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Letter from the head


Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a long and exciting term. The school continues to develop and move forwards both in terms of student outcomes and the opportunities and experiences provided. We finally have some confirmed capital investment in our school which starts with replacing the Nevill campus canteen between May and September 2019. We have already started discussions with the Local Authority about the best use of the Basic Need capital investment. I will keep you up to date as plans are developed and finalised over the next couple of months.

Our new partnership with Legal and General has already provided a number of opportunities for our students including a group of year 11 students that supported their Children in Need event. It was lovely to see the whole community come together to support our Christmas Market at the end of term. This year for the first time members of staff and other volunteers will be in school on Christmas Day to provide Christmas dinner and company for some of our local residents that would otherwise be on their own at this time of year. I’m hoping both these events will become regular features in the school calendar for years to come.

Time now to have a break and spend time with family and friends.

Thank you for your continued support.


Hove Park named Apple Distinguished School


Hove Park School is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for the third time in recognition of our continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment. Over the last two years, we have demonstrated our commitment to digital learning by having a strategy that continuously stretches, challenges and influences learning for the whole school community.

Brighton & Hove is part of a national digital hub and it is our goal to ensure that our students leave Hove Park School & Sixth Form with the skills they need to work in our city, and to upscale those skills enabling them to work nationally and globally in the confidence that they are digitally prepared for the challenges that face them. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

“A school is more than just a place where students come to learn. It is also a place where a community develops and thrives. It is a place where we come together to support each other achieve. Our digital strategy has been an enabling factor in making this happen. I have been fortunate enough to have been part of this journey since we started in 2013, and have seen our digital strategy continue to impact on pedagogy and practice and become part of the everyday experience for all students. Having established this foundation we have now begun the most exciting phase of innovation through student engagement and leadership. Our Digital Leaders are now an integral part of co-constructing the next stage of our development including the planning of a key learning environment. Our new vision statement ‘Together we Achieve’ acknowledges and demonstrates the importance of this collaboration. Student progress will always remain a key priority because outcomes so often dictate future pathways and opportunities for young people. However, in addition, I am clear that students will also leave us with 21st Century learner skills including problem solving, leadership, communication, team working and resilience. It is no coincidence that student confidence in these areas has grown as a result of us embracing the use of technology. Our students go into the communities they live in and the wider world ready and able to make a positive contribution.” - Jim Roberts Head Teacher

The selection of Hove Park School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Over the last academic year we have focused on staff development and student leadership.

The ongoing professional development of our staff is crucial to our journey so far and in moving forward. At the beginning of September 2017, 120 teaching staff were trained on the new Learning for Life programme. Learning for Life is a lesson that is taught daily to Years 7 through to Year 11. It is a lesson that focuses on delivering high quality literacy and Personal Social and Health Education PSHE. All lessons are supported by digital resources and the use of iTunes U to disseminate these is now embedded as an integral part of Learning for Life lessons.

The introduction of Learning for Life lessons has been an area where we have been able to develop student leadership. We have always taken a student-centred approach to learning with technology, and we recognise that students have a role to play in supporting our teachers. We created a peer-based coaching and mentoring process to ensure retention of students, the result being a sustainable network of leaders that drop into learning for life lessons to coach students and support teachers.

Our school vision is ‘Together We Achieve’ and there is a continual drive to maintain this throughout all of the school. Our 1:1 iPad strategy is at the core of delivering this vision and our goal is to ensure the strategy remains sustainable, relevant and innovative in the years to come.


Together at Christmas


Staff from Hove Park School and local charity ‘Time to Talk Befriending’ are giving up their Christmas Day this year to serve Christmas Dinner to 60 of our local residents who would normally be on their own at Christmas.

We recently held a Christmas Market to raise much needed funds for this wonderful charity event (see below). Please keep an eye on your emails for a Parklife 'Together at Christmas' special over the festive period!


'Together at Christmas' Market


What a wonderful evening!

Last night Hove Park School and local charity, Time To Talk Befriending, hosted a Christmas Market to raise much-needed funds for our 'Together at Christmas' charity lunch, taking place on Christmas Day. It was a delightful community evening, with plenty of festive cheer.

The money raised will go towards 'Together at Christmas' where staff from Hove Park and Time to Talk Befriending will be giving up their Christmas Day this year to serve Christmas Dinner, to 60 of our local residents, who would normally be on their own at Christmas.

Many thanks to all those who helped organise the market, to the sellers and your amazing stalls, and the local community who came to support us and grab a bargain or two!

