Welcome to Glossopdale Community College
On behalf of the students, staff and governors, welcome to Glossopdale Community College.
We are all excited by the fantastic news that Derbyshire County Council voted on the 10th February 2015 to replace our old split site secondary school with a new, £23 million single site school. This is excellent and will give the community the aspirational institution it deserves fit for the 21st Century; "an outstanding learning centre at the heart of the community".
Glossopdale Community College is very much a community school at the heart of Derbyshire's Vision of a "Journey to Excellence". Glossopdale Community College's vision is to have an 11-18 school that ensures progression from primary age and continues through to adult life; "educating for life". The new school will be built on the Hadfield Site and is due for completion by late 2017.
The college is going from strength to strength. The OfSTED inspectino which took place in November 2013 found that the College has improved considerably since the last inspection and as a result expectations and standards have been raised.
They reported that the strengths of the College were;
- Improved achievement in a number of areas, including Mathematics
- The quality of teaching, the vast majority being good or outstanding.
- Literacy skills are developed across subjects
- Students are polite, feel safe and bullying is rare.
There are still some areas which require improvement and we remain absolutely determined and resolute in achieving the goal of the local community having an outstanding learning institution.
The College achieved a good set of exam results in 2014 and continues to progress. 100% of all students achieved at least one qualification at G grade or more, 97% of all students achieved at least one qualification at C grade or more and 96% achieved 5 or more graded A*-G (national average 2014 = 93%). This shows how truly inclusive and comprehensive we are as a college.
Overall 57% of students achieved 5 or more GCSE graded C or above including English and Maths (national average 2014 = 52.6%) with 18 students achieving 8 or more A*/A grades and 51 students achieving 3 or more A*/A grades. Given the national changes to the way English GCSE was marked this year the English results are particularly pleasing with 71% of students achieving a grade C or higher, (Nationally 2014 = 61.7%). 67% of students also achieved a grade C or higher in Mathematics. Given the national context and national changes to the way performance of this year’s GCSE results will be measured Ofqual have stated that it is difficult to make comparisons with previous years.
At A Level 100% of our students achieved A*-E Grades which is our best ever with 17% of all grades being A*/A. Many of our students have progressed on to university with 97% getting their first choice place.
A number of other key performance indicators are also showing improving trends; notably attendance, NEETS, behaviour and fixed term exclusions. Well done to all of the students and a big thank you to the staff, parents and governors for their hard work and continued support.
We are a happy and flourishing learning community with a passion for excellence. We are particularly proud of our Performing Arts status and the impact this has across the whole College and the community of the Glossop area.
We are committed to our comprehensive values. Our expectations are high because we care about our students. We believe that every young person is special, with unique talents, skills and qualities that should be recognised and nurtured. Our ambition is to build a community of successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens where all students, regardless of age, ability, or background, are engaged, challenged, inspired and supported in their learning. Our core purpose is to ensure that students of all abilities and backgrounds fly high and have high aspirations.
Glossopdale Community College approaches the promotion of fundamental British values in line with the Government’s theme of the de-radicalisation strategy . These British Values are: democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect; tolerance of those with different faiths and belief. It is, without question, everyone’s duty to ensure they do not undermine these fundamental British values as detailed in the current Teacher Standards.
Glossopdale Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We are extremely proud of our College and believe that we provide a flourishing and exciting place of learning for the Glossop community. Please take a look round our website to find out more.
Principal, Glossopdale Community College