Hope Valley College

Hope Valley College, Castleton Road (A6187), Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire in England is an academy school, adjacent to the Peakshole Water, in the High Peak district for pupils in years 7 to 11.

Hope Valley College
Castleton Road

Hope Valley
S33 6SD

Coordinates53.34742°N 1.75017°W / 53.34742; -1.75017
Local authorityDerbyshire
Department for Education URN112942 Tables
Head teacherPaul Dearden[1]
Age11 to 16
Enrolment618 pupils
HousesDerwent, Howden & Ladybower
Colour(s)Blue, Red & Yellow


The school was first opened in September 1958 but did not officially open until July 1959 and has celebrated its 50th anniversary.[2][3] The college also received a specialism in Applied Learning with Gifted and Talented in March 2009 making it the first school in Derbyshire to be awarded three specialisms.[4]


The college does not have a sixth form, but it opened a post-16 education centre for children with learning difficulties and disabilities in September 2012.


The school has three houses named after the Upper Derwent Valley dams situated approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from the school:

Academic performance

Pupils from the school get better than average GCSE results.[5] It does not have a sixth form, although the College offers an adult education programme at the College itself, Bamford Village Institute and Grindleford Pavilion.[6] The college has a wide range of in school and after school clubs, including, 'Big Band',[7] coeducational choir, many different music groups, drama club, textiles club, annual musical performances, 'Agape' RE discussion group and different sporting activities/clubs, along with more ever expanding extra-curricular clubs, and different academic groups outside of school leading to different qualifications, such as extra GCSEs and FSMQ.

In February 2018, Hope Valley College received an academic performance score by Ofsted of 'Inadequate'. The Ofsted inspectors proclaim “[The senior leader's] poor communication with each other and with staff is hindering school improvement.".[8]


  1. enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk, Ofsted Communications Team (28 December 2018). "Find an inspection report and registered childcare". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. "Hope Valley College turns 50". Hope Valley College. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  3. "Hope Valley College Derbyshire Information, contacts, map, results". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2012. In 2001, it became a Technology College. In 2005, it also gained Arts College specialist status.
  4. "Hope Valley College awarded 3rd specialism". Hope Valley College. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  5. "Hope Valley College". BBC Online. 19 October 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
  6. "Adult & Community Education". Hope Valley College. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  7. "Big Band". Hope Valley College. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  8. "Hope Valley school rated as Inadequate by Ofsted inspectors' report". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
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