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Principal's update 26 January 2024

Published on 26/01/24

Dear Parents and Carers

Students in Year 10 have completed their first series of mock exams this week, whilst practical GCSE examinations for some of our Y11 students have also taken place. Our trusty team of invigilators were on hand to make sure all exams ran smoothly.

Thank you to parents and carers of Y9 students who came along to our Options Evening on Thursday – we hope you found the event useful. Options Forms will be sent to students in the next few weeks and should be submitted by 1 March.

Periodically we ask you to update any personal information for yourselves and your young person on Arbor, our new MIS system. Could we please ask that you check the information we currently have for your young person’s transportation method to and from school. Accurate transport information helps us enormously in the event of a school closure. Thank you.

What’s going on in school:

  • On Wednesday, 19 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 competed in the qualifying round of the Inter-schools Bouldering Competition at the Mini-Works in Sheffield. Each student had to tackle 15 boulder problems (climbs without ropes, with a crash mat below). The top 6 competitors will go through to the final to be held in the Spring. A great experience and a fantastic effort from all involved. Thanks to Mr Fitton, Miss Townend and Mrs Oldfield for supervising the trip.

  • Year 8 took part in our interhouse rowing competition this week. Mam Tor were the champions for both boys’ and girls’ teams, whilst Win Hill won the mixed team event. There was a great atmosphere in the hall! Well done to all involved.
  • On Saturday 20 January, 7 talented Hope Valley students represented the High Peak in the Derbyshire Country Cross Country Trials held at Motorways Stadium in Derby. Their commitment, resilience and determination to perform to their best ability was inspirational - and also reflected their results! Anwen Y9 came 8th in the Junior Girls race, and has been selected for the English Schools Cross Country squad! Tommy Y7 came 11th out of 60 runners - an incredible achievement given he was also under the weather. We also want to congratulate Jack Y11 for his 13th position, and excellent running from Thomas Y7, James Y9, Liv Y10 and Isaac Y11. Very well done, we are really proud of your achievements.

Y11 Mock Exams

The Y11 mock exams begin with French speaking exams on Monday 29 January. These will run until Thursday 1 February with the written mock exams starting on Monday 5 February.  The mock timetable can be accessed via the link below.  Students will be handed their statement of entry nearer the time. Exams - Hope Valley College (

Y11 English Mock Exams

Literature Paper 1: 

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • There are revision materials (knowledge organisers, quotation drilling, model essays, etc.) on Teams - Files - Class Materials. We would direct you to the Enrichment Learning.
  • Students can also revise plot, themes, methods by using their school login details on GCSEPod.

Language Paper 2

  • It is nearly time for their mock exams on English Language Paper 2 (non-fiction viewpoints and perspective) 
  • Revision materials for language are available in the same place on Teams - Literature Class - files - Class Materials.   

GCSE English Revision Guides

GCSE English Language and Literature revision guides and resources are available to purchase via ParentPay for all our Y10 and Y11 students who haven't purchased previously for a limited time.  We don't hold these books in stock so if you want to buy any, please make your purchase by Friday 2 February 2024, after which we will place an order with our suppliers.

WWRY Rehearsals


Mon A

Act 2 scene 6/7


Galileo, Scaramouche, Buddy

duolouges/ songs



Galileo & Scaramouche/ Brit and Oz/ Killer Queen and Kashoggi


Tuesd A









Weds A

Somebody to love 


Dancers/Teen Queens

Whole Cast





Thurs A

chorus songs


Whole cast







Act 1 scene 7 - Only the good



Act 1 scene 7/ dance



All cast


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