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Letter from the head


Dear Parents and Carers,

At the end of what seems like a very long term it is good to reflect and look back on what we have achieved. Our Awards Evening held at The Old Market was a really lovely event that celebrated student progress. In the same week we had over 200 students take part in our annual Valley 5k run. This edition of Parklife once again shows the breadth of experience and opportunities that students have been involved in. It is also important to acknowledge the staff commitment and time that goes into making them happen.

Although some students have already started some of their practical exams the majority of the written components start after the Easter break. It is really important that students continue to take full advantage of all the different learning opportunities left including normal timetabled lessons, in addition to the extra support provided after school. Over the Easter holidays there are also planned revision sessions available to year 11 students, to support their exam preparations.

The OurProm fund launched earlier this term. So far we have raised £1205 to support all our year 11 students accessing the Year 11 Prom. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the following link

In addition, the Year 7 Big Camp is planned for Friday 28th June 2019. It was a really great event last summer that we want to ensure all year 7 students are able to enjoy. Any donations to support this would be gratefully received using the funding page

Finally, I wrote to parents and carers earlier this week to involve them in a review of our mobile phone policy. The closing date for responses is Monday 22nd April.

Thank you for your continued support. I hope you all have a restful break.

Best wishes,

Jim Roberts



Awards Evening 2019


Over 140 students shone at Hove Park School and Sixth Form's annual Awards Evening at The Old Market Theatre, on Thursday 4th April.

Students across all year groups and all faculties received awards for outstanding achievements and progress in learning as well as for leadership and contribution to the school and wider community.

Awards were presented by special guest Paul Samuels, Hove Park Alumnus and Executive Vice Principal of AEG Europe, the world leading sports and entertainment provider.

Stunning individual and group performances saw the wealth of Hove Park school's creative talent on show including reprisals of Dance At The Dome and Legally Blonde.

We're already looking forward to celebrating with over 100 new winners at our 2020 Awards.


Young Interpreters and Indonesian Visitors


This half term, an International Education Consultant from H.E.I., along with 21 students and two teachers from Al Azhar 19 Cibubur Islamic Junior High School in Jakarta, Indonesia, visited Hove Park School. The school had specifically asked to come to HPS because of our international specialisms. They really wanted to experience life as an English school student. Each Indonesian student was buddied up with a Young Interpreter at Hove Park School and then they accompanied them to normal lessons.

Our fantastic Young Interpreters did a fabulous job of “buddying” with our Indonesian visitors, ensuring they felt welcome and comfortable, so far away from home.

The Indonesian students learnt many things about life in an English school, however our own Young Interpreters also learnt many things about life in Indonesia. They all enjoyed sharing and learning about each other’s cultures and ways of life. Our visitors visited many places, such as Portsmouth and Seven Sisters Country Park whilst they were here, but I think they enjoyed the shopping the most!

On Thursday, March 28, 2019 our Young Interpreters introduced the students to the Year 7 Assembly and talked about their time together. Then as a special “Thank You” to the school for hosting them, we were treated to an Indonesian dance and presentation. Firstly, the girls performed a mesmerising cultural dance from West Sumatra, wearing traditional costumes; then we were treated to a musical show with singing and music on hand made Angklung instruments (a percussion instrument made from bamboo, each specially tuned to a different pitch).

At the end of the assembly, they very generously gifted the instruments to the school for use in music lessons. Mr. Paul, our Head of School, was presented with a gift and not forgetting their special buddies, our Young Interpreters were also given small bags of gifts.

On Friday 29th March 28, 2019 Mr. Paul presented our Young Interpreters and visitors with their certificates, which they proudly accepted with beaming smiles.

Everyone has made new friends, learnt about new cultures and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Shahena Bashir & Chris Carpenter

EAL Team

Hove Park School


Annual 5k


On Wednesday 200 students, staff and Primary School pupils chased the frozen hale away by running the incredible, now annual school event, the Hove Park School 5k Race.

