played against Trent College (who very kindly drove for 90 minutes to play us at Hathersage cricket ground).

It came down to the last over where it was all level, but a super duper catch under pressure/under a high ball, led our very own Maddie Ralston and HVC to victory. We look forward to more cricket being played in the future.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award has been going from strength to strength this year with 67 Year 10 students taking part.

On the 21-22 April the students, along with 18 staff members, completed a two day ‘practice’ expedition in the Peak District. The students were split into 12 smaller teams of around 5 young people who had to independently expedition across 15 miles, carrying all their equipment. The students walked from Peak Forest and Brough to meet at Thornbridge Hall near Great Longstone.

On the Sunday the students walked to either Grindleford or Rowsley. The weather was excellent and despite a few minor navigation errors, all groups successfully completed the two days. A big thanks to all staff and governors who helped make this possible.


On Friday 22 June, all years went on a sponsored walk, a short 6 miler or a long 12 miles! Y7s all did the short walk, and then were cycling in the afternoon. From school, up Losehill, along to Hollins Cross then down to Castleton visitor centre for lunch and ice cream! The short walk then returned to school, but the long walked the path to Brough: at this point many were too hot and tired to venture up the last hill and returned to school. £1,400.10 was raised for the CRY screening in September.

Year 7s

A visit to the Yorkshire sculpture park to stroll around with their workbooks looking at the exhibits began the Year 7 week.

With camping, circus skills, willow-weaving, orienteering and circus skills the rest of the week was equally successful.

Year 8 had a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester, and a day of forensics had them isolating DNA, fingerprinting, making boot print casts and a range of other activities to find out who stole a laptop!

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The Year 11 geography GCSE students braved rough conditions to visit Flamborough Head and Hornsea on the East coast for a day. The students were applying fieldwork techniques to investigate coastal erosion, impact of tourism and how coasts are protected from the effects of longshore drift. The students were also taught how to create long profiles down the beach. Not easy when the breaking waves would sometimes rush several metres higher up the beach than expected.

This year HVAFF took place in April, with better weather and a good turnout despite the better weather no doubt luring some adventurers away.

The day is a mixture of films, talks and family friendly activities, with visitors coming from a wide area to take part and raising money for the PTFA. Our thanks this year go to Matt Heason and the PTFA organising committee, as well as to the many staff and students who contribute to make the day a success.

As well as a bouldering competition and cyclocross activities, there was a mini-film competition that students could enter in advance.

The picture below shows the caving ladder competition—how quickly can you scale the ladder?

10 and under male Harry Hudson 8.81s
10 and under Female Martha Ellison 6.06s

Under 16 male Euan Patton 4.36s
Under 16 female Amelie Elkins 4.77s
Male adult Matt Heason 2.69s

Female adult Hayley Lever 5.53s

Highlights from the evening included a very entertaining talk from adventurer and parent Rob Davison, and ex-student Pete Whittaker talking about his latest adventures on El Capitan in Yosemite.

HVAFF is a regular event in the College calendar, so look out for next Spring!

Every month we take a small group of students out of College to work with members of the general public who meet once a week for some social time.

The students make drinks, cakes and serve them to the members of the community. They also play games, sing and show off their many talents.

This experience is invaluable for all, developing confidence and social skills, and most enjoyable. It also reminds students that the College is part of a bigger community.

It is always a pleasure to take the students.