June 2016 HVC Community Book Club
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.
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
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.