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Letter from the head


Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m hoping the rain and dark winter nights are behind us and that brighter, warmer times are just around the corner. Despite the weather, we’ve been busy and this edition of Parklife is filled with updates and reports on all the different activities, experiences and opportunities the students and staff have been involved in. 

The school show, 9 to 5, was performed this week. The students and staff worked incredibly hard and it was a huge success which once again showcased the depth of talent we have in the school.

We are due to open the new canteen on the Nevill campus after the holiday. We’ve had to be patient but I’m sure it is going to be worth the wait. In other building news, we have submitted the planning application for the new sports hall and the drawings for the new science labs are well advanced and exciting.

With only approximately 10 weeks until the external exams start, there are plenty of opportunities for additional support and revision happening over the holiday. The timetable for additional learning sessions has been distributed to all students in Year 11 and 6th Form. We have also scheduled several webinars for after the break and in the lead up to the final mock exams in March. To access the webinars students will need their school e-mail address and ensure the device they are using has the right software to allow the programme to run smoothly. We trialled this way of working before Christmas, with over 100 students logging in and had very positive feedback.

We should all take collective pride in the Wellbeing Award for Schools. It demonstrated the care, and sense of community that we have established. The verifiers report was very complimentary about our school and the way we look after and look out for each other.

Wishing you all a very restful half term break.

Jim Roberts - Head Teacher


9 to 5 is a Musical Triumph!


Hove Park’s production of the world famous musical 9 to 5 was an absolute delight, filled with musical talent and sensational acting!

The production, based on a 1980s movie starring Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, is a truly inspirational story of workplace inequality where Doralee Rhodes and Violet Newstead are tired of being treated differently and overlooked for promotion because of their gender, but finally decide to take action after they meet new girl Judy Burnley - and they do so in the most hilarious way.

Mr Roberts, headteacher said: “I left feeling genuine pride in our school and students and in awe of the depth of talent we have at Hove Park,” and went on to congratulate, the show’s director, Miss Holt, as well as commenting on the brilliantly entertaining production.

The choreography by drama teacher Miss C. Holt was sensational throughout the show with a particularly impressive opening number.

There were also many brilliant individual performances. Sofia as Doraleewas, in a word, fab-u-lous. Not just because of the superb acting but also her singing voice is just incredible. Keira wowed us with her witty and sharp portrayal of Violet the ambitious supervisor desperate for career progression.

Toby acting of the vain, sexist, egotistical boss Franklin Hart Jr. was equally amazing, perfectly balancing the humour of the show with the sexist, bigoted personality of this horrible CEO. Aimie was both charming and comic in the role of the meek Judy who transforms into a force to be reckoned with. Kiera also put in fantastic performance as the over-the-top office gossip and snitch Roz Keit.

Overall, the show featured many extremely polished performances from this talented cast, who clearly put their heart and soul into acting, singing and dancing to make this a real toe-tapping spectacular.

The costumes and set design added authenticity by capturing the 1980s style superbly with skillful stage lighting to set the mood.

By Barnaby, Bailey and James


English Faculty


In the English Faculty, our aim is to empower all students to become life-long readers; to build upon reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to communicate with others effectively and to study and appreciate a variety of texts from different cultures, as well as our own literary heritage. We endeavour to equip students with a strong command of the spoken and written word through writing creatively and imaginatively across a range of styles and forms for different audiences and purposes. This issue of Parklife will recap some of our faculty highlights of the year so far!

Sakera HaqueAssistant Head Teacher and Head of English Faculty.



Sussex Schools Table Tennis


Huge congratulations to Deniz who represented the school this half-term in the Sussex Schools Table Tennis competition at Sussex University. Amazingly strong competition from around the county pushed Diniz hard through her pool games, but she did superbly making the final and taking second place overall. A huge well done to her, certainly one to watch in the future!


English Faculty - Highlight


Year 11 theatre trip- An Inspector Calls

In November we took 100 students to watch the theatre production of An Inspector Calls as it is one of our GCSE English Literature texts. Students were impressed with the dramatisation and the stagecraft of the production, especially the dramatic beginning and ending of the play. One student said, ‘it really helped me to understand a little more about character & action by the way certain things were said.’ Unfortunately for half the students their return home was delayed due to their coach breaking down meaning a few hours wait at the KFC in Wimbledon! Ms Bevan praised the patience of the Year 11 group for behaving extremely well considering the situation and the cold weather. Hopefully, the play was worth it!

