Choosing HGSA

Meet the Team

Richard Graham

Mr R. Graham

Assistant Principal

Mrs M. Burrows

Sixth Form Administrator


Miss J. Wright

Achievement Leader Year 12

Miss A. Spencer

Assistant Achievement Leader Post-16


Mr J. Oakley

Achievement Leader Year 13

Why Choose HGSA Sixth Form?

You are our No 1 priority.

We do everything we can to get you where you want to be. We are here to listen and support you in your choices at every stage of your time with us. We take pride in developing all our learners to achieve their full potential. Here’s what was said about our Sixth Form in our July 2023 Ofsted inspection, where we were graded Outstanding.

“Sixth form students benefit from a very high-quality education in a broad range of subjects.”

“Lessons are highly demanding, and students rise to that challenge exceedingly well.”

“In the sixth form, students are able to make informed decisions about their future. Increasing numbers are choosing to go to university. Students are thoroughly prepared for their next steps.”


Subject choice

We offer an extensive range of A Levels and BTEC qualifications. You have the ultimate choice in what you are studying: explore your favourite subjects in greater depth. Small class sizes means outstanding support.


There will be many opportunities presented during your time with us: volunteer and provide in-class support; schemes and projects with local universities; Brilliant Club Scholars; Enactus – Next Gen Leaders; and close links with employers provide further opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships.


We have some of the best teachers in the profession: experienced in their field; friendly and committed to helping you achieve the grades you need to plan your next move.

Student Management Team

By applying to be part of our Student Management Team you can demonstrate and develop your leadership skills. You may want to stand for Chair or Vice Chair, or join the team in another capacity.


With our own common room, study areas and café you can be sure you’ll have all the resources and facilities you need to help with your studies.

Life after Sixth Form

We want you to achieve your goals and will support you all the way. Year on year our students achieve outstanding results and you will be supported in creating a CV or personal statement to help you get where you want to be. If university isn’t your thing, we provide excellent support for students wanting to get into high level apprenticeships or find their first job.

Open Evening

On Thursday 13th October 2022 we held last our Sixth Form Open Evening for prospective post 16 students and their family. The event marked our busiest event yet as the Sixth Form continues to go from strength to strength, fully established as one of the best providers of post 16 education locally. It was fantastic to see a large proportion of our current year 11 students at the event, alongside a huge number of students from other secondary schools. The event gave attendees a chance to meet the Sixth Form leadership and teaching teams, learn more about post 16 education here at Heanor Gate Spencer Academy, and speak with many of our current year 12 and 13 students who certainly did the school proud. There was a fantastic buzz around the site during the evening, with lots of valuable conversations taking place which I hope will help inform student decisions around both provider and subjects. 

Click here to access our open evening presentation.

This year our Sixth Form Open Evening is 6-8pm on Thursday 12 October. This page will be updated thereafter with further information on how to apply.