Close vote in Hope Valley College mock EU referendum

Over the previous three weeks, students have heard from a range of staff and students about what the European Union is, how it started and how it currently effects their lives. They have heard from students and staff making the case in favor of remaining or leaving the EU, including Chair of Governors, Andrew Critchlow, Derbyshire county advisor for the NFU, who explained how a British exit from the EU might positively and negatively affect the farming industry.

The result was very close: 55% voted to remain, 45% vote to leave the EU

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David Willis, Principal at Hope Valley College said:

“The outcome of the EU referendum will affect our students for decades to come and yet they don’t have a real vote. We therefore felt it was important that they learnt about the EU and the main arguments in favour of remaining and leaving the EU so that they can discuss their views with family members who can vote.

In particular, we want our students to be inspired to learn more than just the arguments reported in the media as both sides of the referendum campaigns have been accused of misrepresenting statistics as facts. At Hope Valley College we want our students to be  open-minded and adventurous with broad horizons”.

The Hope Valley College mock EU Referendum was held early, ahead of the real referendum on 23rd June 2016, to allow students in Year 11, who start their GCSE exams imminently, to also be involved.

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Hope Valley College welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

On Monday 29 February, 300 Y9, Y10 and Y11 students from Hope Valley College heard the testimony from Holocaust survivor, Joanna Millan,as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

David Willis, Principal at Hope Valley College said:

“It was a privilege for us to welcome Joanna Millan to our school and her testimony will remain as a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Joanna’s testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:

“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Joanna’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived.”


Y9 Tutor Evening & Y8 Curriculum talks - Monday 29 February

The Year 9 Tutor Evening is to be held on Monday 29 February, 5.30 - 7.30pm.  To book your appointment online please go to

Also during the evening parents of Year 8 students are invited to a talk by Mr Dearden in the Hall at 5.30, 6.15 or 7.00 pm. This is to look at the proposed changes to the Year 9 curriculum next year. 

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