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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.


Academic Structure of the school


Over the last 6 months we have been looking at how we structure the leadership of subjects and departments across the school. We are excited to share six new roles that will take responsibility for the leadership of six faculties.


Staff will take up their posts in January 2018. To ensure clarity and consistency, all current subject leadership posts will continue to exist for the rest of this academic year and parents and carers can continue to contact and liaise with individual staff in the usual way. I will be sharing further information about the subjects included in each faculty and the leadership structure as they are shaped and confirmed over the next 2 terms.


Open Morning and Open Evening


We have had unprecedented interest in the school over the last couple of weeks. Over 400 people have been to visit us during our Open Mornings and up to 1000 joining us for the Open Evening.

It has been a great opportunity to show case the school and for visitors to see what a wonderful place Hove Park is to learn. Parents, carers and prospective students have all commented on the warm and friendly atmosphere; the passion and creativity of the teachers and the brilliant students that clearly have taken huge pride in taking visitors on tours or helping out during the Open Evening.


OneFamily - Active Living Grant


We were delighted to welcome staff from OneFamily to celebrate our achievement in winning the Active Living grant of £25,000. The money will be used to install an outdoor gym on the Valley Campus site which students will be able to use at break and lunchtimes, in addition to their timetabled PE lessons.

This was a wonderful achievement for us as a school community that has really exemplified our vision statement ‘Together We Achieve’. We should all be very proud of what we have achieved and excited about the benefits the outdoor gym will provide for students both now and in the future.


Developing our communication with students, parents and carers


This academic year has seen us simplify our workflow for teachers and students with an update to HPS Digital. Our teachers use HPS Digital to post Homework (HW) and Class Work (CW) and to share resources for these tasks. As part of our development plan, we’ve aimed to increase the lines of communication between teachers, students and parents/carers. We are delighted to introduce the new HPS Digital Parent App from Firefly, an app that will allow access at anytime to view the progress of your child(ren).

The app works in conjunction with our Parent Portal, helping you to stay up to date with the latest news and information concerning your child(ren) from your mobile phone or tablet. On the app, you can:

  • View profiles for your children, view attendance records, personal blogs, marks and tasks.
  • Read messages from teachers or staff.
  • View recommended bookmarks.

You can download the HPS Digital App (Firefly for Parents) from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

You will require our school code to log in for the first time. This is HOVEPARK and from there you can enter you Parent Portal login details. For forgotten passwords please follow the link.

Feedback about the app and the way it works is always useful as we continue to work with Firefly to develop our communication strategies.

Best wishes, Jim Roberts

Head Teacher, Hove Park School


£1499.50 raised for Chestnut Tree House


We had a very special guest in school this week: Jo Smith from Chestnut Tree House Hospice. She was invited in to collect a £1,499.50 cheque as the proceeds of our 5K race!

Last May we held the first Valley 5K race in and around the grounds of our school and Greenleas. 100 students from Years 7-13 took part and lots of Hove Park staff took part too. It was an amazing event where the whole Hove Park School community came together to raise money for an excellent cause and have fun exercising outside at the same time.

We had a fantastic sponsor too, Viisana, which provided medals and goodie bags for all competitors. Local business and supermarkets also contributed to the goodie bags; Waitrose giving us 100 bananas and Tescos,Boundary Road, supplying 100 water bottles, to name just two. Hove Hornets, a local running club, donated sweets and chopped up oranges for all the competitors at the end. It was a fantastic day and we have already set a date for next year - Friday 8th June 2018 - and this promises to be an event not to be missed! So, if you want to run/walk/skip/jog the 5K for charity with your friends, look out for the posters next year. Be quick though, as it sold out this year!


