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Principal's update 27 October 2023

Published on 27/10/23

Dear Parents and Carers

An enormous thank you to all our staff and students, parents and carers for your support for our school over the last few days. Our Ofsted inspection is complete and was a really positive experience for both students and staff. We look forward to sharing the results with you in due course. The behaviour of our students was exemplary, and they are a credit to our school.

Thank you also to everyone who donated to and took part in our 3G pitch fundraiser! School was awash with football kit and sportswear, and it was wonderful to see students getting involved in our goal challenge. The final total for the day was 1130 goals!! We are still working out how much money was raised and will let you know the total as soon as possible. If you have not yet had chance to donate, then it is still possible to do so via Parent Pay. Thanks to Mrs Oldfield and the rest of the PE department for organising a fantastic challenge!

What’s going on in school:

  • Our amazing Y7 choir recently performed for Y6 families who visited us on our Open Evening. With two performances of ‘The best that you can be’, they sounded incredible!

  • Our Diversity Club baked and sold spooky cakes on Wednesday lunchtime to raise money for the charity ‘Just Like Us’.
  • This week, our Y8 students were entertained and inspired by Erin Burgess. Erin is part of the HVC alumni and is in her final year of a musical theatre degree at The Northern Royal Ballet School in Manchester.  Thank you, Erin!    
  • Year 10 and 11 girls played netball at Chapel school last week. This was an exceptionally enjoyable trip, resulting in our Y11s winning their match, Unfortunately, Y10 just missed out on a win. This was a really great evening with a superb standard of netball on display. 

Upcoming Events

As the festive season approaches, we have many events in the pipeline.  Here are some of the dates:

Tuesday 5 December:  Festive Showcase in the school hall.

Tuesday 12 December:  Hope Seniors Christmas Party at Losehill Hall.

Wednesday 13 December:  GCSE Music and Drama trip to see Hamilton in Manchester.

Thursday 14 December:  Y7 Carol Concert at St Peters Church, Hope.

More details about each event to follow.

PE after half term

Y7, Y8, Y9 boys will be on rugby for their first PE lesson of the week and table tennis for their second lesson of the week. KS4 boys will be on rugby.

Y7, Y8, Y9 girls will be on table tennis for their first PE lesson of the week and rugby for their second lesson of the week. KS4 girls will be on table tennis.

 Equipment needed:

Table tennis: Indoor PE kit

Rugby: Gum shield, old clothes suitable for the weather conditions (as students will get wet/muddy - it is recommended that students don't wear their white polo shirts), studded football or rugby boots, change of socks/underwear, a towel and a plastic bag to keep wet clothes in. 


Our PTFA would like to invite you to their very informal and friendly AGM on Tuesday 7 November at 7.30pm at the Tea Rooms at the Old Hall, Hope. The meeting usually lasts around an hour and a half but you are under no obligation to hang around if you need to get away. There will be cake and biscuits! If you have any questions, please contact the PTFA:

Job Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for a Catering Assistant (permanent role). For more information and to apply, please see the school website: Vacancies - Hope Valley College (


Derbyshire Childrens Services, health providers and a number of voluntary organisations have come together to provide help, advice, guidance and a safe space for children and young people (from 0-25yrs) who are neuro-divergent - whether or not they have a formal diagnosis.  The hubs are spread throughout Derbyshire - the nearest to Hope Valley College is in Buxton.  There is also a centre in Chesterfield.  Details of the services offered, and how they can be accessed, can be found on the attached leaflet.  

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