping will help us to beat the total of just over £800 that we all helped to raise last year. Contributions will be shared between Padley Homeless Centre, a charity based in Derby to help vulnerable people, and P.A.C.E Derby who provide supported housing.
Due to the scheme’s previous success, and whilst everyone’s dressed in their best festive gear, we are once again offering students the chance to earn a free Christmas Dinner on Festive Wear Day. All students need to do to secure their turkey and trimmings is ensure they earn no B points, no late marks, and maintain a 100% attendance from 2 – 19 December. Who knows, Santa may even make an appearance two years in a row!
To end the week and the end of another great year, on Friday 20 December we have a full day of Christmas activities planned for all students to enjoy. These will include a performance of the Christmas Concert, the European Christmas Market, year group celebration assemblies and the Christmas decoration challenge. The market will include some basic stalls where students will be able to purchase small items, therefore it is recommended that students bring a small amount of cash with them on the day.
Students do not have to wear school uniform on the last day and will finish school at 1pm.
29 Novewmber 2019
At HGSC the students and staff are always thinking of ways to utilise the festive season, and all the generosity that comes with it, in order to give back to the community.
This year is no exception as we have two year groups who have separately organised to collect items to go towards food banks as this is the time of year their services are most in demand.
This year Mrs Boyles and the Y8 students, within their tutor groups, have decided to help by putting together ‘reverse advent calendars’ where each student will bring in an item of non-perishable goods to add to their collection, such as tinned food and items in sealed packets, so at least one item is added to the box every day. All eight gift packages will be delivered to Doorways Derby, a charity providing food and clothing to vulnerable members of the city just in time for Christmas.
A bit closer to home, the Y11 students are collecting in the same way by doing their own reverse advent calendars within tutor groups. Their collected items will be delivered to Ray Street Food Bank in Heanor by Mrs McLeod and the Head Boy and Head Girl in the last week of term. Mrs Baugh has even made a pledge to match the amount of items donated by her tutor group! We look forward to seeing the collections grow over the coming weeks.
Tinned Soup / Stew
Dried wholegrain Pasta / Rice
Tea / Coffee
Long Life Milk
Jars of sauce
First Remembrance Service for HGSC
13 Novewmber 2019
The 11th of November is a day celebrated all over the United Kingdom as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, but this year it has been an especially poignant occasion at Heanor Gate Science College as we held our very first Remembrance Service to honour those who have served and lost their lives in all wars and conflicts.
Arranged and organised by Mr Jones, Senior Vice Principal, and Flight Lieutenant Watson, Contingent Commander of Heanor Gate CCF, the 10 minute service involved both students and staff across the whole school making their way up to our tennis courts in order to pay their respects as a community. A handmade monument, produced by Staff Sergeant Jackson and Mr Cherry, was a focal point of the service and featured messages of remembrance and respect.
The occasion was made even more noteworthy by the attendance of high-ranking members of the community who were invited to join us for the occasion by Flt LtWatson; HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Lt Col Dawber, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Heanor and Loscoe, Nigel Mills MP, Associates of the Royal British Legion.
Order of Events
CCF Cadets set the precedent and took position on the courts first. They were closely followed by the Post 16 year groups, with the rest of the school following not far behind. The VIPs were then escorted to the ceremony by two of our youngest cadets, Katy and Nikita.
The ceremony started with the Banner Party procession led by Flight Sergeant Tom H. Sergeant Kai B had the responsibility of being the Standard Bearer, escorted by Corporal Rhys S and Corporal Ben F.
Mr Huntington gave a speech in which he read an extract from the poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon. The Last Post was played on a cornet by guest Tori Harrison to mark the start of the 2 minutes silence. It was ended by Reveille.
Wreaths were laid on the monument by Lance Corporal Dominic T on behalf of the CCF, Head Boy & Head Girl Harry R and Lizzie M on behalf of Main School, and senior members of our Post 16 Student Management Team, Holly W and Jack L on behalf of the Sixth Form.
Mr Huntington then closed the service by reading the Kohima Epitaph.
