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Work progresses on extension of Glossopdale School

Building work is progressing on a new £4 million extension at Glossopdale School, which is being funded by Derbyshire County Council.

The new block will provide an additional nine teaching spaces, comprising eight standard classrooms and a demonstration science lab. It will also provide flexible options for dining and social spaces and extra staff workrooms.

Once finished, there will be room for a further 200 students aged 11 to 16, and 40 additional sixth form places.

A ceremony took place on Friday morning (16 July) as construction formally got under way. 

Councillor Alex Dale, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It’s great news that work has started. We’ve worked hard to provide the extra places needed and this is a major step forward towards the much-needed expansion of this school.”

Headteacher Debbie McGloin commented: “We are really pleased to see this extension move forward and are excited to be able to offer more places for the children in our community.”

Construction director of Henry Brothers Midlands, Justin Hicklin, said: “We are excited to have started work on this site to build an extension for Glossopdale School. Henry Brothers built the main school complex, which has proved popular with students, and we are delighted to have strengthened our relationship with the school by being appointed to create this new block as well.

“Henry Brothers has partnered with Derbyshire County Council and a number of Derbyshire schools on a variety of projects in recent years, helping them to enhance their facilities, and we are looking forward to building this extension at Glossopdale School to create extra spaces for pupils.” 

It is expected that the new block will be completed in spring 2022, allowing more children to attend from September 2022.

 

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(from left to right) Andy Bates from Concertus, Cllr Jean Wharmby - Chair of Derbyshire County Council, Justin Hicklin from Henry Brothers, Councillor Alex Dale, Jessica Whetton at Concertus, Glossopdale School head teacher Debbie McGloin and High Peak MP Robert Largan. 

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