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Letter from the head


Dear parents and carers,

I can’t quite believe we’re nearly at the end of the term. We’ve made a very positive start to the new academic year and I’ve been really impressed with the focus and engagement of students on both campuses.

Our monthly Parklife and website have showcased some of the amazing things the students and staff have been doing. As I look back on the term I feel a huge sense of pride in what we’ve achieved. 


Senior leadership of the school


As I highlighted in last month’s Parklife I have been looking at the Leadership structures across the school. As part of this process I would like to reinforce some of the key roles that will be in place from January 2018.


Outdoor gym


Having shared the good news earlier in the term that we won the money for our outdoor gym - I am really pleased to say the gym has now been installed!

All students will be going through an induction process as part of their PE lessons.

Letters will be coming home with further information about the use of the gym.



Head teacher challenge

I have set our new Senior Student team a challenge. If they can raise £1800 by the end of the academic year. The school would match fund this amount so we can buy either a concrete table tennis table or Foosball table (one for each campus) that students will be able to use at break and lunchtimes.

Stanley Scott (Head Boy) and Jazmine Otene-Henworth (Head Girl) have been speaking to students in assemblies over the last couple of weeks and have started to plan their strategy. Ticket sales for this years ‘Hove Park does Strictly Come Dancing’ will also go towards supporting the challenge.

Best wishes, Jim Roberts

Head Teacher, Hove Park School


Letter from the Chair of Governors


Hello, I would like to introduce myself as the new chair of governors - since September. I have been a governor of Hove Park School for 5 years and I'm relishing the challenge of taking over the leadership of the governing body.

This term the governors have decided to reduce the number of formal meetings to enable us to spend more time in the school. I've been busy going on learning walks with one of the deputy headteachers and have been very pleased to observe a calm and purposeful atmosphere in the school. It has been a pleasure to see some inspirational teaching and enthusiastic, focussed students.

I've also met with groups of staff and have been pleased to hear that they feel the school is calm and supportive this term, with a sense of direction under the leadership of the new head teacher.

The governing body is committed to working positively with the senior leadership team on what is important; students receiving a first class education and being given every opportunity to be the best they can be.

Helen Davies

Head of Governors



Hove Park School has signed up to ‘Easyfundraising’, a free and easy way to raise funds for our school, simply by doing your usual shopping online.

The Christmas shopping period is upon us and provides us with a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for our school. When you shop online through easyfundraising, every gift you buy for your loved ones will raise a donation for the children at Hove Park School and make a real difference.

So how can you help?

  • If you are not already registered, please sign-up now using the link below, it really is very quick and easy.
  • Everyone - next time you shop online please, please remember to go to easyfundraising first to select your retailer and then go shopping. It costs you nothing extra but provides a small donation for every penny you spend through ‘easyfundraising’.

If you need a little help remembering to use it each time you shop from your laptop or PC, there is a helpful Donation Reminder tool - just download it when you go to your account homepage. There is also an ‘easyfundraising app’ for your mobile devices, so if you shop on the go you won’t miss a donation opportunity.

In the run up to Christmas look out for special promotion weeks where retailers such as John Lewis and Argos offer extra donations. Remember too that many holiday companies and airlines are also part of the scheme.

Please sign up today and remember every penny spent this Christmas time online can make a real difference to our fundraising and your children.

To join NOW and start making a difference click on this link: join for free TODAY

A huge thank you to all of those supporters who have already signed up so far and those that are about to, we look forward to updating you again soon.

The pupils of Hove Park School are really grateful for your support.



Nu Civilisation Orchestra Jazz event at Brighton Dome


A group of musicians, from Nevill and Valley campuses, combined this week for a performance at the Dome as part of the Jazz Ticket event. They performed an Ella Fitzgerald song, called ‘How High The Moon’, to an audience of parents, carers and schools from Brighton and Hove. Their performance was excellent and even saw a few students improvising a solo! They worked with jazz professionals from The Nu Civilisation Orchestra to perform their piece and the students loved experiencing what was a completely new style for some. One student wrote they loved performing the music they love and in an amazing venue! Well done to all involved.