100 Year 10 students will be seeing the same production in February at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.


Latest TV


Two groups of Hove Park students visited Latest TV studios and experienced making their own programmes promoting Equality. The first group wrote their own scripts for sketches challenging LQBQT+ stereotypes, and acted them out in an extremely professional manner, ably directed by Will. Wren and Nansy also interviewed local volunteers about their experiences. They handled this with real sensitivity and maturity.

The second group discussed their cultural backgrounds, really demonstrating the fantastic diversity we have at Hove Park school. The students had incredibly interesting stories to tell and spoke with real passion, confidence and enthusiasm about their cultural heritage. The students have been working hard rehearsing for weeks, and they really were a credit to themselves. Next stop, Hollywood!


English Faculty - Highlight


KS4 Mastery Project

This year we have begun setting a Mastery Project for all students in Years 9,10 and 11 to complete over a term. This involves choosing a reading or writing task which is aimed to stretch and challenge students to read critically, write imaginatively and to think outside the box. Last term we received nearly 100 entries! Mrs Martin and Ms Haque were very impressed with the quality of responses from all entrees but in the end had to choose winners from each group. They are:

Year 9: Olivia, Maddie 

Year 10: Tahlia, Phoebe, Poppy, Caitlin, Ruby

Year 11: Lola, Elsie, Jude, Flo & David 

Well done to all who entered! See your English teacher for details of the second Mastery Project...


Miss School Miss Out


As part of the Local Authority attendance information and guidance, 'Miss School Miss Out', the Local Authority commissioned a video entitled ‘What I like most about going to school is ....’ The video was made at Hove Park last term featuring only Hove Park students and their incredible creative talents.

The final video can be viewed here


English Faculty - highlight


Year 8 trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon

50 students will visit the historic birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire in May. The trip is designed so that students gain a cultural and contextual understanding of our most famous playwright and the reasons why he is studied so extensively today. Hove Park School have run the trip every year for the past few years and it is always enjoyable as well as educational; it will certainly help students in their study of the Shakespeare unit we will undertake in the Spring term. The trip includes a theatre performance of The Comedy of Errors in the famous RSC theatre on the river, and visits to three of the Shakespeare houses. It also includes an overnight stay in Stratford’s Youth Hostel, dinner, bed and breakfast and a packed lunch for the journey home.


Wellbeing Award for Schools 2020


Hove Park School is pleased to announce it has been awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

It has taken 2 years to achieve the Wellbeing award. During this time the school has developed policy and practice to ensure the wellbeing of our whole school community is put at the forefront of everything that we do. The external assessor commented;

Evidence provided at the verification visit was comprehensive and clearly demonstrated that EWMH is a main priority at Hove Park. I am delighted to recommend that the school be awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools for a period of three years.

Head Teacher, Jim Roberts said;

As part of the assessment day the verifier spoke with staff, students, parents and carers to discuss the ongoing impact of the schools work in this area. It was lovely to receive the comments and feedback that reinforces how far we have come. There is still more to do and we acknowledge we don’t get everything right all of the time but we listen and importantly act on feedback in the best interests of our school community.

Staff said that MH is at the forefront of SLT’s priorities and that staff are really supportive of and care about one another. There is an open door; you can talk to anyone if you’re having a bad day; they don’t judge; people are kind.

Students report that relationships with staff are excellent. The ‘Yourspace’ email – where students can report concerns - is checked every day by wellbeing staff and students say that responses are quick and supportive. Student champions also signpost peers to support.

Parents praise the support they and their children receive from the school. They deal with issues tactfully, there is a lot of support for students and parents. They appreciate the work the school does on conflict resolution - it is very restorative, friendships are repaired, it is treated as a learning opportunity. Head Teacher, Jim Roberts said

There is no better example of our school vision statement ‘Together We Achieve.’ We should all take collective pride in this award. In many ways, this achievement only reinforces what we already know – that as a school community we look after and care for each other. It is however, very special to have that acknowledged and celebrated.


