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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.

Headline Performance Indicators 2015.

The college is going from strength to strength.  The OfSTED inspection 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 overall achieved a good set of exam results in 2015 and continues to progress.  100% of all students achieved at least one qualification at G grade or more, and 94% achieved 5 or more graded A*-G (national average 2014 = 93%). 39 students achieving 3 or more A*/A grades and some achieving straight A* grades. 36% of Pupil Premium students achieved 5 or more GCSE graded C or above including English and Maths which is a 9% increase on last year.   This shows how truly inclusive and comprehensive we are as a college.

Overall 55% (provisional) of students achieved 5 or more GCSE graded C or above including English and Maths (national average 2014 = 52.6%). 68% of students achieving a grade C or higher in English Language, (Nationally 2015 = 65%) and 67% of students also achieved a grade C or higher in Mathematics (Nationally 2015 = 63%). Given the national context and national changes to the way the performance of GCSE results are now 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 for two years in a row. 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.

Steve Playford
Principal, Glossopdale Community College


GCC News

    The Glossopdale Youth Brass Band

    A new youth brass band for brass and percussion musicians. Launch meeting Wednesday 4th Nov. 6:30pm Glossop Site Hall 1 click here for further details

  • A Concert of Remembrance

    Foden's Band and students from Glossopdale Community College present a concert of remembrance on Tuesday 10th November 7pm at Glossop SIte, Hall 1 Ticket £6/£4.50 click here for further details

  • Successful Open Evening

    Following our extremely busy Open Evening we are also offering tours of the school.

    Parents can arrange this by calling the school on 01457 862 336 to make an appointment.

    Your Local Choice for Success


  • Beauty and the Beast - Audition sound tracks

    Please visit the Beyond the Classroom page here to find the tracks for the Beauty and the Beast Auditions
  • Homework Club    Homework Club for Years 9, 10 and 11 will take place every afternoon after College.  For full details please click here
  • Fantastic News!

    On the 10th February 2015 DCC have voted for Glossopdale to have a brand new build on a single site. For more information and details of how to get in touch please click here

  • INSET dates 15-16

    Start of Term 2015-16

    Friday 4 September 2015 is an INSET day

    Students return Monday 7 September 2015

  • PTA Events
    click here for information

    PTA are looking for new recruits. If you are interested in joining please e-mail:
  • Training Opportunity    Would you like to train to teach in the Peak District National Park?  The Peak District Direct School Partnership, which is part of the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, has a number of training places available for Primary and Secondary routes in 2016.  For more information please contact Richard Beeden at Hope Valley College rbeeden@hopevalley.derbs hire.sch.uk or visit

    http://www.hvcollege.c om/index.php/communit y/school-direct-itt


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