Ofsted Inspection July 2014

The College was delighted to be judged as GOOD overall and within all four categories in its’ recent inspection.  Please follow the link below to read the full report:


 Hope Valley College’s overall effectiveness has been judged to be “Good” after its recent  OFSTED inspection in July.

In addition to the overall judgement the College was also assessed as ‘good’ in all four key areas of student achievement, quality of teaching, student behaviour and safety and leadership and management. The inspectors found that “teaching is typically good with some that is outstanding”.

The report gives praise to the determination of the senior management team and staff to improve the College, saying “Leaders have taken a determined approach to improve teaching and students’ achievement.” Good is the second highest commendation inspectors can award during an inspection, with only five Secondary school in Derbyshire currently rated higher.

Principal Bernie Hunter commented: “We have worked hard to ensure the College provides a high standard of education that delivers both academic and vocational success in a caring and positive environment. We are delighted that this was recognised by Inspectors in our recent OFSTED inspection and are committed to maintaining this high quality provision of education for the local community.”

Inspectors reported that the College’s academic achievements were good, suggesting that “students’ rates of progress and attainment are improving across subjects and year groups”.

This improvement has seen the proportion of students who attained 5+ GCSE Grades A*-C (including English and maths) rise to well above the national average, with rates of progress in English and Maths being consistently amongst the highest in Derbyshire. Inspectors also noted that the College was characterised by its caring and harmonious environment and praised it for providing ‘rich and varied learning experiences’. 

Principal Bernie Hunter said: “We are proud of what we have achieved since our last inspection and will now be working towards being judged ‘outstanding’ in a future inspection. We take every opportunity provide our students with a varied and enriching educational experience that delivers success academically, vocationally and socially.  We are pleased that this was recognised by inspectors alongside our high standard of teaching and this was accurately reflected in the report accordingly.”?



Previous Inspections

Art & Design Inspection 

Hope Valley College had an inspection on the provision in Art & Design on 10 June 2009. The feedback letter following the visit is still available below:


Hope Valley College was also inspected in early July 2008. A snapshot of the report is reproduced below, and the full report is also available to download.

“Hope Valley is a good and improving college. It provides a high quality curriculum for students of all abilities, interests and talents. Strong teamwork, good leadership, commitment and hard work ensure that students experience a vibrant education that contributes greatly to above average standards, good progress and personal development.

The college is friendly and inclusive. A high priority is set on developing the whole student, as indicated by outstanding levels of care, support and guidance.

The college has a strong impact on the personal development and well-being of its students, and is highly regarded by the community in this respect. Students say they feel safe and valued. They know how to stay healthy, and participate in many sporting and performance activities. Widespread involvement in drama productions and music performances successfully promote community spirit and a sense of belonging. Attitudes to learning are good and this reflects the positive relationships they enjoy with their peers and staff. Cases of bullying are rare and students have confidence that staff will address any concerns expressed. Students enjoy college life and are enthusiastic about the increasing range of opportunities and experiences.”

The College was previously inspected between 15 and 18 March 2004. On that occasion the Ofsted report concluded that

“Hope Valley College is a very good college; it provides a very good quality of education for its students and is a happy, harmonious community of learners. The college is an orderly place in which to learn because the very good leadership of the principal and other key staff, well supported by governors, has ensured that all students, including those with special educational needs and those designated as gifted and talented, achieve very well. Teaching and learning are very good in all years, and there is much that is excellent. The college provides very good value for money.