U15 England Squad at St. George’s Park


This week, Year 10 student, Tommy Reid joined up with the U15 England Squad at St. George’s Park. Tommy, who is a goalkeeper with Brighton & Hove Albion FC, spent four days with the squad at the National Football Centre. The programme included the squad playing two fixtures against Belgium, three training sessions and a series of workshops, including nutrition for sports performance and a guided tour of St. Georges Park. There was also time in the programme for Tommy to keep up with his studies, with the final workshop being delivered by the Senior Team Manager – Gareth Southgate – on the England Player, Leader and Person. Well done Tommy!


English Faculty - Highlight


Film Club

Building on the success of the Film Club that was at Valley last year, it has been great to be able to establish it once again, but this year at the Nevill campus. Similar to last year, we have continued to watch a selection of innovative and pioneering movies and documentaries, which always provoke terrific debates and discussions! So far this year we have enjoyed new sci-fi masterpieces in Arrival (2016) and Live.Die.Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) alongside Hollywood classics, such as The Planet of The Apes (1968). We have been enthralled by the story of a daring, twin-towers tightrope walking artist, in Man On Wire (2017) and collectively held our breath throughout the entirety of the amazing Touching the Void (2003).

Film Club is on every Monday, after school from 15.15-16.30 in room 131 at Nevill. New members are always welcome!

Mr Rafferty


Spanish Reading


In January a group of Spanish GCSE students from Year 9 spent an afternoon reading books to primary students in Spanish.

The students learned more Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation themselves and are keen to return to share a love of learning Spanish with the Bilingual primary students again. They enjoyed being teachers to younger students and at the end of the day took part and helped in a Year 3 Spanish lesson about Spanish grammar. Tay and Berrow worked with reception students, Florence and Isabel with Year 4 and 1 reading Room on the Broom in Spanish and Fidel and Samuel read Cat in The Hat to Year 6.


English Faculty - Highlight


Journalism Club

Journalism club is now in its second year and has gone from strength to strength. We have covered a wide range of topics that relate to journalism including interviewing skills, reporting bias and the importance of fact-checking.

The journalism club played a vital role in covering last year’s sports day and currently have dedicated reporters for issues in the school, Brighton and Hove Albion and travel. 

Journalism club takes place every Wednesday lunch time in room 134.

Mr Kelly


Jr STEM Club Update


Our Jr STEM club has had a very busy half-term. From experimenting with Spheros, to investigating circulatory and respiratory systems, from looking into stresses to becoming forensic scientists... They just don't stop in their pursuit to become STEM experts!


Tate Modern Gallery


Sixth Form photography students had a day out in London on Monday, 20th January, to visit the Tate Modern Gallery. The weather was sunny but cold (thank goodness for respite from the recent rain!) and the group had a great day out, including a boat trip on the River Thames. Such a great opportunity as some students had not visited London before.


English Faculty - Highlight


PiXL Unlock App

The PiXL Unlock app has been rolled out across all year groups and is proving to be very successful.The app helps pupils to improve spelling through learning spelling patterns and completing interactive activities. As well as learn subject specific language exam command language and how it can differ between subjects.The school is regularly placed in the top 10 schools nationally for the weekly challenge activities.Keep up the good work!


PE Round-Up


This half-term our PE teams have had some great successes. The boys' badminton teams had some great results playing against local secondary schools, 50 students participated in the Brighton & Hove Cross Country Championships, the Year 9 boys football had back to back wins to name but a few. To read all our PE news follow this link.


English Faculty - Highlight


World Book Day 2020

Last year students across both campuses took part in a Book Title Quest where teachers ‘became’ books for students to find, KS3 students participated in a ‘Book Swap’ and a ‘Bookie Breakfast’, KS4 students enjoyed a film showing of The Great Gatsby’ at lunchtime and a lucky students won a prize after finding a golden ticket in his box of popcorn! Watch this space for book related events for this year’s World Book Day on Thursday 5th March...




Spanish Bilingual School lessons


Melanie Reyes, Head of Spanish from the Bilingual School, visited us today to deliver lessons to former Bilingual School students and native Spanish speakers. The students were engaged in interactive activities and enjoyed working together with their former teacher.