It was an amazing display of the community spirit we have here at Hove Park at the same time as supporting a local charity linked directly to our school, The Hangleton and Knoll Project. Hove Park School students from Year 7 to Year 11, Year 6 children from Goldstone Primary, St Paul’s Primary and HPS staff made the event a whole school community collaboration.

Staff at Hove Park School, Legal & General employees and local business donations made the whole thing possible and we would like to thank the following companies for their support: Local running club leader Matt Lambert did a fantastic warm up, started the race and provided oranges for all the finishers. Sainsbury’s donated 200 chocolate bars, Waitrose donated 200 bananas and Legal & General provided staff to help marshal the course.

There were super happy students at the end as they received a specially designed Hove Park School 5k finisher medal and a goodie bag! Mr Roberts shook every single runner’s hand at the finish and presented them with their bespoke medal.

This event is getting bigger and bigger each year as we have risen from 100 participants in the first year to 160 last year to a complete sell out of 200 this year!
Mrs Hunt says she was inundated with last minute requests for students to join in and thinks she could have sold at least another 30 places at the last minute!

It was just incredible to see the huge number of entrants brave the hail and finish in glorious unseasonal sunshine. Students were able to relax after the race with their friends and tuck into their goodie bags on the school field. Some even got a raffle ticket on the way round for good sportsmanship and won themselves an Easter Egg!

Final total for sponsorship money to be donated to The Hangleton and Knoll Project is yet to be calculated so watch this space!

‘Many thanks again for raising funds for the project – the money will benefit the local community and it was so lovely to see and speak to some of the young people we are working with, and so nice they came to say Hi!’ Nina from Hangleton and Knoll Project

‘Thank you SO MUCH for the race today it was sooooooooooo much fun!

I can’t wait for next years already, and I also won 3 Easter eggs!’ Yr9 student.


Finley and Tommy called up for England training


Congratulations to Year 9 student Tommy who has been selected for the U15 England Goalkeeping Development Camp this April. Tommy, who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion U15’s, will travel to St. George’s Park after the Easter holiday for a week long development camp where he will train with FA coaches and other young goalkeepers from around the country. Well done Tommy and good luck!

Further to the call-up for Year 9 student Tommy Reid to England’s U14 Goalkeeping Camp at St. Georges Park, we are delighted to also hear that Year 9 student Finley has also been called up for the week long development camp with England. Finley has been with Fulham F.C’s academy for the past 6 months so this is a tremendous achievement! Well done to Finley and good luck to both Finley and Tommy. Two potential England internationals from the same year group makes us all at Hove Park very proud.

The training camps will see 5 potential keepers whittled down to 3 in each year group. These lucky 3 will go on to the England squad camp in May and will represent their country in international football matches

Pictured above is Finley (left) & Tommy (right) together


Speaking workshop at the Spanish Bilingual Primary School


On Wednesday the 27th of March, nine Year 11 students participated in a speaking workshop at the Spanish Bilingual Primary School. This was a great opportunity for both our students and the Year 6 students to practise their speaking skills in preparation for the coming exam. The Year 6 teacher was very grateful for our students' help, and commented on how nice and polite they were. We are hoping to renew the experience in the next few weeks.


OurProm 2019


Over the last eighteen months, we have demonstrated that our vision for the school is more than just words. The Big Camp and Together at Christmas events amongst others, are about providing opportunities and experiences for our students and ensuring we show a care and concern, for the community we serve.

The Year 11 Prom has become a wonderful celebration of a student’s time at Hove Park. Pangdean Barn is the perfect location for this special event to take place, which is why we have gone back there for the last few years.

However, we are fully aware that the ticket price together with everything else that goes with it, will sometimes make the total cost, a barrier to attending for some students.

We have therefore challenged our Senior Students to work together to raise money for an OurProm fund. We will use this fund to subsidise the ticket cost to ensure that all students are able to attend and/or allow families to access the fund to help pay for the additional extras including; suit/dress, hair, makeup and transport.

