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Letter from the head


Dear Parents and Carers,

We are nearly at the end of our external exam season. The students have conducted themselves throughout the last month with maturity and focus. I am sure this will be reflected in their results and I look forward to celebrating their outcomes in August. It is always a slightly strange time in the school year as we say goodbye to our Year 11 students and celebrate their time with us at Graduation and Prom and at the same time welcome our new year 7 students to their induction day on the 6th July 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to say good bye to all the students leaving us at the end of the academic year. Thank you for your contribution to Hove Park and we wish you all the very best of luck in the stage of your education wherever that may be. If you would like to join Hove Park's thriving Alumni please visit our Future First page.

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.

The Big Camp – Friday 6th July 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.


Hove Park's work for mental health is featured on BBC Radio 4


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 and has recently been aired on BBC radio 4's ‘Storm and Stress’ radio show.

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 Educations 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.

To listen to Radio 4's ‘Storm and Stress’ show click here.


Young People's Wellbeing Network


On Tuesday 3rd July, Hove Park will be hosting Brighton and Hove's first Young People's Wellbeing Network meet. The event will be delivered in partnership with Right Here and Public Health, and brings together young people from secondary schools across the city.

The event will open at 8.45am for a 9am start and run until 3pm. In the morning, students will have the chance to learn from other schools about the work that has been done to reduce stigma around mental health and promote wellbeing.

The event will be hosted in the Hall in the morning, however, in the afternoon (1.30 - 3pm), students will have the chance to choose 2 activities including yoga, skating and art which will take place in Rooms 5,6, 8, The Library, and Wellbeing Hub.


Awards Evening


Hove Park's annual Awards Evening was held last Month and was a very special event. This wonderful evening showcased and celebrated Hove Park student successes through out the year, and is also a great way to highlight some incredible student performances. This year the Awards Evening was held at the new venue of the Old Market.

It is important for us to acknowledge how our students secured their awards. It is their passion, commitment, resilience and sheer effort that has led to them being invited to receive an award. Our awards celebration is a moment of individual and collective pride. The students should feel great satisfaction that their achievements are recognised and celebrated. We also hope parents and carers also see how their support and patience has helped their children. As a school community, we take immense pride in celebrating the success of our students.

Congratulations to all our award winners and thank you to our wider school community. It is at evenings such as this that we recognise what a special place Hove Park School is.


Annual Education Summit 2018


Hove Park students presented at the Annual Education Summit held at Sussex University last Friday. Yogi and Nick’s presentation (which was far and away the best, although we are biased!) told the story of this year’s achievements with the Digital Leaders which will create a sustainable model for digital leadership in years to come. Yogi and Nick presented with such confidence it made us all proud.

Hove Park also had artwork created by our students on display using augmented reality; where the artwork comes to life with video when an iPad is aimed at it using the app HP Reveal.

We were awarded for our achievements with digital technology in the classroom and for the role our students play in making this happen. The resources Ms Sorenson has created for Learning for life being an example of this. Ms Benjamin also presented to delegates demonstrating the apps Paper and Brushes, and how the Art team use them at Hove Park. The school’s reputation in this area grows each and every year thanks to the work Mr Sumner continues to lead. It was another one of those occasions I felt incredibly privileged to be part of Hove Park.


Rockley 2018


Last week 55 year 8 students spent the week on our residential outdoor adventure trip to the South of France. They spent the week taking part in adventure activities such as; sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and mountain biking. They also visited the idyllic town of Arcachon and experienced climbing the tallest sand dune in Europe, the Dune De Pilat.

The students had a fantastic week basking in glorious sunshine whilst taking on new challenges. Many even plucked up the courage to try the French cuisine, including Escargot (snails), and cuisses de grenouille (frogs legs). The students were a delight and worked as a fantastic team to ensure enjoyment was had by all. A real credit to Hove Park School. Many thanks to all the staff involved in making this trip such a great success.


Airboat Challenge


On Friday 22nd June approximately 50 Year 9s and Year 8s had a visit from John Dalton an engineer who is from the Smallpeice Trust.

So who are the Smallpeice Trust?

Well their ethos is about ‘Daring Young People to Imagine’. They are all about inspiring young engineers and scientists in the making who are daring enough to think big and imagine. They want young people to get into science, technology, engineering and maths and to live in a world that supports and celebrates their passion. The particular STEM Day the students’ participated in was called the Airboat Challenge. The day was split into two halves with the Year 9s working in the morning and Year 8s in the afternoon.

