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Letter from the head


Dear parents and carers,

It has been a long and exciting term. I really feel we are moving forwards as a community and I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved in a relatively short period of time.

Time now to have a break and the chance to catch-up with family and friends.

Thank you for your continued support.

Happy Christmas

Jim Roberts, Head Teacher


Key Stage 3 reporting update


The end of this term will see the first full progress report for all subjects sent out to parents and carers of KS3 students. This follows the interim report on core subjects that was distributed last half-term. These reports feature a new format which will hopefully make it easier and clearer to see how a student is progressing across the year. The reports will be emailed out as usual, but can also be accessed via HPS Digital.

As well as being set out in a new style format, these reports also reflect our new framework for assessment at KS3, where teachers assess the progress each student is making on a learning pathway towards a projected GCSE target. We believe that using this concept of a pathway towards future success should make the link between progress at KS3 and outcomes at GCSE clearer to students and support more effective transition between the key stages.

Full information about assessment and reporting at KS3 can be found on our website in the parents’ section.


Mock exams


Students in HP6 and Year 11 have been studying hard for their mock examinations which ended recently.

The mocks provide students with an excellent opportunity to gain experience of what it is like to sit assessments under formal exam conditions, and we run the mocks in a similar way to the actual GCSE and A’ Levels in the summer, using the same venues and exam arrangements.

Preparing for taking exams in a variety of subjects in one short period of time can be a challenge, but it has been great to see lots of students attending the additional revision classes that all departments have been offering after school.

Now the mock exams are over and once students have had a well-earned rest over the Christmas holiday, we will be distributing their results to them in a special assembly in early January.


Are you in receipt of Universal Credit or about to be moved over to Universal Credit?


Did you know that any household in receipt of Universal Credit is entitled to Free School Meals for all children in the family?

It doesn’t matter if you are working over 16 hours a week. If you are receiving Universal Credit you can claim Free School Meals.

To apply for Free School Meals please complete the online form

Remember, even if your child doesn’t want to eat a school meal, just by claiming you will be bringing in extra funding for the school which pays towards support staff costs, summer schools, Saturday schools & revision materials, to name just a few.

With our cashless canteen system, all students pay for their food in the same way so no-one knows who is getting their meal for free.

Please complete the application as soon as you are in receipt of Universal Credit as the government are reviewing this element & we don’t want you and the school to miss out.

Digital Day

Emergency school closure due to adverse weather


We will always try and give as much notice as possible in the event of needing to close one or both of our campuses. If we are unable to do this in advance, the decision will be made by 7.30am and communicated using the following ways:

- We will update messages on the school's website and answer phone messages.

- A text message will be sent out if we have to close the school.

- We will contact Heart FM (102.4 - 103.5 FM) and Juice FM (107.2 FM) who make regular announcements regarding school closures.

- A list of closed schools will be posted on the Heart FM website.

Digital Day

Prizegiving - Key Stage 3


One hundred and sixteen awards were given out to students in Prizegiving assemblies on the 28th and 29th of November. Awards are given each year by all subjects to students who have made outstanding progress and to students whose achievement is outstanding. These special assemblies celebrated the achievements of students during the last academic year and we are already looking forward to our next Prizegiving. Music from Jude and dance from Erin added to the sense of occasion as more than one hundred prize winners, including Community Cup winners Matthew and Xavier, were applauded by their peers who had supported their success. A real example of together we achieve.

Mr Paul

Senior Assistant Head Teacher

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Food Bank donations


Over the years, my tutor groups have always been involved in a 'secret santa' which is a lot of fun. Essentially most gifts are really just trivial, have no real use and end up adding to the ever-growing landfill. This year I suggested to my students that, instead of buying each other random gifts, we actually each bring in something that will be truly needed and appreciated by those less fortunate than us, and the gifts will be taken to the local food bank on the last day of school. To my surprise, this idea was met with so much enthusiasm and the very next day students were coming in with donations! We have collected such a great variety from pasta, tinned soups, beans, sanitary products and toiletries to mention just a few!

I feel so proud of my tutor group and they have really set a beautiful example to the rest of the school during this time of giving.

Thank you!

Ms Paluch

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Prizegiving - Key Stage 4


It was an absolute pleasure to finish off the Autumn Term by giving out over 280 awards across both Years 10 and 11. The awards were in recognition of 100% attendance, students with the most House Points, Hove Park Bacc Honours and the Prize Giving Winners for ‘Outstanding Progress, Achievement & Contribution’. It was fantastic to see so many students being acknowledged, and the support that students displayed for their peers as awards were being received.

Special mention to the following;

Ruby S - The Cruddas Cup

Harrison H – The Sainsbury Cup

Stanley S - Overall Outstanding Achievement

Ruby C - Overall Outstanding Achievement

Molly G - Overall Outstanding Achievement

Milo E - Overall Outstanding Achievement

Darren C - Overall Outstanding Progress

Amanta E - Overall Outstanding Progress

Arwen S - Overall Outstanding Progress

Kerolus A - Overall Outstanding Progress

Amber W – For receiving the Head Teacher’s Award earlier this term.

