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