BEST EVER GCSE RESULTS!
23 August 2018
Heanor Gate post best ever set of GCSE results on the back of the best ever A–level figures.
Stephen Huntington, Principal, said "I am delighted that our students are celebrating here at Heanor Gate with 70% of them achieving at least 5 grades at 9-4 including both English and Maths, virtually half at 9-5 including English and Maths, increases of 9% at both measures on 2017 results respectively.
The school also saw increases in virtually all other areas of the curriculum with particularly strong performances in all Science subjects, EBACC qualifications and Physical Education. Students should be rightly proud of a fantastic set of results which have been hard earned and thoroughly deserved. I would also like to thank the parents and carers of those students who have endeavoured to challenge and nurture their children as well as work with the teaching staff to ensure the academic potential was met.
As Principal I couldn't be happier for the students who have been an amazing year group, possibly the best I've ever worked with, but also the staff who have seen through a cultural shift over the last few years and are now being rewarded with a great set of outcomes at both GCSE and Post 16. Their dedication, resilience, tenacity and sheer hard work have produced these outcomes and they should be celebrating as much as the students."
Paul West, Chief Executive of the Spencer Academmies Trust, said “At Spencer Trust we are delighted to celebrate the success of this year’s A Level and GCSE Students at Heanor Gate. The school has not only delivered across the board improvement in many subjects including English, Maths and Science, but this year’s performance represents the schools best ever academic outcomes. The school has not only delivered consistently high results in many subjects including English, Maths and Science, credit goes to the school leadership, teaching and support teams and the supportive community of students and parents. Congratulations to all.”
AMAZING A LEVEL RESULTS!
17 August 2018
Students achieving the top grades reach an all time high!
23% A* - B 55% A* - B
Stephen Huntington (Principal) “I am pleased that we are celebrating another year of very strong post 16 performance here at Heanor Gate with 55% of grades at A*-B and 23% at A*-A. Credit must be given to the students for their sheer hard work and determination to succeed and also the staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure our students achieve their ambitions. Even greater significance must be noted to this performance due to the much tougher reformed A-levels and also this being the first year of the new examinations.”
Matt Jones (Senior Vice Principal and Director of Post 16) “ it has been another hugely successful year for the sixth form, which has seen our students achieve some fantastic results. The attitudes of the cohort have been superb and the results are nothing less than what they deserve. The improvements mark a very special period in our journey of improvement over recent years. Our higher grade passes have seen a marked rise with A*-B results at A level improving by 15% and results at the very top end, A*-A have risen by 8%. There are plenty of individual highlights, including a number of students who achieved straight A grades; one students in particular achieving aclean sweep with 3 A* grades, the highest accolade an A level student could wish to achieve. Special praise must also go to the sixth form teaching staff who have guided our students through a period of difficult reform, which has undoubtedly made A levels more robust and more difficult. The expertise of the staff and the support they have shown to students has been superb.
Paul West (CEO of The Spencer Academies Trust) shared in the celebrations, “The Spencer Academies Trust are delighted that Heanor Gate Sixth Form continues to improve once again. We’re also thrilled that across our family of schools, more sixth form students than ever before have achieved higher grades, opening doors to their futures. This is testament to dedicated staff and hardworking pupils and families committed to education.”
Students photos (left to right) celebrate outstanding results:
Kay Hallam AAA (Biology, Chemistry, Maths), Imogen Dunn A*A*A* (Art, Photography, Sociology), Sam Jones A*AA (Maths, Biology, Politics), Steve Huntington (Principal), Francesca Downs A*AB (English Language, French, Maths), Natasha Martin AAA (Biology, Geography, Psychology) & Anthony Chung AAB (A*AB) ICT, Business Studies, English Language).
KS3 A POINT INITIATIVE
06 June 2018
Starting next week students in Y7, Y8 & Y9 are going to be given the chance to earn double A Points for the relevant theme of the week, as listed below.
Students should keep their eyes peeled for opportunities around school to show these desirable behaviours, as teachers will be looking to dish out points wherever they can.
The points earned can be spent at the rewards shop as usual (raffle tickets can be purchased from the rewards catalogue - prize draw includes a TV and game console!) and students in each year group, with the most A Points each week, will win a £20 Love2Shop voucher in assembly!
SAVING THE PLANET ONE TIE AT A TIME
04 June 2018
We are now selling school ties made from plastic bottles; rescued from landfill to help reduce the amount of plastic in our environment!
Wear an Eco Tie and make a positive difference to the planet!
(These ties are only available from reception)
For more information please see https://www.kelticties.co.uk/recycled-ties/
YEAR 12 SCIENTISTS GAIN PRESTIGIOUS CERTIFICATION
11 May 2018
Five of our Year 12 Physicists recently achieved certification in the Engineering Education Scheme. This is a prestigious scheme that is well looked upon by universities and assists with offers to undergraduate courses, especially engineering courses.
To gain the qualification the group had to work for 6 months with an engineer from Lubrizol to solve a genuine engineering problem they had with cooling their test rigs at their workplace in Duffield.
The tasks included visiting the factory, visiting Loughborough University and staying overnight, producing a written report of their project (which students did in their own time after school), and then presenting their solution to a panel of engineers at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
(L-R) Maisie, Matt, Alex, Mr Coutts, Owen, and Jamie with their certificates
ATTENDANCE PRIZE DRAW
10 May 2018
Having had improvement in attendance this year across the school we decided to reward students with an additional £100 prize draw for those who made it through the spring term with 100% attendance.
A total number of 491 students were entered, with Eason Xie of Year 10 winning the prize this time. Below is a photograph of Mr Phillips presenting the award to Eason.