They had to work in groups of 4-6 designing and building a model air boat and then testing it in water and timing how fast it would go from one end of the water track to the other. They had to choose their equipment wisely, as they had to pay for each part that they wanted.

With the help of John and other staff members from the Science Department and Design and Technology the students produced some fantastic models. However, what all the staff commented on was how analytical all the students were. Once they had tested their models they discussed and evaluated as teams how to improve their designs to gain faster times.

This resulted in some excellent boats and very quick times.

We were very proud of all the results from all teams however we did have winners.

From the Year 9s the winners were ‘The Blow Boat’ with an average time of 3.20 seconds closely followed by ‘Stanton’ with a time of 3.41 seconds and thirdly ‘HMS Ogglebury’ with a time of 3.68 seconds.

The Year 8s also had exceptional times and the winners were ‘Marunindi’ with an average time of 3.30 seconds closely followed by ‘Barry Scott’ with a time of 3.34 seconds and thirdly ‘Lamboatghini’ with a time of 3.42 seconds.

The winning teams all won a pair of headphones. We have also been donated a STEM Think Kit to start a new STEM club in September. The Think Kit comes with the tools and resources and complements the National Curriculum in science, technology, engineering and maths.

We cannot wait to use these fantastic new resources with our Year 8s and 9s and bring textbook topics to life and see them at work in the wider world.

Ms Thomas - Science Teacher


Goodwood Greenpower Race


It was an amazing day at Goodwood, the sun was shining and the atmosphere was electric. Despite a break down during practice we were able to find a replacement part and we were up and running again. All of the students worked really well together to make the driver changeovers and swap the batteries very efficiently. Every student managed to compete and we eventually placed 40th out of 78, our highest ever ranking. Bella T from year 8 managed the fastest lap at 6 minutes, 39 seconds. We’re looking forward to next year’s Greenpower race, and hope to do even better.


Harry Potter trip


Over two M.A.D.E. Days on the 5th and 7th June, 260 Hove Park students explored the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios to discover the magic behind the world famous films. We learnt a few secrets along the way and enjoyed the opportunity to see first hand the props and scenery that our favourite characters would have used during the filming of the series. Students and staff alike were inspired the world behind the making of the films. The creation of the props with the minute details and quest to create just the right effect was amazing and the architect’s drawing for the interiors and exteriors of Hogwarts could get you believing that everything within the film could be real. Students were impressed by the science and technology behind the special effects and the array of career opportunities have got Key Stage 3 students buzzing with ideas!

The students were fantastic and did both Hove Park and Hogwarts proud. The staff, too, were well behaved and there was no need to call on Snape to take control.

Huge thanks goes out to everyone; students, parents and carers and those at school who made this trip possible!


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Success on the South Downs


Forty five Year 10 (and five Year 9) students took part in their Bronze Practice Expedition on the South Downs on Monday. Teams met in Hove Park and set of at fifteen minute intervals with the aim of completing the 18km route in six hours. The route tested the teams map reading, navigation and fitness levels in a challenging walk that took place in the glorious Sussex summer sun.

From Hove Park, teams headed toward the Mill Hill Windmill before starting the climb up onto the South Downs Way. The teams were determined not to let the scorching conditions hamper them by ensuring plenty of water was being taken on board. Despite the heat, the teams made good progress and all teams successfully made it to the check point at Ditchling Beacon.

After re-fuelling and taking in the view, teams began the welcome descent down into Stanmer Park through the rolling hills of the luscious green landscape. The team’s navigation was really put to the test with many of the sign posts and tracks heavily guarded and hidden by over-grown bushes and hedge rows. Despite some mis-navigation, most of the teams were able to navigate their way to the finish point outside Stanmer House and complete their practice expedition.

The practice has given the teams a taste of what is to come in their two-day Bronze Assessed Expedition in a few weeks’ time; the experience has enabled the teams to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as a team and begin to prepare for the next expedition. We look forward to the next expedition and wish them good luck in completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

We would also like to give a huge thank you to all of the staff that contributed and supported on this expedition; the trip wouldn’t have happened without you so thank you and well done! A further well done to Ms Schofield and Mr Mack who spotted a weasel in the wild too!

Mr Bartlett and Mr Hunting


Andy Foulding Memorial Match


On Friday 8th July Hove Park Staff played the Sixth Form in the Andy Foulding Memorial Match. It was a tight first half with the staff team leading 1-0.

However the staff’s aggressive second half formation of only three defenders with three strikers paid off, with a final score of 9-0 to the staff side. This is a record scoreline. Congratulations to all staff and students who took part.


