Principal’s Welcome

I am very proud to be the Acting Principal of Heanor Gate Spencer Academy and feel privileged to work with students, staff, parents and governors who all expect the very best from our academy. 

Our school ethos of ‘Aspire, Learn and Achieve’ will permeate throughout everything we do and is a shared vision that every member of the school community can be part of. We will insist on the very highest standards for all of the students in our care. We are confident we will deliver the best possible outcomes for every individual child and a sustained set of successful examination results, as well as our recent Ofsted GOOD grading, should provide all parents/carers with great confidence in our academy.

A key component of our work is ensuring that high quality learning is experienced every day within the school; by every student, in every subject and in every lesson. Teachers are highly skilled and teach an ambitious and well sequenced curriculum at all key stages. Alongside this we recognise that all students have a range of social, emotional and personal needs that may require support and we put great emphasis on tailored guidance and support from a child’s personal tutor, achievement team and our specialised inclusion team.


Mr M. Jones

(Acting Principal)

About our School

Heanor Gate Spencer Academy is a secondary school and sixth form in Heanor, Derbyshire.

As part of the Spencer Academies Trust, we work alongside other schools in ensuring that we deliver the best education possible. Our students achieve the maximum of which they are capable, provided by our aspirational curriculum and highly committed staff who ensure that the quality of learning remains exceptionally high.

We expect our students to utilise our extensive and varied range of experiences and methods of learning; these include ‘immersion days’ and our varied catalogue of trips, including residential visits, to maximise their progress, allowing every learner to flourish and fulfil their potential.

Over recent years, we have made substantial investments in ICT and we are proud to have been awarded a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted in both 2017 and 2022. In 2022 our students achieved some brilliant examination results at both GCSE and A level and this culminated in our students securing some highly competitive destinations Post-18. 

Heanor Gate Spencer Academy is the educational setting in which your child will succeed in being the best they can be.



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