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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!


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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... 

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Y11 Newsletters

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


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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

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Shauni & Reuben – Outstanding Achievement in Cheerleading and Freestyle Skiing respectively


Team of the Year Winners – Boys U15s Futsal Team

SPOTY Nominees

Sports Personality of the Year Nominees

SPOTY Nominees plus parents

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 


Extra-Curricular Activities


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.


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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

Post 16 - 6.00 - 7.00pm

Tuesday 10 September - Learning @ HGSC Year 8 & 9

Year 8 - 6.00 - 6.45pm

Year 9 - 7.00 - 7.45pm

Wednesday 11 September - Learning @ HGSC Year 10 & 11

Year 10 - 6.00 - 6.45pm

Year 11 - 7.00 – 7.45pm



Parents can click the relevant year group above to see a copy of the presentation that was shown during the evening.