English Faculty - Highlight


Year 7 Bookbuzz – Creating a ‘buzz’ around reading

At the beginning of September, to celebrate and promote the importance of reading, all Year 7 pupils were introduced to an exciting array of new books and authors (17 in total). After fully exploring the authors and titles, pupils were asked to choose one book they would like to read. Through The Booktrust’s Bookbuzz initiative all pupils were given a copy, to keep, of their chosen book. The Valley Learning Resource Centre has three full sets of the selected titles for all pupils to enjoy. Pupils have loved reading their own books, but have also recommended their title to friends and the shared love of reading has spread across the year group.


Maths & English Challenging


A group of Year 10 and 11 students visited Brighton University on Wednesday 15th January, accompanied by Mr Skilton-Day, Miss Caudle, Mr Adnett and Ms Gale. They had been invited to take part in a challenging maths or English project working with the support of the university. During the afternoon they received advice about researching sources from a professional Librarian and a brief tour of the campus. Small groups then met up with a student ambassador from the university and began the planning process. They will be keeping in touch with their ambassadors who will support them over the coming weeks.


Land, Sea & Air Project


Hove Park welcomed back serial technologist James Hannam this half-term to continue our Air, Sea & Water Challenge with GCSE Computer Science Students. Embedding the use of iPad in STEM subjects, the latest session saw students coding with Sphero land-based drones.


Peer Tutors


This term the Peer Tutor teams at Hove Park have been busy! We have a team of Year 8s who support in Year 7 tutor groups every week and two projects running in local Primary Schools. The year started with a trip to Iford and Kingston Primary School with a team of Year 8 Peer Tutors who presented Diversity workshops to Year 3. These workshops were celebrating the diversity of ethnicities that we have here at Hove Park School and were amazing!

Another group of students from Year 8 and Year 9 worked at West Blatchington Primary School for six weeks on a Mentoring programme supporting individual students with their learning in maths and English once a week. Peer Tutoring continues to be a very popular opportunity for students as this is particularly helpful for future college applications or Duke of Edinburgh volunteering sections. Mrs Hunt has invited 35 students from Year 7 to attend a selection afternoon next term where she will be choosing a new group of Peer Tutors to work on an exciting new project at Goldstone Primary School!


English Faculty - Highlight


Year 9 Southern Schools Book Awards 2020

Eight Year 9 pupils have taken part in this year’s Southern Schools Book Awards, reading the shortlist of five books published in 2019 by British writers. Pupils have voted for their favourite book and will attend the awards evening at Hurstpierpoint College at the end of this month. Pupils will have the opportunity to meet the authors and ask them questions about their books and sources of inspiration. The most popular books were The Island by M A Bennett and Me Ma. Me Dad. Me. By Malcolm Duffy. Copies of the shortlisted books is available in the Nevill library.


A Chinese Culture Taster Day at University of Sussex


This half-term the Year 7 MEP students were invited to Sussex University for a taster day in Chinese culture as a part of the 2020 language calibration project. Our Year 7 MEP students found themselves completely immersed in the activities and enjoyed the ‘little China’ cultural festival ceremony. One of the highlights of the day for the students was when they dressed up as ancient Chinese folk or Kong Fu masters. By the end of the day they didn’t want to part ways with their costumes! The Year 7 students said that they felt lucky to have taken part and that, to them, the MEP program is more than just learning a language. To them it is also about having lots of fun, spending time with others and embracing the many other opportunities that come along with it.


Trinity Laban Conservatoire


On Friday 14 GCSE Dance students from Year 9 went for a taster day at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. At Laban they heard about the BA in Contemporary Dance, watched second-year students in a technique class and did technique and creative workshops themselves. It was an inspirational day and the students created some beautiful work.


STEM Green Power Race Update


Students have been working hard taking measurements and making plans for some new bodywork for our Greenpower car this half term. With a little help from Alex Gander, HPS alumni, mechanical engineer and current PhD student.


Chinese New Year


Year 7 MEP students celebrated Chinese New Year, they made their own Chinese cabbage dumplings for the first time. Cabbage in Chinese culture represents prosperity. The students loved making the dumplings so much, they even boxed them to take home and show their parents. They each received a RED envelope of which symbolizes that they will never run out of money in their pockets.

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