A massive well done the other 490 students who maintained their 100% status.
FOOTBALL & NETBALL TRIP TO BARCELONA
1 May 2018
What a fantastic experience HGSC students had during the Easter holidays as both U14 & U15 Football and Netball teams went on a week-long tour of Barcelona. The tour included; coaching from highly qualified coaches, matches against local teams and other schools, as well as a tour of the Camp Nou stadium and museum.
The U14 Netballers improved throughout the week, winning 3 of their 5 games. The U15 Girls Netball team remained unbeaten during the tour and were awarded a tournament winners trophy (pictured below).
The U15 Boys Football team also took the plaudits with two victories from two games, the second producing a huge 17-0 score line. James Dean finished as the top goal scorer and Tom Hilton was voted Player of the Tour.
The U14 Boys managed a win in their second game but were beaten narrowly in their first, losing 3-2. Malachy Woods won the award for U14s Goal of the Tournament with a stunning free-kick, and James Eley was voted Man of the Match in the second game.
Students’ spare time was spent perfecting their diving skills in the pool and getting sunburnt - a perfect way to end a brilliant week before the long bus journey home!
On return to HGSC we were delighted to receive the following letter from the tour company, Active4, praising the students who were a real assett to HGSC.
YEAR 11 EDUCATIONAL EVENING
1 May 2018
On Wednesday 25 April Heanor Gate held an Educational Evening for Year 11 students and their parents/carers to provide them with support on their upcoming examinations.
The feedback has been fantastic!
To access the faculty resources provided on the evening, please click here
CAMBRIDGE SUMMER SCHOOL
30 April 2018
Gifted and talented Y11 students are invited to apply for a place at Cambridge University's summer school taking place this August, where there will be masterclasses by Cambridge researchers in a variety of subjects across a 4 day period.
Accommodation and meals are provided and the whole conference is free of charge; the only expense would be travel to/from Cambridge.
Unfortunately there are some specific terms and conditions that are well explained in this letter, which also contains all the relevant links to make the application.
POST 16 POLITICS TRIP AMERICA
13 April 2018
Fourteen Post 16 students and two members of staff, Mr Tyler and Miss Baker, visited Washington DC and New York as part of a cultural/political enrichment experience over the Easter Holidays.
Three days were spent in Washington DC, where they visited the main National Memorials around the Mall area, as well as the Holocaust museum, Smithsonian museums and galleries, along with Arlington Cemetery and the National Zoo.
Following on from a contact provided by Nigel Mills MP, the group were also able to take in a private tour of the Capitol Building (the home of the US Congress) getting to see areas of the building normally off limits to public tours.
Whilst in Washington they also took in a professional Basketball game at the Capitol One Arena, between the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks.
Later in the week they then transferred by Amtrak (America’s intercity railroad service) to New York where they continued their tour for the next three days.
There they visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum; Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial Museum; then the Empire State Building during the day and the Rockefeller Building at night to take in the views of New York. The group also continued the museum and art gallery theme, visiting the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). They also took a walk through Central Park, visiting Trump Tower and St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5thAvenue.
They spent the evenings in both Time Square and Madison Square Garden (where they watched the final of the National Invitational Tournament College Basketball competition between Penn State and Utah State).
The group walked miles, (averaging 12km per day!) and had a great time. The students were amazing and were a real credit to themselves and to the school.
SPORT RELIEF TOTAL
12 April 2018
Thanks to the impressive efforts from the students, gaining sponsorship for running their Sport Relief mile, they raised a total of £150.
The weather was extremely unpleasant but the students powered through and did themselves extremely proud, with some students even running in the snow!
YEAR 11 REWARD SCHEME: PROJECT PROM
23 March 2018
We know how hard the y11s have been working over the past weeks and months and so we have devised a rewards scheme that we hope will recognise this and also motivate them to continue. In addition, if they complete the scheme their grades will improve - win-win!
Please use the link to see the scheme for yourselves... It starts on Monday 26 April.
Y12 VISIT TO CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
21 March 2018
Miss Tyers organiseda visit to Murry Edwards College, part of Cambridge University, this week for the Y12 students in Sixth Form predicted the required entry grades and who, therefore, have the opportunity to apply next academic year.
It was a fantastic opportunity to hear about the application process, along with advice on how to write personal statements and how to prepare for the interviews. The students even met with current undergraduates to get a real insight into life as an Oxbridge student.
Our students gained many valuable pieces of information which will ultimately help them apply and obtain a place in a very competitive process.
Heanor Gate Sixth Form may have double-figure applications to Oxbridge next year. Amazing!
WORLD BOOK DAY
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 - www.worldbookday.com.
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!
BACK TO THE 80S!
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.
IMMERSION DAY 2
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.’.
YEAR 8 HERO LETTERS
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 email@example.com 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.
YEAR 9 PATHWAYS
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
COLLECTING EXAM CERTIFICATES
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.
CHRISTMAS DINNER DAY
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.
MR JOHNSON NEEDS YOUR HELP!
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 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craigjohnson82 or by picking up a sponsership form from me at school.
AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING EXAM RESULT
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.
SPECTROSCOPY IN A SUITCASE
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
100% ATTENDANCE AWARD
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.
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.
SIXTH FORM 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
SAMANTHA'S ON TARGET FOR SUCCESS!
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!
CCF CADETS IMPRESS
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.
SAINSBURY'S CHEF AWARDS
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!
YEAR 7- THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
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.
SIXTH FORM - JAGUAR LAND ROVER EDUCATIONAL VISIT
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.
8LB'S ADVENT CALENDAR
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.
NON UNIFORM DAY
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.