Mr. T. Lowrie 4

Mr P. Stevens 1

Mr M. Pulling 1

Mr A. Mack 1

Mr J. Whiteman 1

Mr H. Sacree 1

Man of the Match was awarded to

Mr R Scott


England vs South Africa cricket


120 Year 8 students went to support our England women’s team beat South Africa at the Sussex County Cricket Ground on Tuesday 12th June.

The Hove Park Students were part of a 1,700 strong crowd which was a great support for the team.

Sussex’s Sarah Taylor scored her seventh one-day hundred as England beat South Africa by 69 runs at The 1st Central County Ground to set up a decider in the three-match series at Canterbury on Friday.

The students and staff all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon watching a great England display in the sun.


Second annual 5k Race in support of Chestnut Tree House


We are absolutely overjoyed with the success of the second Hove Park School 5K Race last Friday. What an amazing event! 160 students and staff from Hove Park School and Goldstone Primary took part in a cross country course around the school grounds and the local park. It was a really tough run in the heat but Dan from Year 11 came over to defend his title running the course in less than 19 minutes with Year 9 student Finley in second place and Year 7 student Joe in third place. It wasn’t all about speed though and we had some real awesome efforts from students and a huge, overwhelming sense of community spirit around the course. Each finisher received a bespoke medal and a goodie bag. A special thanks goes to our sponsors, Active Physio Clinics, Phone Mike and Safety Mode who donated printed water bottles for the top 10 finishers in each year group. Local supermarket Sainsburys donated water bottles, sweets, chocolate and carrier bags and Tescos and Co-op donated chocolate bars! Leader of the local running club Hove Hornets, Matt Lambert, started the race and donated oranges for all the students for after the race.

Another hugely successful event in the school calendar and students are talking about next year already!

Head Teacher, Mr Roberts, said:

“It was great to see a second brilliant year of our annual Hove Park 5K. Over 160 students took part and showed once again our school community working together to support others and achieve something really special. It was a fantastic event and lovely to see the atmosphere created by parents/carers, sponsors and other students cheering and supporting everyone across the finishing line. Well done to you all”

Year 8 student Zoran, from Hungary, said:

“I really loved the 5K it was great fun. I made a lot of friends on the way because I ran with people that were similar skill level with me. All the people on the way that were encouraging us were lovely just made me feel really happy and motivated. Near the end I was running with a Year 7 named Lizzie and she was so nice and supportive to me. Overall this 5K just made me motivated to run more and be more active. So, thank you for the experience and see you at next years 5K.”


Humanities project


Last week 15 Year 9 and 10 Peer Tutors travelled to Iford and Kingston Primary School in Lewes to take part in the Humanities Project.

This was set up for the Peer Tutors to support the Year 5’s in understanding how our environments differ. They came and saw the area around our Nevill campus two weeks ago and today we were taken on a beautiful walk through Kingston and up on to the Downs for a picnic.

Our students were amazed by the lack of facilities in the village and how even a pint of milk could not be bought in the village! The Peer Tutors has a great time buying local flowers from outside a house and thoroughly enjoyed climbing up a very steep hill!

A hugely successful trip where staff from Iford commented on how delightful our students were. We finished the day with a huge football match with the Year 5’s and talked about how we wanted to set up a shop in the village selling ice creams and other such essentials.

Mrs Hunt


Granada diary


Saturday - The group met at the station and by some miracle everyone was there early so we hopped on an early train! All group members including leaders arrived at Gatwick and after much fun on the moving walkways, headed to the shuttle and made their way through security. For those who had never flown before it was an exciting new experience already. The students wandered off around the airport and the teachers sat and relaxed whilst babysitting a battalion of suitcases.

When the group got to Granada they passed through security and a rep from the Spanish agency met the group and showed them to a private, air-conditioned bus!

They arrived in the city and were immediately met by host families, who whisked them away for dinner and an early night.

Although the families didn't speak much, or any, English, everyone managed to communicate. The teachers were already so proud of the effort that they were putting in.

Sunday: The group were met by their guide Daniel. It was reassuring for the group to know he would remain with them for the next three days.

The weather was baking hot by 11am and at the Nerja caves everyone was almost happy to be heading deep underground.

The caves were amazing, a Spanish guide explained everything. Anything the students didn't understand, Daniel and the teachers were able to explain, but the students got most of it from the Spanish.

The walk down into the caves was easy; the walk back up was more effort! Then it was time for a quick tour around the gift shop and an ice cream, then lunch and back on the bus to head into Nerja Town.

The group visited the beautiful Balcon Europa and then spent two hours chilling on the beach, followed by free time in the town.

