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Letter from the head


Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed a restful 2 week break. Our recently published Almanac and Parklife newsletters continue to highlight the amazing things that happen at Hove Park and the opportunities that students have to contribute and make a difference.

I take considerable pride in reading through all the different activities and events that have happened and would also like to acknowledge the time, effort and energy of the staff that make them happen.


Open evening


This year's Open Evening was a great success. Classrooms were zinging with interactivity and student involvement, and there was such a lovely atmosphere around our School.

From all the staff and students of Hove Park thank you to all the Year 6 parents that joined us. We hope you had just as much fun as we did!


£4.5 million capital investment


The recommendations in the Basic Need report were agreed by the Brighton and Hove Policy, Resources & Growth Committee last night. The report recommends Hove Park School is allocated £4.5 million, for capital projects. This is in addition to the money already agreed for work to build a new canteen on the Nevill campus, which will start in the Summer term.

After several months of meetings and discussions, this is really exciting news for our school and will enable us to further develop our facilities and accommodation, on both campuses.

With this decision being taken, we will be meeting with the Local Authority in the next few weeks, to plan and prioritise, but clearly the additional money will support specialist accommodation on both campuses, as part of our move to a 3-year Key Stage 4 in September 2019, in addition to the development of our dining and sports facilities.


Partnership with Legal & General


Hove Park is pleased to announce our community partnership with Legal & General, Hove. It means we will be working closely with Legal & General to give our pupils the chance to get involved with lots of activities connected to the world of work, sport, wellbeing, IT and the community. To start the partnership, pupils will be joining Legal and General volunteers for Children in Need where they will help on the night in the call centre.

Other planned events include a Dragon’s Den-style project where L&G leaders will judge the best idea and we will also be getting the pupils involved in an annual Community Games event. Legal and General will also be sponsoring our annual Big Camp, Valley Challenge and Valley 5K events.

As part of our new partnership, they have agreed to open their staff exercise sessions held in Hove Park on Thursday evenings to Hove Park staff.

Karan Martin, Hove Location Director, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be going into a community partnership with Hove Park School. As part of our L&G in the Community initiative, I was keen to explore how we could give something back to a school in our area. We believe Hove Park is a great school and, being just down the road from our Hove site, it seemed like a perfect opportunity. We have lots of exciting activities planned which we hope will be really meaningful for pupils while giving them an insight into life after education through the interaction they gain with our colleagues.”


Sixth Form Open Evening


This year's Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Nov 6th, 6.30 pm -8.30 pm. Our Director of Sixth Form's talk will be 6.45pm.


It's Alright To Be Different


Oscar joined Hove Park as a new Year 7 this year from St Andrew's Primary School and is quite unique. He wanted to share his unique story with his fellow students, here’s Oscar’s story.

Oscar loves acting, drama, cricket and parkour so is always on the move! He is currently in the middle of filming a short film called ‘Gang Buster’ and is keen to do lots more. His passion lies in parkour and he’s a regular member of Urban Arts Academy in Hove doing flips and tricks!

One day Oscar came home from a local parkour club before the summer holidays and told his parents that some boys had been asking him why he was so small and laughing at his size. He said to his parents “I think when I start secondary school, I’d like to tell everyone in one go about me and my life, then I won’t get asked all the time” - They thought it was a great idea and really brave of him, and obviously were super proud of him.

Oscar has a very rare condition called Ring 5 Chromosome which is a deletion of his number 5 chromosomes. This affects his growth and means he has to inject growth hormone every day into his leg to help him grow. He won’t grow as tall as his dad (6.1ft), like most boys would, but hopefully he will be as tall as his mum at 5.4ft.

The condition Oscar has is so rare that there are only 2 other known diagnosed cases in the world! - One of those is a young lady in Devon (who he has met with his parents) and the other is a boy in Texas!

Hettie, Oscar’s younger cousin, suggested he make a film to explain how unique he is, as this would be easier to show his fellow classmates and the idea grew from there.

