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Welcome to Glossopdale Community College

On behalf of the students, staff and governors, welcome to Glossopdale Community College.

The College is going from strength to strength. The OfSTED inspection which took place in November 13 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,
  •  and that 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 GCSEs 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.

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 school 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 Flash

Glossopdale Community College Carol Service

At All Saints Parish Church, Old Glossop on

Tuesday, 16th December at 7pm


This traditional event will feature readings, carols and other musical items from the College Band and Choir and is always a special occasion. All are warmly invited to attend.

Retiring collection in aid of ‘Friends of John Owen’. ...........................

Glossopdale Music Events

Thursday 4th December - Glossopdale Community College Christmas Concert – featuring all of the college’s musical groups and a special appearance from Post 16 drama students. Hall 1. 7pm. Adults £4, concessions £2.


Tuesday 16th December - Glossopdale Community College Carol Service. Old Glossop Parish Church. 7pm.

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Consultation on a newly built school for Glossopdale.


On Monday 3rd November Derbyshire County Council have launched a consultation on replacing our split site secondary school in Glossopdale with a new, single site school. These are very exciting plans which, if realised, will mean that the community of Glossopdale will have a brand new 11-18 community school. The consultation is on creating a £20 million purpose- built school on Newshaw Lane. If you would like to respond to this consultation, please e-mail or write to Geoff Brown

Development Section, Chatsworth Hall, Chesterfield Road, Matlock. DE4 3FW by Friday 12 December 2014 when this consultation will end. The consultation paper is attached or can be found on the DCC website.

  • Click here to see the latest holiday activities (Boo-st 2014)
  • GCC Wind Band wins National Award

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