The event was even recognised on prime time Channel 5 news, you can watch the report here >

Emily Kenward, CEO of Time To Talk Befriending, had this to say:

Although the feeling of loneliness can affect people of all ages, at Time to Talk Befriending we witness first hand just how damaging this feeling can be. We meet amazing older people every day who have a rich life history to share, yet for the majority of our 287 scheme members, before being connected to the charity, could go for weeks or months at a time without seeing anyone. We hear things like ‘I don’t want to live anymore’ or that people feel they have ‘no purpose’. Experience also tells us that Christmas can be the most emotive and lonely time. Remembering loved ones who have passed or memories of days gone by... we therefore can’t advocate enough the need to tackle this serious life threatening issue of loneliness in older age, head on! It was amazing to see such a huge turnout at the Hove Park School Together at Christmas Event and it is a privilege to partner with the school on this and hopefully more intergenerational projects, in the future.

Head Teacher, Jim Roberts, said:

As a school we recognised the impact that loneliness and isolation can have on older members of our community and we wanted to make a difference, so teamed up with local charity Time to Talk Befriending, to come up with the idea of providing Christmas dinner, on Christmas Day, for residents that would otherwise be on their own. We also wanted to demonstrate the value and importance of kindness and looking after each other. The Christmas Market was an opportunity to raise much needed money to help support our Together at Christmas event and at the same time bring our community together. As I arrived the newly formed staff band were playing and the hall was full of families, friends and students, all having a great time. It was a really lovely evening that I’m sure will become a regular fixture in the school calendar, for many years to come.


Indonesian student's visit


Last week, nine students and two teachers from Al Azhar Sentra Primer High School in Jakarta, Indonesia, visited Hove Park School. The school had specifically asked to come to HPS because of our International specialisms. They really wanted to experience life as an English school student; so each student was buddied up with a Young Interpreter at Hove Park School. We had so many volunteers for the job that we had to create a special timetable so that every Young Interpreter had a chance to buddy an Indonesian student in lessons.

Our fantastic Young Interpreters did a fabulous job of “buddying” with each student, ensuring they felt welcome and comfortable so far away from home.

The Indonesian visitors learnt many things about life in an English school, however our own Young Interpreters also learnt many things about life in Indonesia. Leelah told us that as they were learning about ‘probiotic drinks’ in science her buddy told her that in Indonesia all students have a probiotic drink every day! Konstantinos told us that he and his buddy especially enjoyed sharing and learning about each other’s cultures and ways of life.

On the last day we were treated to an Indonesian dance and presentation as a special “Thank You” to the school for hosting them. With traditional costumes and music to accompany them, all nine students performed a mesmerising cultural dance. Our Head Teacher, Mr Jim Roberts then presented each of them with their certificates which they proudly accepted with beaming smiles.

As a parting gesture they very generously, presented gifts to their Young Interpreter Buddies and every member of the audience.

The visitors and our Young Interpreters all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

You can see a video of the traditional dance performed to our students here.


Düsseldorf 2018 Exchange


21 Year 11 students set off on their adventure to Düsseldorf last week. The excitement was palpable as we boarded the plane - they couldn’t wait to meet the buddies that they’d been in contact with for a few weeks. The youth hostel was a welcome sight at the end of a long day of travelling - comfy, spacious and with the all important WiFi! On our first evening we met up with the buddies and ate a slap up meal together at the youth hostel - German food was a hit amongst the group ... phew! The developing friendships were lovely to see. I’m sure some will last for years to come.The following two days we’ve been either working with or shadowing our buddies in the Mataré Gymnasium in Meerbusch. The students worked in three groups and produced and presented bilingual presentations on the topic of Einheit = unity; unity in the UK, in Germany and in Europe. Tonight we’ll be bowling together and tomorrow we have an action packed day - taking in the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn and then on to Köln for lunch together and shopping. I think I can safely say that we will all be sad to get back on the plane on Sunday morning.

Frau Gibb


Gold in the Sussex Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open


Year 11 Student; Alfie started at Elements Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in June of this year. He is dedicated and trains six days a week between 2-3 hours. He received his first stripe just 6 weeks after starting and his second stripe within 4 months.

Saturday 1st December 2018 was Alfie’s first competition. In his category (over 70kg) the only candidates were both of a higher grade belts than Alfie, yet he still wished to compete and managed to win both fights, achieving 1st place winning a gold in the Sussex Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open, 2018.

Due to a medical condition, we never would have thought that Alfie would have been able to take part in Jiu Jitsu let alone win gold, coming first in his first fight. This is such a massive achievement for Alfie and we are so proud of him.


Hove Park does Strictly!


Last night we held our annual Hove Park Does Strictly, and it didn’t disappoint! Seven courageous couples took to the floor in front of an expectant audience of students, family and friends. The judges provided the expert opinion and decisive scores. The winners on the night were Miss Mulvenna and Mr Voss, a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment all round! Plans and discussions are already happening regarding next year’s event. Who will be next to step on to the Strictly stage ……….

Mr Roberts - Head Teacher & Judge!


