Open Evening - Wednesday 5th October 2016

July 2016 HVC Community Book Club

July 2016 Book Club

Hope Wakes Week - Well Dressing 2016

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Well Dressing designed by Archie Bradstock Y7

2016 Well Dressing

The well dressing art competition has been won this year by Archie Bradstock.

Students in Year 7 were asked to create a well dressing on the theme of “Celebrating British Values”.

Since November 2014, all maintained schools are required by the Department of Education to teach and promote fundamental British Values as part of their curriculum to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The British government have defined fundamental British Values as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance

In Archie’s winning design, he has chosen to focus on celebrating mutual respect and tolerance and the rule of law against the back drop of the Union Flag.

Mutual respect and tolerance

In Archie’s design, he represents the idea of mutual respect and tolerance of people of different faiths and those with none by showing the symbols that represent 6 world religions that are practised in multi-cultural Britain today. They include, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Shinto and Buddhism.

At Hope Valley College, as well as proudly celebrating local, national and Christian traditions, students also learn about a range of world religions, their beliefs, values, customs and traditions. During their time at Hope Valley College, as well as visiting local Christian churches, all students at Hope Valley College will be able to visit an Islamic mosque and Buddhist temple. Students learn about the Jewish holocaust and from history, the impact on adults and children when there is religious intolerance and genocide.

The rule of law

In Archie’s design, he represents the idea of the rule of law with the symbol of the “scales of justice”. The concept of universal rule of law in Britain dates back to when King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. Since then, every person in Britain, including the King or Queen, is subject to the rule of law. At Hope Valley College, students learn how the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety. In the same way, school rules protect individual students’ happiness, safety and learning in College. The scales of justice represent the balance of evidence that must be considered for justice to be carried out. It also represents the balance that exist in a free and democratic country between rights and responsibilities.

Cancelled - End of year celebration for parents, staff, friends and governors


Please get your tickets now for our end of year celebration on Friday 15 July .

Parents, staff and friends are invited to join us from 7:00pm until 11pm. We will be serving a meal, the menu includes steak pie with Guinness, green Thai chicken curry and a vegetarian option, lemon roulade or profiteroles with chocolate.  A bar will be available, music for dancing and a room showing a selection of this year’s adventure films.

We would like you to join us at this event to say “thank you” to a number of staff, governors and PTFA volunteers who are moving on to other projects after many years of service to the College.

Tickets are £10 each and can be booked online via the College website or this link:


Hope Valley College physicists rise to the challenge

Eleven Hope Valley College students have been awarded certificates of commendation by the University of Oxford for their achievements at the British Physics Olympiad.

To compete in the Olympiad, the Hope Valley College students, all of whom are expecting an impressive clutch of GCSE A* grades this summer, had to answer complex and challenging physics questions designed to test the most gifted science students in the country.

The annual challenge is designed to encourage the study of physics at degree level and in particular applications to Oxbridge.

David Willis, Principal of Hope Valley College said “Our students really did rise to the challenge and were very successful in this Olympiad. Most have already chosen to study physics at A’ level in September at an impressive range of sixth form schools and colleges. I am confident that many will be inspired further to choose physics when they apply for Oxbridge or other universities in just 16 months’ time. At Hope Valley College, we want our students to be happy and confident with high expectations.

 Student physisits


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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