Whilst considering this is something we have not organised before in school, we are very pleased to say that even with the ambitious schedule and quick turnaround the students conducted themselves superbly during the whole event from the moment they left class. The silence was observed perfectly and we are very proud of the way they made the most of the opportunity to pay their respects.
SSgt Jackson was particularly impressed with the service, explaining “The students were exceptionally well behaved and respected the situation. The Standard Bearers Party were well-rehearsed and perfectly in sync with their drills.”
May we take this opportunity to thank our visitors for coming and for being part of what we hope will become an annual event.
Cadets made a tremendous effort, as always, to raise as much money as possible for the Poppy Appeal. They gave up their evenings in the freezing rain last week and headed down to Heanor Market Place to sell poppies; they gave up their mornings to sell them in school during tutor time; and even gave up their Saturday to fundraise in Langley Mill’s Asda on a Poppy Appeal stall.
In the run up to Remembrance Day, Aaron in Y10 and his Keyworker Miss Sanders also raised money by selling hand-crocheted poppies. Aaron, who is used to working in small groups of students with Miss Sanders, bravely entered classes around school throughout the week advertising their poppies, ending up with a total of over £70! This will be a massive contribution towards the school’s Poppy Appeal total (which is yet to be counted – watch this space!).
Year 11 Students Visit The Capital
24 October 2019
On Saturday 19th October 40 Year 11 students visited London and experienced all sorts of culture for the weekend!
On Saturday, after taking in the sights of Millennium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, London Bridge, and the Shard, it is surprising they had any energy left! A trip to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was in order and the group were given a fantastic guided tour to find out more about theatre in the Elizabethan and Jacobean era. It was then time to experience some theatre first hand and the group travelled to Wembley to see 'War Horse' - a truly unforgettable experience.
After a well-deserved night's sleep, the group travelled to London Zoo on Sunday morning and saw lots of creatures (big and small!) and even got to attend some of the interesting talks delivered by the zoo staff. Finally, a trip to Covent Garden was the perfect end to a fantastic weekend where the students watched lots of street performers, took in the sights, and did a bit of shopping!
Inspiring Young Leaders
18 October 2019
12 volunteers from our Sixth Form have today been out on a visit to Nottingham University as the first step of taking part in the Next Gen Leaders Programme run by Enactus.
These inspirational young people will take part in a Social Enterprise Project of their choosing over the next 5 months. It will involve community business partners and having an impact in both the school and wider community. They will be responsible for the running of the project and have enjoyed formulating ideas at the launch today. Keep your eyes peeled for developments...
15 October 2019
Students in Year 11 undoubtedly have a lot to focus on in the run up to their exams. With this in mind, Mr Phillips, Y11 Achievement Leader will be collating the most important and relevant information on a weekly basis in the digestible format of a newsletter to be distributed to parents/carers at the end of each week via email. Included will be advice and tips, exam information, upcoming dates, and timetables for revision amongst other vital information.
We strongly recommend reading these newsletters as they will be our main form of communication to Y11 students and their families going forward.
Week 1 - Friday 4th October
Week 2 - Friday 11th October
Y9 Student Wins £100 For Coming To School
2 October 2019
At HGSC we believe that maintaining an excellent attendance is a key factor to achievement and success. This is why, every year, we put all of the names of those students who achieved an impressive attendance of 100% in the previous academic year into a draw. The student whose name is drawn walks away with a £100 voucher of their choice.
This year was no exception. Drawn on the stage at break with an audience of staff and students, this year's winner was announced as Josh Brailsford in Y9.
Congratulations Josh, we hope you enjoy spending your £100 Intu voucher!
Josh pictured above with his prize, along with Mr Phillips, Mr Jones, Mr Wright and Miss Bailey (l-r)
Highest Admissions in Sixth Form History
19 September 2019
In recent years the reputation of our Sixth Form has gone from strength to strength.
160 Year 12 students have enrolled on both academic and vocational courses this year - the highest amount of admissions the facility has had since it first opened, making us the fasted growing sixth form in the county. This is due to the direct efforts of the Senior Leadership Team working tirelessly alongside Mr Graham, Achievement Leader for Post 16, and his team to ensure the highest standard of further education is available whilst maintaining an expansive selection of courses. Not only this, students also now have amazing enrichment opportunities made available to them, as well as an outstanding pastoral care network.