Charity football match to raise awareness for homelessness in Brighton


The year 8s did an amazing job yesterday in raising awareness for homelessness in Brighton and Hove, with a charity football match to raise money and awareness for the cause. Jasper G and Tom B were both instrumental in the organisation and planning of the event, congratulations to them for what was a really successful afternoon played in great spirit. The match started with a round of applause for ending homelessness in the city and raised £30 for Brighton homelessness charities, as well as raise awareness of the issue in the school.


PE Update


Hove Park's sporting teams have been busy this term. The Year 7 boys football beat Dorothy Stringer 5-1 our Year 8 boys have been busy in the Town Cup and had a convincing win against Longhill, and we took part in an Annual 5-aside District Tournament. Click here to read all our PE news >


University of Brighton Antweight Robotic Challenge


8 Key Stage 3 students recently took part in the Antweight Robotic Challenge at the University of Brighton. Our students had to design, build and test their own robot, and compete against 16 other teams from across Sussex. The robot had to be robust, include 2 servos and be aesthetically pleasing, with students designing their own robot decals.

The robots were then tested to the max by overcoming a number of challenges. Hove Park's robot got all the way to the finals in 2 areas, Football and Sumo, where it finished up second in both. The students were brilliant and stood up to the challenge amazingly!

The students left to right are Harry Garrard, Konstantinos Mytafidis, Archie Garrat-Eaves and Isaiah Lee.


Oscar on ITV's Loose Women & visits Houses of Parliament


Year 7 student, Oscar, whose recent 'it's alright to be different' video touched so many people, and was shown on BBC news has been busy again. Last week he appeared on the ITV programme Loose Women, and this week he visited the Houses of Parliament (more to follow). Below is a thank you message from his mum, Donna.

"Having worked on Loose Women for 15 years it was an absolute joy to see my son, Oscar, sitting on the panel being interviewed by the presenters who have known Oscar since he was born.

Oscar's whole family are immensely proud of the message Oscar has promoted, ‘It's alright to be different’, and for the fact that he has had so much attention surrounding his video. We know that it has touched a lot of buttons for other people in similar situations.

The feedback and comments we, as a family, have received have been overwhelming and nothing but positive.

Without realising it... Oscar seems to be helping others stand tall (no pun intended!) and own it.

Massive thanks to all those who have shared his message on social media and helped spread the word!"


Click here to read about Oscar's story


Children in Need


On Friday 16th November, 15 Year 11 Hove Park students gave up their evening to visit nearby Legal & General offices, where they supported Legal & General, Children in Need, call centre staff.

The students offered a carousel of activities such as Bean Bag Toss and Pictionary to keep call centre staff alert during their shift.

The students were fantastic representatives of our school and they even received a guided tour of the offices by Pudsey Bear himself, or possibly the Head of Operations!


Midwinter Concerts


This term saw Hove Park’s annual Midwinter Concert on the Nevill and Valley Campuses take place. The poor weather did not dampen spirits and fantastic evenings of music and dance was seen by all. Act 1 had a range of performances from year 10 and 11 including performances of; Tears in Heaven, Bohemian Rhapsody and Perfect. All were met with cheers and applause and the first half was finished with a sneak peek of the school show Legally Blonde, due to happen in February.

Not to be outdone the second half included performances of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Blinded by Your Grace and Valerie. The second half was finished with a sizzling performance of Shallow from “A Star is Born” and was met with a standing ovation. Let us also not forget our fantastic compere, Francis Cooper and Xavier Glineur who ran the sound and lights for the show. We look forward to seeing you for next year’s event.


Goldstone Primary project


The year 9 Peer Tutors started a very exciting project at Goldstone Primary this week. They prepared resources and took groups of year 1 children to try them out on. The Peer Tutors were a credit to the school and were amazing! They have been trained by Mr Whiteman in higher order questioning in maths and they were able to try out some of these questions with the year 1 children. We are returning in two weeks’ time to work with them again in maths and the Peer Tutors are really looking forward to it. Some of them are using this work experience as evidence for their Duke of Edinburgh award!


Inspiration talk


Ex-Hove Park pupil, Paul Samuels, visited Hove Park today to speak to students about their life choices, and the decisions in his life that have lead him to where he is now. Paul is currently Executive Vice President of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG promote global music tours with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, as well as produce some of the biggest festivals such as Coachella in the US, and BST in Hyde Park. They also own and operate some of the best arenas in the world, including The O2 in London, and various sports teams such as the LA Lakers and LA Galaxy.

Paul is part of a project from the charity, Speakers for Schools, which connect inspirational speakers and leaders of today to state schools throughout the UK.

Paul said,

“I wanted to give back to my old school, Hove Park, which gave me a good grounding for my future.”

