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Letter from the head


Dear Parents and Carers,

We are currently in the middle of the external exam season. Our Year 11 and 6th Form students have conducted themselves throughout the last couple of weeks with maturity and focus, which I am sure will be reflected in their results later in the summer. There are a number of revision sessions being organised over the half term break, which I would encourage all year 11 students to sign up for. I look forward to celebrating their results at the end of August.

As usual there has been lots going on and this edition once again demonstrates our commitment to ensuring students access a wide range of opportunities and experiences, in addition to high quality teaching in the classroom.

As I am writing this newsletter the y9 students are preparing to leave the Valley Campus for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition and later this afternoon we have Chineke coming in to play for students that have opted to take GCSE music, from years 8 and 9.

I’ve included below the latest drawing of the new dining facilities on the Nevill Campus. Planning permission has been applied for with an estimated start date of July 2019.



After a number of meetings with the Local Authority the focus for other capital expenditure have been agreed. They include improving the sporting facilities on the Valley Campus by installing a floodlit 3G astroturf pitch. The Nevill Campus plans include a new sports hall; 2 new, and 4 refurbished science labs. 

The Big Camp – Friday 28th June 2018

I wrote to all parents and carers at the beginning of the year with further information about ‘The Big Camp.’ Anyone wishing to support this event can either donate on our Just Caring page, or e-mail Jenna Eastlake ( to be part of the parent/carer contact list that we have started to support the event. This year we are planning on making the event screen free, giving the students 24hrs without their phones or iPads!


Nadiya: Anxiety And Me


Just before Christmas, TV's Nadiya Hussain visited Hove Park School, to talk to students and staff about issues regarding mental health, and to uncover the work we do to support emotional wellbeing. Nadiya has lived with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks since childhood, and together with Hove Park, recently feature in BBC One's Mental Health season.

Hove Park is heavily invested in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all our young people. The work we do to identify mental health needs and the packages of support on offer at Hove Park, has resulted in local and national recognition.

Within Brighton and Hove we are considered to be the leaders in this area, with some of our strategies being rolled out across other schools. Hove Park was chosen to take part in the Department of Education's Mental Health Champions Project. Our tiered response to mental health and the impact skilled pastoral teams and our fully integrated counselling service, was praised and published as a case study of good practice in May 2018. Having mental health and emotional wellbeing embedded as a priority across the school structure, has reduced stigma around mental health, ensured shorter waiting times for counselling and created a team of staff who are supported, skilled and have an increased confidence in offering emotional support to students.

You can watch the documentary again on iPlayer here.

Hove Park wins an Edtech Oscar!


This Half Term, Ms Prentice (Senior Deputy Head Teacher) and Mr Roberts travelled to the House of Lords to attend a celebration event organised by The Education Foundation. Hove Park School won a national award highlighting the 50 schools from across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland that are pioneering in the use of education technology to make the greatest difference to pupils, staff and parents.

These ‘Edtech Oscars’, supported by Intel, were chosen by an independent judging panel made up of educators and Edtech experts.

Hove Park, was named as part of the prestigious Edtech 50 awards and features in a national publication that showcases imaginative uses of technology to support teaching and learning across the UK. The Edtech 50 report includes details of the schools’ work and has contributions from Ministers of Education from Wales, Scotland and England.

Edtech 50 Schools is organised by the Education Foundation and CEO & Founder, Ty Goddard said:

“I would like to congratulate the Edtech 50 schools. The power of education technology provides significant support to help students learn, reduce teachers’ workload and save money. There is great potential for Edtech to help make a difference but it needs to be the right technology, implemented effectively, and with support for staff.

The Edtech 50 shines a spotlight on the schools leading the way, which we hope can inspire other schools across the UK.”

Intel, Edtech UK, JISC, Chartered College of Teaching, Net Support and the Independent Schools Council Digital Strategy Group are supporting Edtech 50 Schools.