And to Alfie J, Daisy S, Evangelia S and Billy C for performing so brilliantly to their respective year groups.

Year 10 have impressed with the manner in which they have settled into life on the Nevill Campus and equally Year 11 have demonstrated a mature and focused approach to the recent Mock Exams.

My colleagues and I hope to see everyone back safe and well on Thursday 4th January at the normal time of 8.30am.

Dates for your 2018 diary: Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th February - School Production of ‘Hairspray’!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Winter Break and a very Happy and Healthy 2018.

Mr Brooking

Senior Assistant Head Teacher


PE round-up


The last few PE fixtures this term have been a great success. You can read all our PE news by following this link. Huge congratulations must go to our Year 7 football team who won a consecutive thirteen games in a row!

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Waitrose Community Matters charity


Brighton, Hove and Portslade Schools Athletics Association has been successful in being voted for Waitrose's Community Matters charity initiative for the month of January 2018.

Waitrose's Community Matters scheme enables customers to nominate charitable and other locally based organisations within the local community. On a monthly basis, three local organisations are chosen and £1000 of profit will be made available to divide between the causes. A token will be given to customers after a transaction and they may choose which local organisation they wish to support by placing their token in the box for the relevant cause. £1000 will be divided at the end of the month corresponding with the number of tokens which have been placed in each box.

This will mean potential funding for our Brighton, Hove and Portslade Schools Athletics Association, in turn benefiting our student athletes.

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Enterprise and Employability workshops


Year 11 students have been taking part in Enterprise and Employability workshops during the last week of term. The workshops have been focusing on interview skills and techniques, CV building, financial awareness and 21st century employment. Many thanks to staff and colleagues from Barclays Bank, Elev8 Careers, Future First, Lloyds Bank, Mott Mac Engineering, Phil Davies, & Pragmatic companies for giving up their time on the run up to Christmas to reach out to our students and help prepare them for their next journey after Post 16 education. It is much appreciated.

Mr Warwick

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Sixth Form end of year assembly


Thursdsay, 14th December, saw Hove Park Sixth Form students receive awards, during our end of year assembly, for their progress in subject areas. Winners received a £10 giftcard and tube of sweets for their hard work, as nominated by subject teachers. We also celebrated ‘Community Spirit Awards’ for students who have gone the extra mile and were being recognised for their work outside of lessons. Awards were given for voluntary work at the Valley Campus with our KS3 students, being pro active with work experience placements, being Sixth Form Ambassadors at after school events, running the all important Sixth Form ‘Snack Shack’ at break and lunch times, mentoring KS4 students at the Nevill Campus. Well Done to all our award winners!


Sixth Form update


Hove Park Sixth Form has just seen students take their first set of mock exams on their journey to achieving A-levels or BTEC's and will finish what has been a very successful start to the year. For our Year 12 students this will be the first indication of what they could possibly achieve at the end of their two years of study, and for Year 13 a real taste of what they might achieve at the end of this year.

No matter what, students still have plenty of time to study and improve upon the grades they achieve from these exams. With our Sixth Form's smaller class sizes and supportive environment, coupled with high quality teaching, students will have every chance of success and in moving on to the next step of their journey - be that University, an apprenticeship or straight into the world of work.

This is also a very important time for Year 11 students as they are getting their applications in for Hove Park Sixth Form, with their initial interviews taking place after the two week holiday in January. With recent news about local sixth forms consulting on their future, I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure all parents and students that Hove Park Sixth Form will continue to offer high quality education to all students in the local area and beyond.

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Peer tutors visit Hangleton Primary


Sixteen Year 9 Peer Tutors have been visiting Hangleton Primary every week this half term, to work with Year 6 students in maths lessons. The students have been walking up to Hangleton independently every Friday morning and staying for a double maths lesson with buddies in Year 6 there. The project has been amazing and has had a huge impact not only on pupils at Hangleton but with our Peer Tutors benefitting from the experience greatly! The pupils at Hangleton love the students coming in and the consistency of this project has meant that secure relationships have been made between the students and pupils in the Primary School. Our students have behaved in such a responsible way and have been superb ambassadors for Hove Park School.

We are hoping to continue the project next year and are proposing a new project with the Year 5’s at Hangleton after Christmas too.

Ms Hunt

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What's On 

Dec 20th - Last day of term  

Jan 3rd - INSET day

Jan 4th - First day of term (Week A)

Feb 1st - Y9 Options Information Evening




2016/17 Exam Certificate Collection

Exam certificates from the 2016/17 academic year will be available to collect from 8 – 27 January. You will be able to collect your certificates from the Nevill campus reception only. You can come on any of these days to do this, and do not need to let us know in advance. Times for collection are 10am-4pm.

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