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  • Job start date

    8 January 2024

  • Closing date

    22 September 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    7 September 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: Monday-Friday 8.30-3.00

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover - 4 -12 months

Full-time equivalent salary


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking to appoint a highly effective teacher of History to join our outstanding Humanities faculty for two terms in the first instance, potentially extended for a full year. The successful candidate will be passionate, enthusiastic and a highly motivated professional with high expectations for all students and have the ability and enthusiasm to ensure that all students achieve their potential. This post is suitable for both newly qualified and experienced teachers.

The history department covers a wide range of topics at KS3, which go beyond the National Curriculum to deliver a curriculum which students find exciting and is relevant to them. This includes looking at Roman and Norman changes to Britain, the role of women in history, why historians disagree around topics such as the slave trade and British Empire and leading into modern discussions around civil rights issues in Britain and around the world. Our KS4 topics follow the Edexcel exam board including Medicine through Time, Elizabethan England, the American West and Weimar and Nazi Germany. We have had continuous increase in recruitment into KS5, with students enjoying our current topics of Democracy and Dictatorships, Early Tudors and Civil Rights in the USA. We aim to develop students' knowledge of where we have come from, what has changed, but to also critique the changes to come. We welcome innovation, determination and a collaborative approach towards our curriculum and continue to develop our understanding of our students and their ways of learning.

What the school offers its staff

Heanor Gate Spencer Academy is an ‘Outstanding’ secondary school and sixth form (Ofsted, June 2023) which is oversubscribed in Year 7 for the second successive year. We are extremely proud of our inspection report which is a testament to 7 years of school improvement. It states that ”teachers are subject experts”, “pupils are ambitious about their future”, “classrooms are calm places, where pupils focus on their learning” and “leaders are relentless in their desire to provide the absolute best education for all pupils and to serve the local community”.

Read more about our Outstanding Ofsted report here:


Over the past 7 years we have developed an inclusive, disciplined culture which has culminated in a student body full of aspiration, commitment and success. The staff buy into #TeamHeanor and this ethos of collegiality, team values and moral compass is what makes the unique working environment at Heanor Gate so enjoyable and fulfilling.

As well as the staff being united by the concept of #TeamHeanor, to ensure that our students succeed at school and in life, all students work towards demonstrating the following values in all aspects of school life:

  • Respect
  • Pride
  • Unity
  • Resilience
  • Integrity
  • Organisation

We have a strong culture of professional development for teachers and support staff at all stages of their careers. Our ECT development plan is extensive with bespoke in-house training, closely aligned with the Spencer Academies Trust ECT programme. For experienced staff, our in-house CPD programme is bespoke to need. All of this is complemented by access to opportunities to pursue NPQ qualifications, alongside CPD provided by Spencer Alliance for Leadership and Teaching. We also have a close working partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching, providing routes into obtaining Chartered status.

Further details about the role

Applicants would be expected to share the Trust’s high aspirations and expectations for pupils and staff.

How to apply – please complete your candidate profile via our new Every portal. If you are accessing the portal for the first time, you will need to register to add and save your information before tagging your profile to this vacancy. There is a video to help https://vimeo.com/737845492/c1b8e43656. Spencer Academy trust Vacancies: http://satrust.com/sat-vacancies/

For more information on this post please contact Charlotte Harris, Curriculum Team Leader:

charlotteharris@heanorgatespencer.com or on 01773 716396.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Heanor Gate Spencer Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1341 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01773 716396

Heanor Gate Spencer Academy
HGSA is a ‘good’ secondary school and sixth form which has shown significantly “improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding”. (Ofsted, May 2022).

Over the past 5 years, we have developed a fantastic culture amongst the students which is rooted in strong discipline and has culminated in a student body full of aspiration, commitment and success. “Leaders and staff are determined to enhance the lives and life chances of all pupils in this school.” (Ofsted, May 2022). The staff buy into the hashtag #TeamHeanor and this ethos of collegiality, team values and moral compass is what makes the unique working environment at Heanor Gate so enjoyable and fulfilling.

We believe that through an ethos of ‘Aspire, Learn and Achieve’, all of our students will achieve their very best educational outcomes. This ethos is at the heart of everything that we do. We want our students to believe that they can achieve whatever they want to with hard work, resilience and self-motivation.

We deliver a challenging yet inspiring curriculum and an unrivalled level of academic and pastoral support. We believe that what we offer students will support them to achieve success in the classroom and beyond; academically, personally and socially. “Pupils’ behaviour is very good. Lessons are calm and pupils work with focus”, (Ofsted, May 2022). We aim to instil students with a love of learning as well as helping them to become responsible, independent members of the community.

We believe that all staff are role models to our students and as such should continue to grow professionally. As such, our bespoke and strategic CPD model is extensive and supplemented by engagement with the Spencer Alliance for Leadership & Teaching but also through fully funded membership to the Chartered College of Teaching.

As part of the Spencer Academies Trust, we work alongside other schools in ensuring we deliver the very best education possible.

Spencer Academies Trust
The Spencer Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust with schools across the East Midlands, and with a strategic focus on Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

A high performing regional MAT with a national reputation for excellence, Spencer Academies Trust schools include primary, secondary and sixth form provision. Our academies work across highly diverse city and rural communities, including a strong presence in Derby and Nottingham. Standards and expectations in trust schools are high – and the trust’s focus on rapid improvement on the journey to outstanding education delivery.

Spencer Academies Trust is an educational charity, Multi-Academy Trust and Sponsor of Academies. We have approaching 18000 children and young people in our academies and employ more than 2200 teachers, leaders and educational support professionals across the East Midlands. We aspire to be a leading regional high performing Trust, with a national reputation for excellence.

We currently have 17 primary academies, 8 secondary academies and one primary aged special school in our family of schools. All of our schools benefit from the collaboration and added value that being a member of our Trust offers, and share our values and beliefs. Spencer Trust academies share an ambition to deliver results that compete with the very highest performing schools in the country, and deliver a curriculum for students that is underpinned by breadth, opportunity and quality: one that seeks to give young people the opportunity to develop into well rounded global citizens that believe they can influence positive change in the world.

Mission: Our Mission is to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
Vision: Spencer Academies Trust is an exceptional Trust, providing an outstanding education for local children.

We Believe:
• All children have a right to a quality education regardless of background or ability, and have an entitlement to the opportunity of a secure progression route in their learning and development
• Schools are stronger when they work in collaboration with each other, operate within a ‘family’ and are open to a true sense of partnership
• We grow the effectiveness and sustainability of our schools by developing the people within them, and that through shared and equitable responsibility for quality and outcomes; we achieve more

Applicants would be expected to share the Trust’s high aspirations and expectations for pupils and staff.

Arranging a visit to Heanor Gate Spencer Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email charlotteharris@heanorgatespencer.com.

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