Attendance Heroes


We would like to introduce our HERO attendance campaign where we ask for all students to be Here, Everyday, Ready and On time. As a school we want everyone to attend a minimum of 95%, as any student who falls below this threshold will miss nearly half a year of schooling from Years 7-11! This would seriously hamper their education, development and future. We are rewarding students for outstanding attendance through achievement points, raffles with prizes, positive postcards home, certificates and the chance to win cash prizes for their tutor group through the 100 Club. Some of you may have received a letter from our attendance team if your child’s attendance has fallen below the 95% threshold, and we will continue to be in touch if your child is not an attendance HERO, as it is our duty to make sure that children do not miss any education. We make no apologies for being tough on this as we take our responsibility of providing a good education for every child very seriously. So please remember not to book medical or dentist appointments during the school day; book them for after school or in the school holidays, and do not take any holidays in term time. We thank you for your support in this and well done to the 678 Heroes who have attended 100% so far this academic year!


Building an alumni community to inspire our students


We are delighted to inform you that Hove Park School is working with the education charity Future First to build a thriving alumni community. Amongst our former students is a whole host of talented role models who we want to connect with in order to celebrate their success and inspire our current students. Alumni can be brought back to offer careers and education advice, mentor students, provide work experience placements and much more besides.

We need you

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:


Duke of Edinburgh: In Search of Silver


Thirteen Year 11 Students embarked on their Silver Practice Expedition over the weekend. The two teams set off at half hour intervals from Ardingly Reservoir before heading into the beautiful, autumnal Ashdown Forest. The teams were able to practice navigating through dense forest and open, hilly heathland. This really tested the teams, as many had not experienced such challenging geographical surroundings to navigate in. Having covered roughly 11 kilometres in half a day, the teams arrived to set up camp at dusk, before cooking the meals they had planned, bought and carried with them.

Day two presented the teams with another day of navigation, map reading and developing their ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team. The teams were working fantastically well and, after some initial navigational stumbles, were able to follow the pre-prescribed day two (19 kilometres) route with both physical and mental ease. The teams once again arrived in the rather picturesque campsite as dusk fell, only this time it was accompanied by an increasing barrage of rain and wind. Night fell and teams battled the elements to get their dinners cooked and tents up; the night's sleep was somewhat interrupted by the persistent rain and barrage of acorns that were raining down from the great oak trees that towered over the campsite!

The teams rose early on day three to re-fuel and strike camp; the teams set out in improving conditions although the overnight rain had made the tracks and footpaths puddled and difficult to walk on. Only a few minor navigational errors occurred on the final day, but nothing that the groups couldn't figure out by retracing their steps and using their map reading and navigational skills to rectify the situations.

The weekend was a huge success; once again, the students that took part in the practice expedition were a credit to themselves and to Hove Park School. The teams will now focus on their volunteering in the community, skill development and participation in sports over the winter months before attempting the assessed expedition in the New Forest in early spring. We must also thank Mr Robinson, Ms Tatton and Ms Ireland.


PE round-up


Since our last Parklife, Hove Park has seen some great successes from our PE teams. The Year 7 rugby team played their first ever game against Hurstpierpoint College, the Year 7 football team continued their outstanding start to the season and our KS3 netball teams played some amazing matches. To read all our PE news follow this link.


Digital fluency visits


On 6th October, a group of 20 teachers and school leaders visited Hove Park School to work with staff and Digital Leaders to develop their own digital fluency and the impact this has on their students. The visitors took part in a variety of activities, including lesson observations being taught by Mr Whiteman and working with Digital Leaders.

Our student Digital Leaders were incredibly impressive and wowed our visitors with their technical skills, knowledge and communication skills. These events are incredibly important for our students to participate in because they give them experience of learning and developing learning, confidence and skills outside the classroom.

Further to this, our Digital Leaders and some other students will be taking part in Digital Day on 14th November. The aim of the day is two-part; firstly, to give our students a real experience of what working in the digital industry is like (we will be working with a Brighton based digital marketing agency) and, secondly, to take part in a national competion against schools across the country, using the skills they have learnt during the earlier part of the day.

Watch their progress at @HoveParkDeputy

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