The new block will provide an additional 9 teaching spaces comprising 8 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 6th form places.
Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Alex Dale 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.”
Head teacher, Debbie McGloin said:
“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.