Oscar showed his film, 'It’s Alright To Be Different', during the Year 7, 8 and 9 assemblies, and working in television his mum mentioned Oscar’s plans to a few celebrities, who all wanted to be involved! The film was so captivating that many celebrities sent him videos back in support. From Lorraine Kelly to Stacey Solomon, Michael Mcintyre to Phillip Schofield, all agreed that Oscar is amazing and that we are all unique!

Oscar’s film has been so inspiring that the Anti-Bullying Alliance, has asked him to be an ambassador for their charity’s ‘Odd Socks Day’, and for him to record an anti-bullying song with Andy Day!

Watch his Youtube video.

Duke of Edinburgh Years 10 & 11 silver award!


Forty students from Years 10 and 11 took part in their practice expedition in the Ashdown Forest in preparation for their assessment in the New Forest in March 2019. They proved themselves able to work as a team, pitch camp and cook in the woods and on campsites over two days and overcome many navigational challenges.


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Match Report - U16 girls football team


On Wednesday 19th September the U16 girls football team played Blatchington Mill in their first game of the new season.

It was a tough fixture to get us underway in the league and the girls knew Blatch would be fielding a strong and physical team.

With the blustery wind against us in the first half, we found It difficult to get forward and attack. However the girls put in a great defensive effort and fought hard to keep the score line down. The roles were reversed in the second half and we were able to dominate possession, attack the Blatch defence and create a number of chances, which could have seen us draw level. Unfortunately, we didn't make the most of these and with one goal disallowed the final score ended HPS 1- Blatch 5

Congratulations to Hattie, Jess, Bonnie, Flo, Katie, Tabby, Phoenix, Lily, Rhiannon and our year 9 students who played up a year, Stella, Bella, Sienna, Laura, Chloe, Molly and Gemma.


News from Barcelona!


13 of our students from Year 9 to Year 11 flew to Barcelona on Saturday 13th October for a full immersion trip. Our host families gave us a warm welcome and students have settled well with their new families.

Day one was spent in Barcelona where a guide took us on a tour of the city, as well as to other beautiful sites away from the hustle of the Catalonia capital.

Day two was the first day spent at our local Spanish school. After some initial fear about not being able to understand lessons, all our students came back buzzing and no longer felt daunted by the long school day. Lessons finish at 5 pm here, followed by after school activities.

Day 3: We spent another morning in school where Hove Park students were taught how to read Catalan. We are all impressed at how good the buddies' English is, on top of 4 hours of lessons each week, they take part in drama lessons in English, as well as PE lessons. After a 2-hour lunch break (this is the norm here), we visited Dali’s museum and immersed ourselves in his surreal world.

Day 4: This was our final full school day. Students have commented on how much more Spanish they can now understand. The school has invited a group of local people to teach us how to build a human tower. We couldn’t wait to see how this was made!


Big Lemon Saturday Social


On Saturday 13th October Social Enterprise UK hosted a Social Saturday and invited a select few Hove Park students to join them. Our lucky pupils boarded the Big Lemon Bus, Brighton and the UK's first solar-powered bus, with zero emissions, and travelled on an exclusive tour to find out more about Brighton's unique social enterprises.

Starting at HiSbe Food, The Rebel Supermarket we explored how supermarkets can provide fair pay to its staff, local produce to its customers and seriously address the issues of packaging in the united fight against plastic. Wherever possible HIsbe uses produce from the surrounding countryside, It’s priced as fairly as possible to ensure that producers receive a fair return and the profits are ploughed back into the company, to aid growth.

We joined a cookery demonstration at the Community Kitchen on Queens Road and talked about the importance of learning to cook and providing opportunities for volunteers to work with their community, to provide skills for life.

The final stop was The Bevy,The Bevendean Community Pub, which is not just a pub but a hub for the local community to come together. There you will see the likes of the Dementia Club, Park Runs and Christmas dinners for those that live alone, plus training opportunities for chefs of the future, who have become ostracised from the traditional education system.