If you would like to support OurProm you can make a contribution at our GoFundMe page - thank you.


Students grill John Howarth MEP


Following on from last half term when students interviewed MP Peter Kyle, this half term our students took part in a Digital Surgery with John Howarth MEP, discussing a wide range of topics including how he became an MEP, Brexit & what exactly does an MEP do. Thanks to The Politics Project for such an amazing opportunity for our students!

Mr Hunting had this to say about this great experience

"We had the second of our Digital Surgeries with a Year 11 PRE class (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics) where we have been exploring democracy and values over several sessions. The inspiring organisation the Politics Project organised for a live video link up during class with the MEP for the South East England, John Howarth. The students had researched John’s role and life and asked a number of questions about being an MEP, whether the job was inspiring, his life before becoming an MEP and what he will do next, as well as questions on Brexit. John Howarth also asked the students what they thought of Brexit and after a certain diffidence, when he rephrased the question, to ask if would you vote to stay in if able to now, almost all said they would! A big thank you to Josh and Harriet at the Politics project for setting it up and to John Howarth MEP for giving up his time."


PE round-up


Since our last Parklife, Hove Park has seen some great successes from our PE teams. The Year 8s went through to Semi Finals of Town Cup in StyleHove Park were crowned champions at the Brighton & Hove Basketball Championship, our full swimming team participated at the Brighton & Hove Swimming Gala Championship, the Year 7 netball team went to Dorothy Stringer for the Area Netball tournament, we competed in the Sussex School Cross Country and we were lucky to have Albion in the Community deliver high quality Indoor Futsal sessions. To read all our PE news follow this link.


DofE Silver award


36 students recently set out in teams to begin a three-day assessed expedition in the New Forest in Hampshire, to achieve their Silver award, accompanied by some staff who were supporting and others assessing. There were three teams from year 10 and three from year 11, the latter enjoying a welcome break having just finished their mock science exam the day before! It was an early rise just after 7am to make the most of the daylight. Groups must spend 7 hours every day on expedition, although not all this has to be spent travelling; some can be working on their aim - in some cases a study of the wildlife, or nature of the forest; but going so early in the year meant there was a possibility of being benighted! Nevertheless, all groups excelled in their navigation on the first day through the forest. Some used forest trails others cycle paths, others took bearings across the open land and through the forested areas, or a combination of all of these.

We were out for two nights and three days, the groups cooked their own meals and slept in tents in scout camps in the forest. The second day was from Burley, to the area around Brockenhurst. One group, whose aim was a study of wildlife, encountered a barn owl flying past at really close quarters and the next moment a deer skeleton, as they went deep into the forest to explore.

Our final day was journeying through the forest to Lyndhurst for the bus home on the Saturday evening. The young people on assessment were assisted by a number of staff who gave up time to make it happen, but the rewards were immense in seeing young people enjoying being outdoors away from technology and the city. All the teams passed their assessment and now only have to finish their volunteering, skill and physical sections to achieve their Silver Award! Well done to all!



The Big Pedal


We have embraced The Big Pedal at Hove Park this year. It's a way of supporting students, staff and parents who arrive to school using 'human power' be that cycling, walking, scooting or using a wheelchair. Each day our tutors will log how their students arrive to school. Our best five days determines our final position in the leaderboard and the event runs from 25 March - 5 April 2019. Human power is great for the environment too, and the more we log, the more chance we have of winning a prize. Take a look at the website and thanks for your support. Keep pedaling!


Crest Award Funding and STEM Update


We have been successful in applying for a grant to fund the completion of a CREST Award through Jr. STEM club.

CREST is the British Science Association's scheme for STEM project work, that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. The projects are nationally recognised and are student led. We have decided to complete a bronze award called 'Bath Bomb Challenge'.

I'm excited to say that we have Lush coming in to launch the project and share with students how they make their bath bombs. Lush, have over hundred stores in the UK and are one of the leading companies in 'Fresh, Handmade Cosmetics’.

