Glossopdale Community College

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Glossopdale Community College
Motto An Exciting Education Is On Your Horizon
Type Community school
Principal Mr. Stephen Playford
Chair J. Soboljew [1]
Location Talbot Road
SK13 7DR
53°26′56″N 1°56′58″W / 53.4490°N 1.9495°W / 53.4490; -1.9495Coordinates: 53°26′56″N 1°56′58″W / 53.4490°N 1.9495°W / 53.4490; -1.9495
Local authority Derbyshire
DfE URN 112957 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–19

Glossopdale Community College is a secondary school in Glossop, Derbyshire, England.


The school used to be the Glossop Grammar School from the 1920s, being on Talbot Road since 1959, becoming Glossop Comprehensive School in 1965 when it merged with West End Secondary Modern (on Sunlaws Street and Chadwick Street and opened in 1913 as Glossop Independent Council School), and Castle School Secondary Modern in Hadfield.

In 1989, the former Hadfield Comprehensive School on Newshaw Lane in Hadfield merged with the Glossop School to form the Glossopdale School. The Chadwick Street site is next to the St Philip Howard RC Academy (Glossop's other secondary school) on St Mary's Road.

As Glossopdale Community College, the school was awarded Specialist Performing Arts College status in September 2005, and also International Schools Status in July 2010. It is a member of the Peak 11 Learning Federation.


The school is spread over three sites; Hadfield, Glossop and Talbot House. The youngest students attend Hadfield site on Newshaw Lane, Hadfield. When the students move into Year 9 they move to Glossop Site on Talbot Road, Glossop. There is also a Sixth Form College in the historic 19th-century Talbot House, also on Talbot Road. The school was part of a successful pilot scheme, and subsequently offers C3 – a combined humanities curriculum – to Years 7 and 8. Glossopdale has also taken part in several teachers' television documentaries. Stephen Playford was appointed as the principal in 2008, replacing John Hart.[2]

Specialist School Status[edit]

In 2002 the school successfully applied to become a Specialist Arts College.

The Music Department[edit]

Glossopdale Community College has a Music Department, which reflects the school's status as a Performing Arts College. It has a large selection of bands as well as the choirs. There is an award-winning Big Band[citation needed], Wind Band, Brass Band, Samba Band, Flutz (a Flute ensemble) and Training Band. During the 1970s and 1980s particularly, Glossop School Brass Band were an internationally renowned band, producing several LPs and touring Europe and the United States.[3]

Glossopdale Community College has a choir – it is split over the Hadfield Site and Glossop Site. Over the years, the choirs have performed at festivals and won awards[citation needed], and also made appearances on BBC television series All the Small Things in 2008.

The Music Department takes part in a number of concert tours abroad, the most recent of which were in Paris, Salzburg, and Barcelona.

Academic Performance[edit]

The school was given an overall effectiveness rating of 3 (Satisfactory) in their most recent Ofsted inspection, which took place in January 2012.[1][4] In 2012, 58% of pupils gained 5 A*–C GCSE grades including English and Maths, a 20% improvement over 4 years. 87% of pupils achieved 5 A*–C grades.[5]

Notable former pupils[edit]

As Glossop Grammar School[edit]

  • Joseph Gorman, son of Nick Gorman, Cambridge Undergraduate and entertainer, unlike Stuart Hall, has not been caught by Operation Yewtree
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer
  • Stuart Hall, TV and radio presenter – famous for It's a Knockout and his grandiose-style football commentaries.
  • Michael Casey OBE, Chief Engineer Channel Tunnel Rail Link 1989–90
  • James Hurst CBE, Engineer
  • Sydney Hope, Conservative MP for Stalybridge and Hyde 1931–35
  • Mark Woodcock BA Hons, Senior Ecological Consultant 03–10


  1. ^ a b [1]. Ofsted (2 February 2012). Retrieved on 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "John Steps Down". Glossop Advertiser. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008. 
  3. ^ [2],, accessed 28 September 2012
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]

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