Football 4 Peace Festival


On Thursday 20th September some of our year 8 students took part in the Football 4 Peace Festival at the University of Brighton. The day was spent developing the core values of trust, respect, equity, inclusion and responsibility. Hove Park students worked with students from 5 other schools across Sussex and demonstrated an exemplary level of fair play and sportsmanship throughout the day. They spent the morning getting to know their team mates from Eastbourne Academy, Willingdon, St Richards and PCS before self refereeing their own tournament in the afternoon. Unlike other competitions, each team awarded their opponents with 'fairplay' points after each game which contributed to the teams overall scores. The winners were determined by the team who displayed the upmost sportsmanship. Hove Park had students in both the winning and runners up teams. The students were a pleasure to take and a real credit to Hove Park School.


European Day of Languages


The Year 7 groups brought in cakes to celebrate the European Day of languages.

These sold very quickly at lunchtime by a group of volunteers and the money raised will be shared between the 2 winning tutor groups, 7A and 7K as these are the ones who baked the most pastries.

Well done to all our year 7 for helping to organise such a pleasant sale. A special mention to George and Michael in 7K who added a European touch to their cakes, Mia and Roxanna in 7A for their superb efforts both at home and during the sale.

Finally, thank you to Mary Smith for giving up her lunch and helping us replenish the stall with more cakes halfway through the sale.


Sixth Form Prospectus


This year sees the exciting introduction of pathways for students to follow at Hove Park Sixth Form. These pathways map a clear plan for students focusing not just on their studies at A-Level but also on what the final end-point will be for students. Our new prospectus is now available. to download here.


Student Success - India Grant


India is currently studying politics, psychology, law and economics at the University of Amsterdam. Whilst studying at Hove Park Sixth Form, India had always wanted to study abroad and even an offer from Cambridge University was not enough to tempt her away from this dream. She visited during our cold spell in March, but said it was nothing compared to the frozen canals of Amsterdam!

India successfully completed her GCSE’s at Hove Park and naturally continued her education at HP6. She talked about Sixth Form being the perfect balance between freedom and structure, making sure she felt like an adult in an adult environment, yet keeping enough structure in place to ensure she completed her studies and did very well in them. She said the Sixth Form had allowed her to identify and study the subjects she was passionate about and her time at Hove Park fostered a long term love for learning as well as giving her valuable skills. She hopes one day to become a teacher and help future generations to develop the same deep passion for learning that Hove Park did for her.

If you are a former student or know of any who’d like to stay in touch and give back to their old school, ask them to sign up at:


Year 8 Netball- Hove Park V PACA


Hove Park’s developing year 8 teams were in action on Tuesday 2nd of October against PACA. A number of new players on the B team have joined us this year and it was great to see some netball talent out there on the courts. Some very early goals from both Hove Park teams came directly after the first whistle with a persistent forward surge.

Overall, at halftime both HPS teams were showing some great teamwork and match play on the courts here at Valley. Both teams went into the 2nd half confident and looking strong. Several more girls scored and the A team finish with a 12-3 Win and the B team finished with a 9-3 Win. It was great preparation for our Dorothy Stringer match next week. Please congratulate the year 8 girls if you see them.


Almanac 2017-2018


This year's Almanac is out now! This is our seventh edition and once again we are delighted to share with you some of our accomplishments and amazing endeavours.

Our Almanac can be viewed here.


School Prospectus


Our new school prospectus is now out and can be viewed here. If you would like a copy please get in touch with the admin office.


Match Report


Year 7 Rugby team play their first ever contact game at Hurstpierpoint College.

The year 7 Rugby team were in action for their first ever full contact game, at Hurstpierpoint on Friday. Most of the students had never played before the start of the year and a game against such established opposition seemed, perhaps, a little premature after only 3 training sessions! We need not have worried as the game was superbly hosted and well managed by the Hurst rugby staff and gave our players the positive start to the game they needed.

