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Vision and Values

To aspire, endeavour and thrive together.

BY 2024 Glossopdale will be a school…

Where we have the highest expectations of students and ourselves, where every student is expected to work hard, behave well and contribute positively to the school community.

Where everyone values learning; students are curious, open-minded and intrinsically motivated to learn, having effective learning habits and the unswerving belief that they can always improve.

Where our students make exceptional progress and leave us with a set of examination results of which they can be proud and with the personal skills, values and character traits to thrive.

That delivers an enriching and challenging curriculum which results in students exceeding themselves both academically and personally, being exceptionally well prepared for their chosen path.

Where we have highly effective, evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment, where we collaborate as a whole staff to persistently improve our pedagogy and where we evaluate our practice habitually.

Where we have the very best training programme for our staff, where all staff and leaders are fully invested in their continued professional development, where every single colleague has a high quality development programme mapped out for them the moment they join our school.

That is inclusive, where every student fully feels that they belong, where we work hard to remove any barriers to learning and where all students are supported to succeed academically, personally and socially.

Where we have the unqualified support of our parents, where parents have the highest aspirations for their children and where they work with us in ensuring they receive an exceptional education.

Where staff wellbeing is highly valuedwhere every single one of us is wholly committed to our work but has time to enjoy life beyond school, benefitting from a healthy work/life balance.

That lives by a core set of values, directing our every interaction so they become the school’s DNA.

Where we have the highest reputation for excellence and the best teachers and support staff want to come and work here – and students from all around want to come and learn here – because they know they will thrive.


To develop in each of our students the academic skills, learning habits, values and character traits necessary to thrive and achieve excellence.


At Glossopdale School we place great emphasis on building strong character traits in all of our students. We firmly believe that strength of character is the fundamental cornerstone of academic success.

We have used the word THRIVE as an acronym to encapsulate our values.

Each of the letters stand for a character trait we want to see our students develop whilst at Glossopdale



  • Show motivation and determination in the face of challenges, adopting a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Recognise the importance of a strong work ethic; that endeavour is necessary to achievement and sometimes gratification needs to be deferred.
  • Understand that perceived ‘failure’ is not a step backward; it is a helpful stepping stone to success.
  • Remain optimistic and approach challenges with positivity, demonstrating resourcefulness and support for others.


Hard work

  • Recognise that only sustained effort, working conscientiously and trying your best at all times will lead to achieving your ambitions.
  • Take pride in producing work thoroughly, thoughtfully and carefully.
  • Take studies seriously, understanding their relevance, importance and rewards
  •  Work relentlessly to achieve and improve.



  • Communicate skilfully and sensitively so we understand others’ viewpoints and can represent our own effectively.
  • Ask first what we could change about ourselves rather than place blame on others.
  • Demonstrate compassion, generosity and empathy when confronted with difference or need, valuing and celebrating diversity.
  • Take good care of and value our school environment and each other, behaving in a well-mannered and courteous way.



  • Demonstrate self-reliance and independence.
  • Organise time, resources and tasks, meeting deadlines and demonstrating maturity.
  • Proactively seek solutions to problems, answers to questions and not passively accept barriers to progress.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, using growth mind-set approaches to change for the better.



  • Have self-belief in long-term aspirations and recognition of the sacrifices required to achieve these.
  • Offer curiosity and thoughtfulness; seeking out new knowledge and weaving it into our understanding of a complex world.
  • Value imagination, creativity and new perspectives.
  • Plan and direct efforts and energy positively and purposefully.



  • Produce high quality, crafted work, responding to feedback and guidance with enthusiasm and precision.
  • Commit to the highest standards of behaviour, attendance and punctuality.
  • Resist providing excuses for under-performance, rather striving for high performance and enjoying its rewards.
  • Have pride in themselves, pride in their uniform, & pride in their school.

Learning Habits

Students who succeed at our school do so because they take pride in their work all the time and they develop great learning habits:



P – Punctual

Students who wish to succeed at our school always attend and are on time. You must arrive to school and class on time so that you do not miss vital learning and to avoid distracting the teachers and others.

R – Reliable

Students who wish to succeed at our school reliably and regularly complete good quality homework on time. You must produce good quality homework, which is vital if you are going to learn well and make good progress each year.

E – Equipped

Students who wish to succeed at our school always bring the right equipment for the right lessons each day. You must make sure you are fully equipped and ready to learn in every lesson.


Students who wish to succeed at our school take pride in their work and in their uniform. You need to wear perfect uniform and your work should be of the highest standard.

A – Attentive

Students who wish to succeed at our school listen attentively during lessons and follow all instructions given first time. You must make sure you are always fully focused and that you follow instructions straight away. Being on-task allows other students to concentrate and the teacher to teach well.

R – Respectful

Students who wish to succeed do not answer back. You need to have self-discipline and follow the adult’s instruction. If you wish to discuss something, do so later, in your own time and politely: never in learning time.

E – Engaged

Students who wish to succeed at our school are actively engaged the learning in lessons. You must take an active role in the learning activities the teacher has planned, joining in class discussions and making a positive    contribution in every single lesson.

Glossopdale School & Sixth Form

Glossopdale School, Newshaw Ln, Hadfield, Glossop SK13 2DA