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New Glossopdale College site well on track

From left, Glossopdale Community College deputy head girl Emily Moore, deputy head boy Jack Clegg, Ian Taylor, managing director (Midlands) of Henry Brothers, chair of governors Julie Soboljew, college principal Steve Playford, head girl Alicia Redfern, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for young people Councillor Alex Dale, head boy Max Winterbottom

A north Derbyshire community is well on track to get a new state-of-the art school site by summer 2018. 

Students from Glossopdale Community College are preparing to move from three separate sites in both Glossop and Hadfield to an entirely new single site at Newshaw Lane, in Hadfield, by next summer. 

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale visited the site on Tuesday (17 October) to review progress of its construction with college principal Steve Playford and chair of governors Julie Soboljew, as well as the school’s head boy and head girl and their deputies. The tour was led by representatives of construction firm Henry Brothers.

Councillor Dale said: “It has been a very useful opportunity to see how the new school site is taking shape. Given the clear assessment of the condition of the current school buildings, and the recent increase in the student intake here it is easy to see why an entirely new school site was needed for this community.

“It will undoubtedly be an inspiring place for children from right across this part of the High Peak to study once it opens its doors. Having a first class learning environment can help to raise attainment and continue to give children the best possible start in life.

“It will also be accessible for use by the whole community and in a largely rural area such as the High Peak it is important to have modern multi-use facilities such as this to support a whole range of activities which can bring real personal and social benefit to local residents.”

The £22.5m project, funded by Derbyshire County Council, will be completed by May 2018, when students in years seven and eight will be the first to be relocated. Older year groups will join them for the new academic year.

Steve Playford said: “Our current school sites required costly repairs and maintenance just to keep them going and there were real inefficiencies in having the school divided across three locations, so the new building will be transformational for students and staff.

"We have said from the outset that we had a vision to create an outstanding learning centre at the heart of our community.  As well as the very latest technology, we will also have a specially-designed sixth form centre, performance wing, and a leisure centre linked to an astroturf pitch.

“We’re more than halfway through the construction process now and the sense of anticipation is building as that vision we set out with is fast becoming an exciting reality.”