Lots of ice cream and shopping! Finally, it was back on the bus again to visit a small town called Frigiliana.

There are lots of historical mosaics, and it was boiling hot so lots of suncream and yet MORE ice-cream. The group arrived back in Granada at 7 and the students had free time until being back

at their host families at 9 for dinner. It was great to see how the Spanish timings of the day are different and by now the two school groups were starting to get to know each other a bit better too.

Monday: on Monday morning the group met at school and were introduced to their Spanish buddies and their English teachers.

Everyone was so friendly! The students had a tour of the school with their buddies and then went and settled into lessons. The teachers had a chance to get some work done.

After school there was a walking tour of the Albecin area and saw the Alhambra from a viewpoint.

The Hove Park students put in so much effort to speak Spanish in all their transactions with patrons in shops and interested passers by. At about 6, the students disappeared off to meet their buddies and the teachers went for some well earned tapas. Again it was instructed to be home by 9 and everyone obeyed their curfew. It was brilliant for the teachers to be able to trust their students to follow instructions and not get lost!

Tuesday: met at school again, this time without Ms Stallard who had to fly home. Everyone met their buddies and had a great day of lessons, with lots of participation. At one point the students from Longhill and Hove Park actually led an activity in an English lesson, and learned about philosophy!

After school they had a packed lunch and met Daniel in town to tour the alhambra. Suddenly there was a huge rainstorm, everyone got soaked but survived, and by the time the tour was over, churros and hot chocolate were much needed to warm everyone up!

Wednesday: another early morning and off to school with the buddies. After that, the students went to Nevada shopping centre for some retail therapy. The buddies joined so that everyone could have a last adventure together. At the end of the day the group got the tram back into town. The group was very nearly depleted by the loss two of the Longhill girls, but it was all OK in the end! Back home for an early night and packing ahead of the sad journey home.

Thursday: as usual, everyone was on time and ready to go for the flight home, although packing the suitcases full of souvenirs was not easy! Luckily Easyjet allowed us to put our bags in the hold for free, so it was a hassle free journey home.

Granada Airport is really not very exciting though! Everyone from Longhill was picked up at the airport, and the Hove park students, Mary and Ms Perronno made their way back to Brighton on the train.

A truly fantastic adventure!

Next stop Barcelona in October 2018!!!


Grenoble pen friends


On Tuesday afternoon, a group of 48 French students from Grenoble visited Hove Park School. They met their pen friends and worked together, discussing the main differences between each school system.

These activities were run in both languages and have enabled them to acquire a deeper cultural knowledge. We look forward to them returning in 2 years time.


PE round-up


Since our last Parklife, our Hove Park PE teams have been busy. The Year 10 girls Netball team played at the Brighton and Hove Longhill Netball tournament and we also hosted the Brighton, Hove and Portslade stoolball tournament to name but a few. To read all our PE news follow this link.


Stratford Upon Avon visit


On Wednesday 2nd May, members of the English department took 50 Year 9 students overnight to the home of the Bard, Stratford Upon Avon, to watch an amazing performance of Romeo & Juliet and to visit Shakespeare houses, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Ann Hathaway’s Cottage. The students were amazing and a credit to the school throughout the two day trip. We were particularly proud to see them in their finery for our evening in the theatre where we had some glamorous dresses and even bow ties! We were also so proud that the students, when selected by actors in the gardens of William Shakespeare’s Birthplace, got up and carried out an impromptu performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. They were incredible! Please congratulate any students you know that went on the trip for their commendable behaviour and attitude throughout.

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What's On 

July 2nd - 6th - Chinese Immersion students

July 6th - Year 6 Transition Day

July 6th - The Big Camp

July 10th - Art and Design Technology Summer Exhibition 

July 10th - Phoenix Centre Trip

July 11th - Year 8 Hampton Court Palace

July 13th - Year 10 Careers Fair

July 14th - 29th - Year 9 China Trip

July 16th - Year 10 trip to the Science Museum

July 17th - Year 9 Graduation

July 17th, 18th & 20th - Year 9 Transition Day

July 19th Sports Day

July 23rd - Year 7 Graduation

July 24th - Last Day of Summer Term                                                              




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Event times for Sports Day

The event times for this year's sports day can be downloaded here.

Art and Design Technology Summer Exhibition

The private view for this great show will be Tuesday 10th July 6-8pm, Nevill hall. All are welcome.

Year 11 Prom in the Argus

Hove Park's Year 11 prom will be featured in tomorrow's Brighton and Hove Argus.


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