Hove Park Students offered places at The BRIT School



Alfie showed an interest in performing from a young age and started attending Goldman’s Stage School every Saturday at the age of 7 to train in dance, singing and acting. At the age of 11 Alfie successfully auditioned for the role of a newsboy in a professional production of Gypsy, at Chichester Festival Theatre, starring Imelda Staunton. This was an amazing experience for Alfie and really ignited his passion for performing and his pursuit of grabbing every opportunity to get on stage. Alfie has gone onto perform in numerous productions with Hove Park School, Apollo Productions and several professional shows at Chichester Festival Theatre. Credits at Hove Park School have included Marius in Les Miserables, Link in Hairspray and Emmett in Legally Blonde. Apollo Productions have given Alfie the opportunity to be part of youth and adult productions, with credits including ensemble in The Producers, Cagey Joe in Bugsy Malone, Enjolras in Les Miserables and Gus in The Pajama Game. Alfie also performed in the Alan Bennet play ’40 Years On’ at Chichester Festival Theatre which involved performing every night for a 6 week run, which really showed his commitment to the world of performing arts. Alfie has continued to be supported by great teachers at Goldman’s Stage School, Hove Park School and Apollo Productions who have all been integral to developing Alfie’s performance skills and giving him great opportunities. Alfie continues to take every opportunity he can to perform and will be performing as a backing singer at 'Main Men In Musicals’ in London very soon which is another very exciting opportunity.

In September Alfie made the decision to apply to colleges to pursue his dream of a career in musical theatre. Alfie set his sights on The BRIT School of Performing Arts after an inspirational visit on their open day. The competition was very tough, with only 7 places, out of a total 70 available to out of area applicants. Despite this, Alfie decided to go for it and apply. The audition process was fairly rigorous and nerve wracking but, on Thursday 7th March, Alfie was over the moon to receive a letter from The BRIT School offering him a place on their Musical Theatre course.


The last couple of years I’ve worked really hard on my singing, dancing and acting and performed in every show I possibly could. I appeared in Hairspray and Legally Blonde at Hove Park School, and Les Miserables, the History Boys, the Wizard of Oz and Rock of Ages outside of school, as well as the Secret Garden in the West End.

I went to the Brit school audition in January and had to sing two songs, perform two contemporary dances, a Shakespeare monologue and perform a devised piece from a script. I am really pleased that I have been offered place at BRIT and am thinking about going and spending time studying musical theatre, which I’m really excited about. I however, have other options to consider but if I do decide to go, I’m sure it would be an amazing experience and great fun.


National Champions!


Year 11 student Bence has been playing high-level basketball for some time now and all his hard work is paying off! He and his brothers are members of the Sussex Storm Basketball Club and Bence, along with his U16 team, recently became the National Champions this month! After winning the National Cup in January 2019, finally, they won the National League too.

Below is some season highlights, amazing playing!

  • U16 National Cup and National Champions
  • U18 Final four in National Cup, 3rd in the National Championship
  • U16 Team II won the South Conference and got to the Play-Off
  • U14 where Bence’s twin brothers are playing we got to the Play-Off

In the Sussex Local League.

  • U18 Bence - Runner up
  • U14 with Botond and Balint - Runner up
  • U13 with Botond and Balint - Sussex Champions

Lush launch CREST ‘Bath bomb challenge’ award


It was an exciting week at jr. STEM club as we had an amazing visit from one of the leading companies in handmade cosmetics. Staff from our local ‘Lush’ store in Brighton came in to talk to students about the company, its ethos and how they make their products. The students were really engaged as they learnt how Lush products are handmade, 100% vegetarian and how they fight against animal testing and human slavery.

Over the next few weeks, students will work in small teams to research, order ingredients, test, adapt, retest and package their own bath bomb. This project will require students to work together, use scientific/technical knowledge, make decisions taking into consideration ethical issues, be creative and reflective.

A big thank you to Lush Brighton for helping to make a memorable session.

Mr Hamblin & Mrs McCutcheon




Hove Park were lucky to have Chineke performing to some of our Year 8 and 9 students this Half Term! They are playing at the Dome as part of the Brighton Festival and Hove Park was the only school performance they did in Brighton & Hove.


Creative writing national competitions update


The English department has been encouraging students to get involved in national creative writing competitions over the last few months and we have had some great results! Firstly, Year 7 student Isaac's story got through to the second round of the BBC 500 Words Competition. There were thousands of entries, so this is a fantastic achievement. The final winner will be announced in due course. Here’s his story below:

2062, so far the best year in air traffic...the sun elevated. Wind gently travelled around the airfield.

Aircraft arriving and departing without any disturbance. There hasn't been aircraft missing since 2021, a long time right! Well-hum-ah there have been crashes but not too many only a few, only about 1 commercial aircraft produced by Airbus or Boeing.

Today is a weird day. I am usually on top of the tower controlling landings, instead I am assigned to Heathrow area control. This is my first time in this dark, lacklustre room. This place is not as bad I thought it would be. I was told to meet Mrs.Wilson, where is she?

"Mr.Johnson?" said Mrs.Wilson.