Head Teacher Mr Roberts said of Paul’s inspiration talk

‘It was great to welcome Paul back to his former school and for the students to hear him talk of his journey since leaving us. He talked about commitment, perseverance and resilience, as characteristics that helped him get to where he is today. Students were completely captivated and asked lots of interesting questions. Hearing and seeing someone who used to sit in the same assembly hall as them, reinforces the message that anything is possible with hard work.”


German buddies


Two weeks ago 21 Hove Park students visited Mataré Gymnasium in Düsseldorf where we enjoyed working in partnership with German students, making new friendships, improving our German, visiting Köln and a great museum, the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn. Our buddies arrived in Brighton on Wednesday evening and we have lots of activities planned for their time here. The students are getting a taste of Hove Park School and are shadowing us in our lessons and also helping out with German lessons at lower school. We’re going out for a meal together, ice skating and visiting the Pavilion while they’re here. We hope they’ll enjoy their time here as much as we did there!

Mrs Smith


Peer Tutors working with Goldstone Primary


The Year 9 Peer Tutors have been going to Goldstone Primary this half term. They have been working in Year 1 and taking small groups to try out the activities they have planned about maths. They had training from Mr Whiteman in thinking hard questioning in maths and have had time to prepare some resources specifically for the Year 1’s. They have learnt so much about teaching and planning and all are absolutely exhausted after running their activity at least 15 times across the year group! The teachers at Goldstone have been so impressed with the Year 9’s and are keen to have them back next year. Next week we are running Bebot robot programming activities with the Year 1’s and the Year 9’s have been learning how to program them so they can plan activities!


Bilingual Primary School partnership


The Year 10 Peer Tutors have being incredible this week with the Year 5 children at The Bilingual Primary School. Our pupils were super helpful in running small team rugby games on the 3G pitch in Hove Park. Teachers from the the Bilingual School have been so impressed with the students from Year 10. One of the Year 5 children said to me ‘your students are just so lovely!’ A win win partnership!

Ms Hunt


Student Council meeting


Students representing all Year Groups as well as representative Peer Tutors and Student Wellbeing Champions met for their termly Student Council meeting on 26th November. Senior staff including the Head Teacher attended to listen and answer questions in the meeting which was chaired by Y11 Edwyn.

Edwyn commented

"We had a useful and constructive meeting. It was good to have discussed lots of topics, including tackling racism and eliminating the effects of poverty in schools, and also to get a range of voices from all age groups in the school. We have taken action points from the discussion and look forward to using our findings to making a difference soon."


Year 9 prefects


Mr Streeter (Head of Year 9), is delighted to introduce the new Year 9 prefects. The students had to apply for the role by completing an application form followed by a brief interview. All the students that applied gave a fantastic account of themselves and I am delighted to introduce the following students:

Back Row – Konstantinos, Maddie, Will, Rio, Molly, Bella

Middle Row – Isabella, Matthew, Charlie, Fatima, Ianthe, Elizabeth

Front Row – Chiara, Ren, Ruby, Flo, Poppy

Since the start of the academic year, the Year 9 prefects have been involved in assisting with parental tours, open evening tours, student panels for prospective members of staff and assisting with the organisation of the school photos. They have all been exemplary and have been a real credit to themselves.

Mr Streeter


Cass Foundation Sculpture park and Pallent House Art Gallery


Hove Park photography department took A level and GCSE photography students to Cass Foundation Sculpture Park and Pallent House Art Gallery. Students wondered around the grounds of a beautiful wooded area and photographed an incredible diverse range of sculptures. Students explored the use of natural light, composition shape, form and texture to capture the day. We then continued at Pallent House Art Gallery where students looked at work to inspire photography installation and contextual research.


Jr STEM starts with a whoosh!


Junior STEM started this term with students investigating balloon rockets. Students learnt about the forces involved and were introduced to Newton’s third law. They worked in small teams to build, develop and test their rockets. The session finished with a demonstration of the whoosh bottle attached to a trolley. There was lots of good team work, interesting ideas and smiles which was a great way to start this new club.

Well done to all involved.

Mr Hamblin & Mrs McCutcheon

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What's On 

Dec 25th - Together at Christmas event   

Jan 3rd - First Day of Spring Term

Jan 9th - 6th Form and Y11 Mock Results

Jan 10th - Year 8 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

Jan 17th - 6th Form Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

Jan 24th - Year 9 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

Jan 30th - Year 8 Options Evening

Feb 6th - Theatre Trip - Matilda

Feb 6th - Year 9 Options Evening

Feb 12-14th - School Show

Feb 18th-22nd - Half Term



Positive Parenting Workshops

On the 21st & 24th January Brighton & Hove Council are running workshops for Arabic families (in Arabic) in Positive Parenting. Click the below link for further details (English and Arabic) -


School Show

This year's school show will be on 12th - 14th February 



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