Hope Valley College
|Houses||Derwent, Howden & Ladybower|
|Colours||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. 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. Longstanding head teacher Bernie Hunter retired in Easter 2015.
It has 618 pupils attending. Currently, 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:
Pupils from the school get better than average GCSE results. It does not have a sixth form, although the adult education programme thrives. The college has a wide range of in school and after school clubs, including, 'Big Band', 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.
- "Principal's Welcome". Hope Valley College. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2009-01-15.[permanent dead link]
- "Hope Valley College turns 50". Hope Valley College. 2008-11-04. Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
- "Hope Valley College Derbyshire Information, contacts, map, results". Retrieved 11 May 2012. In 2001, it became a Technology College. In 2005, it also gained Arts College specialist status.
- "Hope Valley College awarded 3rd specialism". Hope Valley College. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2009-03-12.[permanent dead link]
- "Hope Valley College". BBC Online. 2005-10-19. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- "Big Band". Hope Valley College. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2009-01-15.[permanent dead link]