The aim is to make this a challenging and thought provoking real world STEM project. Students will research, design, test and make their own bath bomb.

Also this half term in STEM we have had a Classic Egg Drop Challenge and looked into stress!


DofE awards Evening


Hove Park school celebrated in style with our Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) silver and bronze Awards Evening.

All students who passed their DofE awards were invited, with friends and family, to receive their award certificates from the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex and special guest, Tristan Gooley ( The Natural Navigator). Tristan spoke to our awards winners about his life as the world's only professional natural navigator, and how our students could use virtually anything to navigate around the world!

Headteacher, Mr Roberts, said

"The Duke of Edinburgh is a brilliant awards programme that really stretches and challenges the students. I’m really pleased that we are able to celebrate their individual achievement with family and friends and also with our 2 very special guests. "


Swaziland training expedition


This weekend we had 16 year 10 and 11 students wild camping in Ashdown Forrest in preparation for their Swaziland expedition in the summer. Over the weekend the team were solely responsible for finding us a suitable home for the night and preparing and cooking enough food on an open camp fire. The Hove Park students were incredible and took the whole experience in their stride.

Despite it being extremely wet and windy on Saturday, the team set up camp and managed to start and maintain an open fire, something that all other teams found difficult. Our students then prepared and cooked Spaghetti Bolognese for the whole team, including 2 teachers and an expedition leader. The expedition leader even stated that the meal was the “best she had experienced” over her 20 year career leading expeditions. Despite sleeping in challenging conditions, the students rose early again to start a fire and cook everyone breakfast. We finished the day by hiking into a nearby village as well as practising key skills required for our fantastic adventure to Swaziland in July.

The team worked so well together despite the adverse weather conditions during the weekend. We are all very excited for the amazing adventure planned in Swaziland, as well working with local communities.


Peer tutoring update


It’s been another busy year with nearly 100 student Peer Tutors working in our school and outside in our local Primary Schools. They have been working with younger students at school in our Learning for Life lessons and have been supporting the year 7 students with reading, maths and PSHE.

They have forged incredible working partnerships with Goldstone Primary School, the Bilingual Primary School and Iford & Kingston Primary School this year so far. They have ran ICT support sessions for year 4, maths group work for year 1, diversity workshops - celebrating the diversity of ethnicities in our school, Peer Tutor training for year 5’s and helped out to run rugby sessions with year 5’s on the 4G pitch in Hove Park.

There is a brand new group of Peer Tutors in year 8 and some of these students have already been out on jobs already. There is a plan next term to train up some year 7’s to be Peer Tutors as they will be needed next year at Valley Campus.

A hugely successful year so far thanks to the commitment and drive of the Peer Tutors who all share a common desire to help younger pupils. Amazing!


The Secret Life of the Teenaged Brain



Mrs Pinney recently sat on the panel at Brighton5 / Make (Good) Troubles ‘The Secret Life of the Teenaged Brain’ on Saturday the 9th of March where experts, parents and teens explored the adolescence experience in 2019. The teenaged brain, behavioural trends, body image and the impact of a digitally networked life were tackled in a thoughtful and engaging way, with plenty of space provided for the audience to get involved and ask questions.



Hove Park does Comic Relief!


The Hove Park PE department have again been running a Comic Relief Event Week, taking place in every Valley Campus PE lesson. The Comic Relief Week is running from Monday 11th to Friday 15th March. The PE department are running it for a full week so that every student has the opportunity to take part in the activities in their timetabled Key Stage 3 PE lesson.

Hove Park students will be given a presentation on this year’s Comic Relief focus and will then learn the importance of this charity and the important work they do. The PE lesson will then involve fun and enjoyable challenges, including an obstacle course in the gymnasium.

Over the last five years, we at Hove Park have managed to raise over £1500 for the charity, helping change people's lives for the better.


