Glossopdale School

Principal’s Welcome


On behalf of the students, staff and governors, welcome to Glossopdale, your local school with a Sixth Form.

We are committed to our comprehensive values. We strive for; “The Best by All, for All”.

Our expectations are high because we care about our  students. We believe that every young person is special. Our vision 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 vision is of creating “an outstanding learning centre at the heart of the community”, an 11-18 school that ensures progression from primary age, continues through to Sixth Form and into adult life.

At Glossopdale we are proud of our achievements; we know our strengths and our areas for development and we remain determined and resolute to ensure the improvements will drive us to outstanding. This determination is shown through the commitment made by Derbyshire County Council to fund the building of a brand new £23 million school on a single site which will help us to realise our Vision and enable the community to have an 11-18 school fit for the 21st Century. The School opened the new building for Year 7&8 on the 7th June. Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form transferred in September following a decant from the 3 sites.


As we continue to drive up standards the Glossopdale 3 Big areas of focus are:

High Outcomes for all through Stretch and Challenge; High Expectations of Learning, Aspiration and Behaviour; and High Attendance for All.

 The “Best by All, for All” also reflects our determination for high achievement. 100% of all students achieved at least one qualification. 53% of students gained both English and Mathematics at the GCSE grade 4 or above. 29 % of students gained both English and Mathematics at GCSE grade 9-5. 10% gained EBacc standard. 80% gained grade 4+, and 21% gained grade 7+ in English Best. 56% gained grade 4+ in Maths and 10.4% achieved grade 7+. 68% of all GCSE only entries were graded at 4 or above (Not Inc. Double Science). 17% of all GCSE grades were grade 7 or above with some students gaining the highest grade 9. The School’s headline measure of Attainment 8 is 43, Progress 8 is -0.17.  This is a new national headline measure of the best 8 subjects including English and Mathematics. This shows how truly inclusive and comprehensive we are as a school. Well done to all of our students for their achievements and the support provided by, staff parents and governors. The school has been classed as Average by the DfE. 

This year’s year 11 are the first group to sit all of the new GCSEs graded 1-9, grade 9 being the highest.  The ‘pass’ grade for students is a 4 – and should be viewed in the same way as the old C grade, a ‘good’ pass is a grade 5. However, it is important to remember that the new exams are harder and so grades 1-3 will also demonstrate individual success for some students. Ofqual have stated that it is difficult to make comparisons with previous years. (NB these results are provisional and subject to change)

Our Sixth Form judged as “good” by OfSTED also achieved 41% A*/B grades. The average        A Level grade is a B which is up on last year. 100% of our students achieved A*-E Grades, for the last four years in a row. Against national benchmarks this places Glossopdale Sixth-form in the top 25% for progress. Many of our students have progressed on to university with all getting their first choice place.

A number of other key performance indicators are also showing improving trends notably; increasing student numbers, 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 have a strong innovative curriculum and pastoral support that we believe inspires, challenges and guides our students to achieve outstanding personal, social and academic success. We place particular emphasis on using our excellent tracking and target setting procedures to help raise levels of achievement for all students and this is a key focus. All students take part in Super Learning Days and Work Experience.  We are particularly proud of our Performing Arts and the impact this has across the whole community of the Glossopdale area.

Glossopdale 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 School 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 Glossopdale community. Please take a look round our website to find out more.

Steve Playford

Principal, Glossopdale School