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Foundations laid for new Glossopdale school
Wednesday 15th February 2017 @ 11:26 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle Hadfield News Schools

Pupils at Glossopdale Community College are likely to see many more changes on the way as the foundations continue to be laid for their new £22m school.

The single-site secondary school on Newshaw Lane will replace the deteriorating mid-20th century buildings in Glossop and Hadfield with a modern multi-purpose campus where Year 7 to 11 pupils and post-16 students will be taught together.

Midlands-based contractors Henry Brothers have been busy at work since last September, with the structure of the new site now beginning to emerge from the muddy fields.

Work on the ground and first floors is progressing well, with the construction of sports, performance and community facilities to come.

The changing face of the complex is now clearly visible to passers-by with steel frames going p all over the grounds, whilst day to day school life carries on as normal.

While the new 11-18 school will also have a specially designed Sixth Form Centre, Performing Arts Centre and a Leisure Centre for community use, which will be linked to the existing astro-turf.

As the Chronicle reported last November, Derbyshire County Council says the new build is on track to be completed in two places by early next year, when pupils are expected to move in.

Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “The progress on this school is now there for all to see.

“I am sure the pupils can hardly wait for spring 2018 where they will have inspirational learning spaces in which they can achieve their full potential as well as fantastic outdoor spaces for learning and recreation.

“We all know there is a direct link between modern learning spaces and attainment, so these new buildings are going to be a big boost for Glossopdale Community College whose staff have worked hard to help pupils achieve in outdated facilities.”

Becki Woods, a Glossopdale Labour county council candidate for May, who is a former Glossop School pupil herself, said: “There is a lot of excitement now people can actually see the new school taking shape. The benefits of being on one site, in a new building, which has been built fit for purpose, are too many to list.”