I turned right round. We wished each other, you know all the polite things you should do. She showed me around, taught me a few things, she is really more strict than I thought she would be. I finally found my work space not as good as the one I use to work at before, but it's still good. When I sat down...what can I was so comfortable. I feel like I should pay attention at work more now. I have to make it clear to the pilots that I am in charge as the person working here before has a break. I have done this before. I also have a list of flights to see are the aircrafts traveling in the right zone.

An object appears on my radar with no data on how high it is, or the speed of it. I am really confused. Luckily Mrs.Wilson is with me. She instructed me to alert all the other aircraft to use the traffic features on the flight control while she contacts the airforce airtraffic control as they can track it down. Wait...Oh no...the U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) is heading right for the runways. I try to get in contact with the other flights and hopefully with the U.F.O. but before all that I need to tell the airport airtraffic department to close the runways as it is dangerous...

"Zzzzzzaaaaaaaaeeeeeeeegggggg!" That what I hear. It is coming from the U.F.O.

"Helloo?" I reply

"Zzzzeeeeggggghhhhhaaaaa!" This time in a different voice.

I am really scared as I have all the attention.

Mrs. Wilson asked me where are they heading to?

I replied, they are changing their direction, now they are heading straight to the river a few miles away...Now back to the airfield. Another controller contacts Gatwick and the newly built airport Northley International for diversion, 8 airports in London doesn't make sense right. I am going massively off topic, I have a U.F.O. around this area and I am thinking about London's airports.

The U.F.O. is really close to the airport. According to the airport department it is really shiny outside. U.F.O. is really close!! My radar goes all black.


Young Writers Poetry Escape Competition

Secondly, over 50 students entered a poem in the above competition and 46 have been shortlisted to have their poems published in a book! The book is entitled Poetry Escape – Poets from the South East, and it will be published in July. 


Duke of Edinburgh update


Forty-two year 9 students set of on their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition for their Bronze award! They left in seven groups from the Valley Campus and walked out of the conurbation to join the South Downs way in the sparkling May sunshine. They have journeyed in groups up and down on footpaths to the village of Pyecombe where they are stopping for lunch.They are continuing to Ditchling where they will camp for the night, accompanied by Hove Park Staff and Bright Expeditions, who are training them in micro-navigation in preparation for their Assessed Expedition, in July.


Visitors from Lippstadt


25 students visited the Valley Campus to take part in a number of activities organised through the languages team. The 50 students took part in a hot-seating question and answer session for 45 minutes asking and fielding questions over a wide range of topics. The visitors from Germany praised our students on their communication skills and were surprised to hear they have 200% more language time on their timetables than we offer in the UK! Sehr gut HPS!

Thanks go out to Herr Ernst and Miss Gray for wonderful organisation. Lots of shared experiences today here in school.

Talks were held of a trip being established for Y8 students in the coming year to this potential new partner school. Wir drücken die Daumen!


Hove Park student ranked 96 in England!


In December 2017 Hove Park student Deniz started playing table tennis at school in sessions put on by the Brighton Table Tennis Club.

Deniz, loved table tennis so much she started coming to the Brighton Table Tennis Club in Kemptown at weekends and was soon invited to their junior invitation sessions. She now trains three times a week and has won all of her matches in the local league against adults and competing for Sussex Under 15s. Deniz has a great attitude and is a much valued member of the club. She is currently ranked 96 in the country for her age which is remarkable for someone that has been playing for such a short amount of time.


Ms Norfolk channel swim for charity, please support!


Please donate and support Ms Norfolk here >

Since I was little I have always said I will swim the Channel and since getting into open water swimming over the last ten years, I have often thought about it and dismissed it thinking 'there's no way I'm actually going to be able to do that, what a ridiculous thing to say you are going to do; too far, too cold, too much training, too much organisation!'

However, since having a baby I lost a lot of free time in one way, but early on I gained a lot of time sitting still with a baby asleep in my arms - the perfect time to Google things and investigate if I really wouldn't be able to do it..... During my investigations I found out about Aspire and all their swims they organise and that one of these is a relay Channel swim. I read the information on their website, I emailed, I spoke to the organiser and suddenly the impossible became the possible; I could share the swim with 5 others, have someone else (with 10 years of experience) do the organisation, fund raise to pay for it and on top of that raise a significant amount of money that will go directly to the charity. When I told my husband about it I was expecting him to say 'don't be stupid', or 'really? with a 1 year old baby?', or 'you want to do what?!' but he said go for it, so here I am.

