Principal’s Welcome

I am extremely proud to be the Principal of Heanor Gate Spencer Academy.  Since I joined in 2016 as Vice Principal, we have made unprecedented progress in terms of developing a strong reputation for the quality of our education, raising aspirations of all stakeholders, building community partnerships and ultimately providing our students and their families with a school they can be proud of.

In May 2022 Ofsted described our school by saying “this school is a strong learning community where all are on a mission to ‘aspire, learn and achieve’ ”. This ethos of ‘Aspire, Learn and Achieve’ means that all students, regardless of need or starting point, will be driven in their ambitions, be challenged academically and will be supported to achieve the best outcomes possible. This vision permeates throughout everything we do and unites staff, pupils and their families as ‘Team Heanor’.


We insist on the very highest standards for all of the students in our care and have developed a fantastic culture which is rooted in strong discipline and has culminated in a student body full of aspiration, commitment and success. Our students have devised their own set of ‘Team Heanor’ values which guide their daily school life and ensure that they are supported to become responsible and respectful members of their community as well as future global citizens.


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. Our talented group of staff are highly skilled and teach an ambitious and well sequenced curriculum at all key stages following our evidence-informed teaching and learning strategy. 

We have strong ambitions to ensure that we create an inclusive culture which supports the needs of everyone and we recognise that all students have a range of social, emotional and personal needs that may require support. We put great emphasis on tailored guidance and support from a child’s personal tutor, achievement team and our specialised inclusion team to ensure that students receive equity and not just equality. 

Our commitment to the arts and sport, our range of extra-curricular activities, local and international visits, Combined Cadet Force and links with employers and local organisations offer our students a world of opportunities to enrich their time at school. 

I hope you find the website useful and that it provides an insight into our amazing school.  


Mr M. Jones


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.



Register your Interest