A glorious afternoon in the sunshine was all the more surprising as the Hove Park players performed far above their experience levels. Hurst scored early, however two first half trys from Rowan gave the team belief for the remainder of the game. Jamie added 4 more trys in the second half along with efforts from Max and Shalin to leave the score 9-7 in Hove Park’s favour.

Once again a huge thank you to Hurst for the experience and match tea after the game. The players couldn’t have wished for a more positive start to their school rugby.


We raised £400.28 for Macmillan


The final amount we raised for Macmillan's Coffee Morning was £400.28! Well done to all our students and staff who took part.


Student Success - Alex Mann


Alex is one of our thriving Alumni. He studied at Hove Park School and continued his studies at our Sixth Form. From Hove Park, Alex went on to Loughborough University where he completed both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree. He is now an associate director at Indirect Tax and Technology.

Please help us reach out to our former students using your own networks. From doctors to dancers, pilots to plumbers, we need alumni from a range of careers to open our students’ eyes to what’s possible.

If you are a former student or know of any who’d like to stay in touch and give back to their old school, ask them to sign up at:


Year 7 Win in National Cup!


Hove Park Year 7 played their first competitive game on Thursday 4th October, 2018.

The players all made their debut in The National Cup against a strong Steyning side who had had a busy early season schedule and this was their second game in as many days.

Hove Park decided to take on the hill at the Valley Area in the first half, hoping Steyning legs would tire in the second half.

Steyning got off to a flying start through smashing in a free kick home from 20 yards. How would the players respond? Very quickly it turned out. Hove Park dug in and began winning their battles all over the pitch. Soon the equaliser, which was then followed by another two goals very much like two buses arriving one after the other.

The sides high pressing and aggressive attacking was very well rewarded going into the break leading 3-1. The second half became a hard end to end battle. Hove Park went off in search of a fourth to finish the match only to be caught out by a quick counter attack. 3-2.

Nerves? Again the team brushed themselves down and 2 minutes later had netted again 4-2. They then soon grabbed a 5th, which looked to have been enough only for Steyning to score a 3rd setting up a tense last 10 minutes.

It was a very impressive result and against a very strong side who never stopped fighting. It was only their first game, but the year 7 side showed great character and a fantastic attitude while handling the pressure off the persistent Steyning comebacks. Final Score 5-3 to Hove Park

They have now been rewarded with a local derby in the second round of the National Cup, against Blatchington Mill. Which I’m sure will be a sell out.

Well done to the whole squad.


Primary Science Outreach


Hove Park’s series of transitional KS2 to KS3 science lessons are designed to inspire local primary children to become interested and enthusiastic about science. They will explore science in a practical, interactive and fun way.

Primary schools often have limited resources for science experiments and this project has been put together to enhance the primary/secondary links and transition process, as well as to give school’s access to resources they probably do not have, for teaching practical science lessons. Children are naturally curious and it is imperative we hone into their natural curiosity of the world around them as early as possible.

Our first outreach visit was to West Blatchington School, where we enthused a year 5 class with a lesson on the solar system. We took along our knitted planets and had a scavenger hunt to find out lots of facts about our little bit of the universe. We had great fun outside in the playground measuring out distances between the planets using toilet rolls. Five of our newly appointed year 9 Science Ambassadors - Mathew, Jodie, Elisa, Emma and Isabel came along to help and were fantastic representatives of Hove Park.

We have had lots of interest from other schools and look forward to visiting them in the near future or welcoming them into the Hove Park labs.

Mrs Smith & Mrs Cottingham

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What's On 

Nov 5th - First day of term

Nov 6th - Sixth Form Open Evening

Nov 7th - School photographs

Nov 14th - Box Clever Theatre Production

Nov 29th - Success Evenings (Year 8 & 9)

Dec 5th - Ski Trip 2019 Information Evening

Dec 6th - Winter Concert Nevill

Dec 10th - Harry Potter trip

Dec 11th - Winter Concert Valley

Dec 13th - Year 11 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

Dec 19th - Last day of term



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