One of the main reasons I have decided to do it is all the information I found out about Aspire and all the support they provide to people whose lives have been shattered by spinal cord injury. The assessment day was at their Headquarters, these aren't just an office, they are a state of the art leisure centre. They hold gym equipment accessible to all, allowing wheelchair users to use the equipment alongside others and the only swimming pool in the country with a wheelchair ramp allowing many people to independently use facilities they cannot elsewhere. Along with these facilities Aspire support people with spinal cord injury with all aspects of their lives and with getting them back on track, following a life changing injury. Aspire say 'this support allows people with spinal injury to lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in their workplace and in leisure time.'

Please donate and support Ms Norfolk here >



Peer tutor update


A Goldstone take over day with the Year 7, 8 and 9 Peer Tutors! We tip toed around the school supporting Year 4 to make lively animated trailers about Ancient Egyptian life as the Goldstone Primary Year 6’s sat their SAT’s. The corridors were alive with whispering (mostly!) students supporting the children to use iMovie to make trailers or short movies about the Year 4 topic.

A parent said to me outside the school this morning, ‘my daughter loves it when your Peer Tutors come in to her class - she looks forward to it every week!’

Mrs Hunt


Maths at Sainsbury’s?


A group of Year 8 mathematicians had their maths lesson in Sainsbury’s! They completed six short activities involving finding 3D shaped packaging, compared the prices of similar items, looked at liquid measurements and converted them, asked the staff and customers there questions about average amounts of money being spent and number of hours worked, conducted a survey of popular package colours and found out ways that products are stacked. Clearly engaging them all in number, shape and space, fractions, algebra, data handling and problem solving!

The students conducted themselves in an exemplary way and were a credit to the school. They were all treated to drinks and snacks at the end of a very exciting and real life maths lesson! Who knew there was so much maths in a supermarket?!

Well done all of 8hMaS – you were amazing!


Little Green Pig AMPLIFIED


As part of Brighton Festival, Year 10 student Paige performed in Little Green Pig AMPLIFIED alongside other young people from local schools at the Brighthelm Centre.

Following a six-week writing and mentoring project, eight young people from Brighton & Hove took to the stage. Representing diverse backgrounds, and with unique tales to tell, the performers inhabited public space and amplified their words as never before. AMPLIFIED was part TED Talk, part YouTube confessional, but ultimately a celebration of the human story.


Year 9s experience the Cold War


A group of budding Year 9 history students undertook a research trip to the National Archives at Kew.The National Archives is a repository for documents generated by central government, around 11 million pieces, stretching back to the Doomesday Book.Currently, the archive is hosting an exhibition on the UK’s role in the Cold War, with choice items from its collections.Students explored the shadowy world of Cold War espionage, as well as the government’s increasingly paranoid response to a nuclear arms race.We were particularly struck by DIY advice from the Thatcher government on how to construct make-shift fallout rooms in cupboards under the stairs, part of the Protect and Survive initiative, which on reflection would have proved entirely ineffectual.Besides the exhibition, students also participated in a workshop to assess what the British government knew about the Holocaust, again accessing original documents.This led to some excellent discussion around source analysis, providing a valuable and memorable learning experience overall.


Sussex Sharks Trip


50 students took part in a trip to the county ground Schools day as part of the PE department rewards programme. A lovely afternoon was had by all, watching some great cricket played by Sussex in bat on route to their 347 total. Thanks to Gary Wallis Tayler and Sussex cricket for running the schools


Daily Questions - Support your child's GCSE revision


To help support our Year 11 students in the lead up to their GCSE exams we will be sending out English and Maths revision questions and tips every day via our Facebook & Twitter accounts. Parents and carers, please like our Facebook & Twitter accounts and share the posts with your family members and friends in year 11 as we know that small amounts everyday can make a big difference.

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What's On 

June 3rd - Summer Term 2 begins

June 11th-13th - YR10 geography trip

June 15th-22nd - Rockley Trip

June 26th - YR11 Graduation

June 27th - YR11 Prom

June 28th-29th - YR7 Big Camp

July 8th-11th - Art exhibition 

July 16th - YR8 Graduation

July 17th - YR9 Graduation

July 18th - Sports Day

July 25th - Last day of term



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Year 11 Revision Programme Summer Half-Term Holiday

We are running a GCSE revision programme at Hove Park School Nevill Campus during the summer half-term holiday. There will be revision lessons on offer to Year 11 students from 9am-12pm, Tuesday 28th May – Friday 31st May and you can view the programme here.

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