Work starts on our new £21.7m community college in Glossop

Work has started on a new single-site secondary school for Glossopdale Community College following our £21.7m investment.


DCC’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Councillor Damien Greenhalgh (left) and Cabinet Member Councillor Jim Coyle (second right) celebrate the start of work on the new Glossopdale Community College with head boy Tyler Halton and head girl Isabel Townend, Principal Steve Playford (third right) and Henry Brothers Midlands Managing Director Ian Taylor.

Midlands-based Henry Brothers is building the school which is scheduled to be completed in two phases over the next two years.

Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Councillor Damien Greenhalgh said:

“We’re delighted that work has started on Glossopdale Community College’s fantastic new single-site school.

“Despite facing unprecedented cuts and huge financial pressures we’re working hard to provide our young people with the facilities they need to help them thrive and learn in a positive environment and we’ll continue to do what we can within a tight budget to invest in our communities to make our schools fit for the 21st Century.

“We hope students, staff, visitors and residents will enjoy this fantastic new facility which will help to give these young people a firm foundation on which to build a bright future as well as providing a great new multi-use community venue.”

The council consulted on plans for a new school after revealing many parts of existing buildings were in poor condition with estimated repair bills totalling more than £5m.

Following a public consultation it was agreed last year to go ahead with proposals to merge the school’s three separate sites onto Newshaw Lane, Hadfield.

Glossopdale Community College Principal Steve Playford said:

“The Glossopdale community is really excited that the construction of the new school building has started.

“Our determination for improvements is shown through our vision of creating ‘an outstanding learning centre at the heart of the community.

“The new school will dramatically improve the learning experience with the latest technologies. It will also have a specially designed sixth form centre, performance wing and leisure centre linked to an astro turf pitch.”

College head boy Tyler Halton and head girl Isabel Townend were invited to see the start of the building work to represent current pupils and future generations who will benefit from the new school.

Part of the funding for the new single-site school will come from the sale of the Talbot House site and the Upper School site, both on Talbot Road in Glossop.

Pupils from the Hadfield site are due to start moving into the new building in spring 2018.



Source: Derbyshire County Council website

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£23m new school plans to go public

Glossopdale New School

The new schools backer Glossopdale’s three County Councillors and Caitlin Bisknell (left),Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

Draft plans for the new 11 to 18 school proposed by Derbyshire County Council are to be revealed to the public next week on Thursday 21st January at the Hadfield site of Glossopdale Community College.

The consultation represents the next stage of the development of the new school which will replace the present buildings located on three sites in Hadfield and Glossop.

County Councillor Ellie Wilcox, who attended the school in the 1990s, says that she welcomes the proposals and the opportunity for people to comment before any formal planning application is made.

We are at a stage where the resources are identified, the starter is raising his gun and a replacement single site school is just about to leave the starting blocks. It’s further evidence of the County Council’s commitment to improve education County wide and demonstrate to parents that we mean it.

According to County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh the school will be built on the “green” parts of the Hadfield site and although there will necessarily be some demolition work at the start of the building process, interruptions to children’s education should not be necessary.

We are conscious that for many students their education is a one-off opportunity, and though a single site school offers greater options and efficiency in the future, those who are in school at present need to be assured of minimal disruption to their education.

County Councillor Dave Wilcox confirmed that although there will be disruption to non-school community activities on the Hadfield site over the next couple of years, the new building will be designed to enhance community access and engagement when the premises are not needed for school activities.

People who live close to the site are anxious to see how traffic is likely to be handled, that their lives are not too disrupted by the building work and that the investment promises positive benefits to the local community once it is completed.

The period from 4pm – 7pm has been set aside on Thursday 21st January for Glossopdale residents to examine draft plans and take the opportunity to discuss the proposal. Local County Councillors will be present.

Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, County Councillor Caitlin Bisknell added that a formal planning application will follow the local discussions.

Given the need for a planning consent, a starting date for commencing the building process is still to be negotiated,” she said, “with a likely completion date of 2018.

Governors at the school have already had access to the plans and have given a general thumbs up to the proposals.

Glossop Youngster’s Personal Safety Postcards

It was great to meet the euthusiastic young Health and Social Care students from Glossopdale Community College today, who had been working with Volunteer Centre Glossop on a personal safety project in their lunchtimes and even over the holidays.

Damien with the young people and co-ordinators from Glossop Volunteer Centre

Damien with the young people and co-ordinators from Glossop Volunteer Centre

The project, funded through Derbyshire CC’s locality funds, aims to improve the health of young people with a particular emphasis on personal safety and developing safer communities for young people.

There was some great artwork and ideas how best to spread the message to other young people in the area.

So look out for their information postcards around the town!