Inspector in to help college bounce back


A Government inspector has been appointed to Heanor Gate Science College — which attracts students from Ilkeston — to help the school claw its way out of ‘special measures’.

The Kirkley Drive school was graded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors after they visited in September.

The shock report came only two years after it was found to be ‘outstanding’ by the Government watchdog.

As part of a series of special measures put in place by Ofsted designed to get the school back on track, it has now been appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) Zarina Connolly. On December 10 the inspector met with Heanor Gate’s governors and senior leaders to discuss an action plan to improve learning at the academy. A letter to parents states: “The HMI was impressed with the swift action the school had taken and the progress made in key areas.

“The Action Plan was detailed and judged to be fit for purpose.”

A report from the visit is due to be published on the school’s website in January. A letter to parents also states the school has been working with consultants.

The head of English from ‘a Nottingham school’ it says, is visiting once a week to ‘support the work of the English department’. Headteacher Rob Howard said: “Clearly embedding new initiatives will take time and so will the impact of this work on student outcomes. However, our direction of travel is the correct one and current indications are that we are making good progress towards our goals.”