Let's Dance 2019


Last night, Hove Park students performed at the week-long dance festival, Let's Dance at the Dome. They were performing to the song 'In My Mind' and initially, Terri Johnson (former Hove Park student) had created some choreography that was developed by Miss Satterly and the dancers. The dancers produced an incredibly polished performance and were a credit to the school.


Anthony Nolan Trust


Hove Park Sixth Form had an introduction from the Anthony Nolan Trust in assembly last week, and then followed up with a recruitment session in the common room today. The Anthony Nolan Trust matches incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants. The students learned about how they can support the lives of other people by signing up as a potential donor of blood, stem cells and organs. The interest was very high with nearly 20% of Sixth Form signing up today, and a similar number of students taking applications forms away to complete. Hove Park Sixth Form are proud to support the Anthony Nolan Trust and have organised for an annual registration event to take place from now on. Well done students!


Hove Park Student picked for national training programme for talented youngsters


Year 9 student, Isabella, is one of a dozen young gymnasts from Brighton, Hove and Shoreham who has been talent-spotted by Team GB and given places on a national training programme.

Isabella was invited to join the British Gymnastics’ National Talent Development Programme and over the coming months national coaches will work intensively with her to prepare her to represent Great Britain at international competitions in Hungary and Bulgaria!

A full write up about Isabella can be viewed on today's Brighton and Hove News > Brighton and Hove gymnasts picked for national training programme for talented youngsters.


UK Junior Maths Challenge


Students from Year 7 and 8 are enjoying studying in their lunchtimes!

‘Food and maths is the best combination ever’ Rosabelle - Year 7 student.

The students are being given an opportunity to practice questions in preparation for the UK Junior Maths Challenge.


BBC Radio Sussex


BBC Radio Sussex and Make Good Trouble Productions had a live, round the table, discussion between parents, experts and teachers on raising teenagers this week.

The programme, part of Kathy Caton's Big Take Over show, featured none other than Rose Scott, School Counselor and Assistant Head of Year 10 at Hove Park School! You can listen on catch up here: starting from 2 hours 13 mins. Rose was discussing how to deal with fights, flare-ups and communicating with your teen.


World Book Day 2019


To celebrate World Book Day, Hove Park School was taken over, by over 20 teachers on both sites acting very strangely...for one day only, they 'became' books such as: Noughts and Crosses, The Wizard of Oz and The Great Gatsby! Students whizzed around the school to complete the Book Title Quest to win a 'booky' prize.

Year 7 participated in a successful spelling bee during assembly as led by Mrs Ruggles. Over 15 students entered the '500 words' short story competition with a chance to win two theatre tickets to see Malorie Blackman's 'Noughts and Crosses' at the Theatre Royal. All entries have been entered into the BBC Radio 2 story competition.

All students were given a free book voucher by their English teachers and around 200 books were swapped in the LRC at lunch time. Finally, a movie showing of The Great Gatsby was shown in the library at Nevill with popcorn and 1920s mocktails on sale to raise money for Our Prom. A lucky student found the winning golden ticket inside his popcorn and won a Nando's gift card. Dreams can come true!


Barcelona buddies


A group of 16 students came to Hove Park this week from a school in Barcelona and were buddied up with our students. Some firm friendships were made and the students enjoyed seeing life in a British school. Thank you to some very helpful Hove Park students such as Linda who has been a buddy and has looked after Spanish students several times now. Sinsee who worked hard to look after a number of Spanish girls and Heli who looked after two. The year 9 students enjoyed an intercambio session with them when the Spanish worked as teachers. Tyler and Jack managed to have a conversation with them in Spanish by the end of the session. Mai and Zainab worked hard in the session and really improved their spoken Spanish with two Spanish buddies. Thank you to all the students and staff that welcomed our visitors this week.

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April 23rd - First day of summer term    

April 24th - Year 11 Mock Results

April 29th - Yr 8 Exams

May 2nd - Y9 Be the Change Awards Celebration

May 6th - Yr 9 Exams

May 23rd - 24th - Bronze DofE Expedition Practice

May 24th - Last day of half term



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