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The new Glossopdale School at Hadfield

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Glossopdale SchoolHadfieldHenry BrothersAlex DalePrincipal Steve Playford

Pictured at a site visit earlier in the project is Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People Alex Dale (right). Alongside him are (from left) Ian Taylor, Managing Director of Henry Brothers, Chair of Governors Julie Soboljew and college principal Steve Playford

The new Glossopdale School at Hadfield will open its doors to pupils in the coming weeks when Year 7 and 8 students will be the first to receive lessons in the state of the art buildings.

In addition to its classrooms and study areas for up to 1,200 students, the new £22.5m school, which has been funded by Derbyshire County Council and built by construction firm Henry Brothers, will have the very latest technology, a specially-designed sixth form centre, performance wing, and a leisure centre linked to an astro turf pitch.

The single site school replaces the three sites that Glossopdale students currently attend in Glossop and Hadfield. Older pupils will move over to the Newshaw Lane site after the summer break for the new academic year.

Councillor Alex Dale said: “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.”

College Principal 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. The sense of anticipation is building as that vision we set out with is fast becoming an exciting reality.”