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We take next steps to respond to high demand for places at popular secondary school

Published: 8 January 2020

We’re set to consider proposals to start a consultation with a view to addressing parents’ concerns about the high demand for places at the secondary school they would like their children to go to.

Our Cabinet will consider granting permission to carry out a consultation about a proposal to extend Glossopdale School at its meeting next week (Thursday 16 January 2020).

The school opened in 2018 to accommodate all 1,000 students – who had previously been taught in buildings across three separate sites – in a new £23m state-of-the-art single site in Newshaw Lane, Hadfield.

Its core buildings – sports hall, hall and dining areas – accommodate 1,440 pupils and the teaching space supports 1,200 pupils.

We had always allowed for the possibility of a second phase of development, but following a very high demand for places it reviewed pupil numbers, current projections and the speed and extent of new housing developments in Glossop and as a result are considering bringing phase two forward.

In a consultation carried out last year between October and November to gain local views about extending the school earlier than planned, 56 of the 58 responses were supportive.

If Cabinet gives permission for a consultation to be carried out about the proposal to expand the school it would take place between 24 February and 20 March 2020.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“We’ve listened to parents’ concerns about the effects of the high demand for places at Glossopdale School such as splitting friendship groups, the travel distance to other schools and children’s ability to take part in out-of-school activities.

“We’ve responded by asking Cabinet to consider granting permission for a consultation about a proposal to bring phase two of the school’s development work forward ahead of the original plan.”

If Cabinet approves the consultation at its meeting next week (Thursday 16 January) and the outcome is that the school expansion goes ahead, funding would need to be secured and planning permission given. We have a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places and would carry out the work.

Glossopdale School was four years in the planning with the aim of creating an ‘outstanding centre for learning in the heart of the community’ as well as providing a multi-use community venue for Glossop, Hadfield and the surrounding areas.