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Principal's update 13 October 2023

Published on 13/10/23

Dear Parents and Carers

Our first LEAD day of this academic year was a great success, with students in all year groups engaged in learning. Year 7 students enjoyed their trip to Castleton and spent time at Peveril Castle, Castleton Church and the Visitor Centre, whilst Year 8 students travelled by coach to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. In preparation for their Independent Learning Project on International cuisine, they also visited a Teppanyaki restaurant and watched how dishes are made there. Within school, Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in interesting and though provoking sessions on a variety of topics from our PSHE curriculum.

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and carers of Y7 students into school on Monday afternoon for our Information Evening. If you have not already done so, we would be grateful if you could complete the attendance form that was emailed to you last week. Thank you.

As the weather gets colder, we would recommend that students bring coats to school with them, as break times will be spent outside if the weather is fine.

What’s going on in school:

  • What’s going on in music: Y7 have been learning note values and how to apply this learning through playing the drum kit. Y8 have been completing their band assessments and some classes have started a music production project. Y9 have been working hard on their rock music band assessment and are also learning key music vocabulary to complement their learning. Y10 have been continuing work on their ensemble performances as well as developing their music theory and listening skills. Y11 have been completing their 1st composition as part of their coursework and will start their 2nd composition next week.  There has been a variety of pieces written, including songs, film and gaming music as well as variations upon a ground bass.  
  • Assemblies this week have been delivered by Mr Jenkinson, Head of Key Stage 4, on the topic of Resilience, focusing on mental health and acknowledging World Mental Health Day.
  • The Young Hope Leaders group is being launched for students in Y7 and Y8.  Throughout the year we will be raising awareness and fundraising for different charitable causes. If you are interested in helping to make a difference in the world and to other people's lives, come and join us. See Ms. Reynolds for more information.

Rehearsals wc 16 October

Duke Of Edinburgh Meetings next week

Mrs Oldfield’s DofE group meeting is on Tuesday 17 October in Humanities as usual – this is different to the DofE calendar. Mr Fitton’s DofE group meeting is on Wednesday 18 October in Geography. This week’s topic is bag packing and continued DofE support.

Harvest Collection

For the next two weeks we are going to be collecting tins and dried food to donate to the Harvest Collection at St Peter’s Church in Hope.

We are collecting the following: 

  • Tinned food 
  • Dried Pasta 
  • Rice 
  • Grains 
  • Lentils 
  • Beans  
  • Cereals  
  • Oats  
  • UHT milk  
  • Coffee 
  • Tea bags 
  • Jars – sauce, jam, spreads etc.  

If you are able to bring in an item to donate, we would be really grateful. Please check the sell by date on the item and only bring items from the list. The collection will start on Monday 16 October and will run for the two weeks before half term.

Y11 mock exams

The Y11 mock exams will run from Monday 6 November to Thursday 16 November (please note that the French speaking exams will take place on either Monday 23 October or Tuesday 24 October).  Please see the link to the timetable below. More details about these exams will be available over the next few weeks and students will be handed their statement of entry nearer the time. Exams - Hope Valley College (

School Photos

Photo proofs were handed to students in Years 8, 9 & 10 during tutor time on Tuesday. Orders can be made online following the instructions on the pack. The deadline for orders is 23 October 2023.

Job Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for a Data/MIS Officer – a temporary role until 31 August 2024. For more information and to apply, please see the school website: Vacancies - Hope Valley College (

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

Kind regards

Gaynor Jones, Principal

Hope Valley College
T: 01433 620555