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Principal's update 2 December 2022

Published on 02/12/22

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to Y9 parents and carers who attended the subject evening on Thursday, we hope you found the time useful. If you were unable to speak to a particular teacher, please contact them individually.

We are looking forward to our festive events coming up over the next few weeks. Our Festive Showcase will be held on Tuesday 13th December from 6pm – 8pm. Tickets can be purchased on Parent Pay (£3.50 per person) and must be bought in advance of the evening. Refreshments will be provided by our wonderful PTFA – please see their cake request below! It promises to be a wonderful evening! On Thursday 15th December, our students will be taking part in a carol service at St Peter’s Church in Hope and you are all invited to join us. The service will begin at 6pm and will last for approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available afterwards. This event is free to attend.

What’s going on in school?

  • Thank you to our Y7 students who decorated the Christmas tree in reception yesterday. School is looking very festive!
  • Our first Y11 peer mentoring session with Y7 students took place this week. This is part of our ongoing work of our amazing Y11 student ambassadors, who are supporting Y7 students pastorally, to help them feel part of school.


Y11 Subject evening - 4.30 - 7.00 pm, Thursday 8 December 2022

The Year 11 subject evening will take place on Thursday 8 December, 4.30 - 7.00pm. This will take place in school and is an opportunity to talk to teachers about progress, attainment and any other issues.  Once appointments have been made you will receive an email confirmation. If spaces are not available, please add yourself to the waiting list.
Students will also be given their first progress of the report on this date which will show their 'most likely outcome' and target grade for every subject.  This will also be available to parents on the Cloud School app. The 'most likely outcome' (MLO) grade will be based on a variety of assessments, ATL and the capacity for the students to improve before the summer and will not be passed to KS5 providers or employers until we have worked together to quality assure the grades on an individual student basis.

Car parking and dropping off students

We would be grateful if parents / carers could give due regard to the 'zebra' crossing within the school carpark. Students are encouraged to utilise it as a crossing point. Please stop and allow students to cross if they are stood waiting. Thank you.

Students should be dropped off in the main car park, rather than in the visitor bay at the front of school. If this is not possible and you do need to use the visitor entrance, please make sure you drive as far down the bus bay as possible. Thank you.

PTFA cake request!

The PTFA will be serving refreshments at the Festive Showcase on Tuesday 13th December to help raise funds for school. We are planning to offer mulled wine and a range of refreshments, and so we are looking for all you bakers out there to donate baked goods. If you think that you could help, please email so that we can gauge how much to expect. 

Any contributions of baked goods should be sent into school on the morning of 13th of December.

We are aiming to separate any cakes that cater for specific dietary requirements so would appreciate a list of ingredients. If you would like any containers returned, please label them. Thank you in advance.

PTFA Calendar 2023

The much-awaited PTFA calendar for 2023 is now available to buy! At just £6 per copy, these make great Christmas presents for family & friends. Please use the following link to place orders: If you have any problems purchasing your calendar, please email The deadline for ordering is 5th December. Calendars will then be delivered to school during the week commencing 12th December.


Lost property

 There are a number of items left in lost property from before October half term. If your young person has lost anything, please ask them to come to Reception and enquire. Due to limited storage, all items left in lost property that were handed in prior to October half term will be donated to Charity over Christmas.

Job vacancies

We are currently recruiting for an Exams Manager and a Catering Supervisor to join us as soon as possible. For more information and to download application forms, please see our website: Vacancies - Hope Valley College (

Household Support Fund

Derbyshire County Council administer a fund (the Household Support Fund) which aims to give financial assistance to families with children who are suffering financial hardship.  If you would like to discuss submitting an application, then please contact our Family Resource Worker, Eric Millington, for assistance.

In addition, Derbyshire County Council also have a dedicated website with information to help families who require advice and support around the cost-of-living crises: Cost of living - Derbyshire County Council

Thank you for reading our communication. Here are some helpful email addresses, should you need to contact us:


Kind regards

Gaynor Jones

Hope Valley College

T: 01433 620555