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Action plan will secure bright future for Glossopdale School

Published: 28 November 2018

An action plan has been put into place at Glossopdale School following a recent Ofsted inspection to help it build on its strengths and develop areas where it needs to improve.


Inspectors visited the school in Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, which has 1,200 students aged 11 to 18, over 2 days in October.

They highlighted a number of strengths including:

  • The school is calm and orderly, pupils conduct themselves well and have good relationships with their peers
  • New leaders are bringing about improvements to their areas of work
  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is developed very well
  • Sixth form students make good progress in both academic and vocational studies
  • Leaders have designed the curriculum well to meet the needs of all pupils

Inspectors also identified a number of areas where the school needed to improve including:

  • Leaders have not taken swift and effective action to improve leadership and the quality of teaching in maths so that pupils make secure progress
  • Too few disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities make the progress that they should across a range of subjects
  • Leaders do not use their checks on pupils’ achievement well enough to bring about the necessary improvement in pupils’ progress
  • The quality of teaching is inconsistent, teachers’ expectations are not routinely high enough and they do not use questioning consistently to deepen pupils’ learning
  • Teachers do not use information about pupils’ abilities and skills effectively to set suitably challenging work, or to provide pupils with sufficient support in their learning

Executive Headteacher Debbie McGloin, who transformed New Mills School from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ in 3 years, has been brought in to join Glossopdale School’s leadership team to work with governors and Derbyshire County Council to put in place an action plan to quickly drive forward the required improvements.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“We were pleased the inspectors highlighted a number of key strengths during their visit to Glossopdale School but it’s also clear there are some areas for improvement which we’re taking immediate and swift action to address.

“We have a new executive headteacher in place who has a proven track record of turning around a school which needed support and then went on to make strong and sustained progress to improve.

“Working together we’re committed to ensuring Glossopdale School is on a stable footing and we will be working closely with all stakeholders including the Regional Schools’ Commissioner.

“The new school will remain a fantastic educational resource in the heart of Hadfield, Glossop and the surrounding communities and one which we are proud to have delivered. This is an opportunity for a fresh start and a bright future under new leadership in which the county council will continue to provide a supporting role.”

Mrs McGloin, who started her teaching career at Glossopdale School 25 years ago and was Vice Principal for 5 years, was brought in to develop and implement its improvement strategy earlier this month.    

She said:

“I’ve already started work with my leadership team on a series of measures to create a stable foundation from which to address the issues inspectors found need improvement to provide the best possible education and outcome for all our students.

“We have a dedicated and capable teaching team, a supportive board of Governors and superb facilities and I’m confident we have the skills and resources already in place to drive forward these improvements at a rapid pace.

“We’ve very quickly identified some short, medium and long-term actions which we’re already putting into place to bring about swift change and secure a successful future for this fantastic school with high quality teaching and learning for students for generations to come.”

The school’s Ofsted report was published today (Wednesday 28 November 2018). You can view and download the report from Ofsted’s website.