If you are thinking about joining us in September 2020, please come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 17 October from 6 - 8pm, where you will be warmly welcomed to meet the Sixth Form team and learn about the full range of courses on offer. We not only accept students who have completed their secondary education at HGSC, but also students from the surrounding area who would like to apply as an external student. There has not been a better time to join us.
If you would like any further information please email Monica Burrows at email@example.com.
Sports Awards Evening
16 September 2019
This year’s annual Sports Awards Evening was a huge success with over 50 students celebrating their sporting success alongside their friends and families. Due to winning the County Futsal Championship and gaining 2nd place at the Regional Finals, the Team of the Year was awarded to the boy’s U15 Futsal Team. The biggest award of the evening, the Sports Personality of the Year Award 2019, had 8 well deserved nominees. The final result saw Harry Rowland in 3rd place for his achievements in kickboxing; in 2nd place Molly Emerton for her achievements in triathlon and cycling and finally, this year’s winner was Isaac Thorpe for his achievements in basketball. Huge congratulations for everyone who received an award that evening.
Guest speaker Jess Roberts returned to Heanor Gate having completed her university degree in sport science and PGCE in secondary PE teaching. Jess, who previously studied BTEC Sport in Y11 and A level PE in the 6th form at Heanor Gate, has gone on to secure a PE teaching job at Rushcliffe, another secondary school within our trust. She is a fantastic role model to our students and a testament to the school’s commitment to produce life-long learners and great assets to the local community.
Please find some photographs from the event below.
Cerys - KS4 Girls Athlete of the Year
George – Entered the Wall of Fame
Jasmin – Outstanding Achievement in Table Tennis
Jess Roberts – Guest Speaker
Lily – Outstanding Achievement in Life Saving
Mia – Y11 Girls Footballer of the Year & Outstanding Achievement in Football
Niamh – Lifetime Achiever
Oliver – Outstanding Achievement in Basketball
Shauni & Reuben – Outstanding Achievement in Cheerleading and Freestyle Skiing respectively
Team of the Year Winners – Boys U15s Futsal Team
Sports Personality of the Year Nominees
Sports Personality of the Year Nominees and their Families
Isaac – Winner Sports Personality of the Year
Mr Stanley and Mr Huntington with guest speaker Katie
13 September 2019
Students wanting to take part in extra-curricular activities have a great selection to choose from this term, including some excellent new additions from the Performing Arts and Science faculties, as well as the new Modern Foreign Languages Film Club which will be showing films from across the continent twice a month.
See the poster below which details times, locations, and the key member of staff for each activity who students should see with any queries or to find out specific sign-up arrangements.
School show rehearsals will start in the near future.
Those interested in having a part in next year’s show should meet Mrs Shuttleworth and Mr Wetherburn on Tuesday 17 September in the music block at 3pm.
Learning @ HGSC
12 September 2019
All parents and carers of students in years 8 – 12 are welcome to join us at our Learning @ HGSC evenings next week, designed to share HGSC’s vision going forward and meet the key staff who will be involved with students’ progress and who will support them during the year ahead.
Each presentation will cover content tailored to each specific year group, but as a general theme we will be covering:
- HGSC vision for 2019/20
- Overview of key staff responsible for each year group
- Timeline of events for the academic year
- Expectations of HGSC, the students and the parents/carers
- Making informed and responsible choices for the future
- Enrichment opportunities
- Google Classroom - the school’s new interactive study platform
We appreciate it is very early on in the academic year, but the collaboration between school and home has never been more important. By working in partnership, we can ensure your child can be supported to achieve their absolute potential.
If you have any queries or concerns over the evening then please contact your child’s personal tutor. We look forward to meeting you next week.
Monday 9 September - Learning @ HGSC Year 12
Tuesday 10 September - Learning @ HGSC Year 8 & 9
Wednesday 11 September - Learning @ HGSC Year 10 & 11
Parents can click the relevant year group above to see a copy of the presentation that was shown during the evening.