Here, Everyday, Ready and On time.


In last month’s Park Life we introduced our HERO strategy to you all. This strategy recognises students who are Here, Everyday, Ready and On time.

We currently have:

  • 110 Year 7 HEROs
  • 87 Year 8 HEROs
  • 84 Year 9 HEROs
  • 73 Year 10 HEROs
  • 87 Year 11 HEROs

All students with 100% at the end of the Autumn term will receive a Hero Bronze award. These students have the chance to go for Silver in the Spring Term and for Gold in the Summer term. All students that don’t earn a Bronze in the Autumn term can still go for Bronze in Spring and Silver in Summer. This term we will be inviting all our Bronze Award winners to receive a free hot chocolate as well as receiving their Bronze certificate in assembly.

However despite having so many 100% students we are still off our whole school target. We currently have an overall figure of 94.08% (Remember the magic number here is 95%). Year 7 and Year 9 are both 95%+ so well done to those year groups. Let’s see if the rest of the year groups can improve their attendance throughout December to catch them up.

Remember to contact Tutors and Year Teams if you have any concerns with regards to your child’s attendance. Please remember to book all holidays out of school term time. We have already lost 191 school days this year due to students being absent from school on holidays, which is simply not good enough. Wherever possible please book medical appointments outside of school hours. Remember your child can come to school before and after appointments so even if they have a hospital appointment that cannot be changed they do not have to miss the whole school day.

We also launched our 100 club this year and the tutor group with the highest attendance figure will be rewarded with £100 to spend as they wish and as we go to print the following tutors groups are in the lead. However there’s still 2 weeks to go before the winner for this term is announced so every day and every student still counts.

Year 7 – currently 1st = 7A

Year 8 – currently 1st = 8V

Year 9 – currently 1st = 9C

Year 10 – currently 1st = 10A

Year 11 – currently 1st 11R

Tania Banks – Attendance Strategy Lead

Lisa Carruthers – Educational Welfare Officer


Duke of Edinburgh


I would like to say a big thank you to all of those parents/carers and students that attended the Duke of Edinburgh Award Information Evening this month; it was great to see so many of you attending.

If your son/daughter is interested in taking part in the award, it is not too late to apply.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is continuing to grow here at Hove Park School. It is the world’s leading youth achievement and enables its participants to develop a host of personal and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, it is highly regarded by colleges, universities and potential employers.

We are currently taking applications for participants in Years 9 and 10 to take part in the Bronze Award which will require participants to take part in volunteering, learn a (new) skill and take part in physical activity as part of the Award. Students can in fact count any skills, physical or volunteering work they do towards the Award. In addition, students will be required to take part in two expeditions which will take place on the South Downs.

We currently have 50 Year 9s enrolled, 40 Year 10s and a further 17 Year 11 students that are in the process of completing their Silver Award having already completed their practice expedition back in September. We still have a number of places available if you are keen for your son or daughter to take part in the Award, the closing date for applications is Friday 8th December. Information about the Award is available from the Year 9 and 10 Offices and students can enrol by completing the application and payment details on WisePay.

The difference in cost between Year 9s and Year 10s is due to the fact that the Year 9s will take part in the Award with a team of qualified Duke of Edinburgh leaders from outside of the school, whereas the Year 10s will complete the Award with qualified Duke of Edinburgh leaders who work within Hove Park School. The Year 9s will then have the opportunity to take part in the Silver Award at a cheaper fee when they are in Year 10.

Finally, we may have opportunities for parents to get involved in the delivery of the Award. If you are interested or have any questions about the Award, please email either Mr Bartlett ( or Mr Hunting ( For general information you can also visit


PE round-up


We had some great PE results this month, you can read all our PE news by following this link. Highlights are our Year 7 becoming district champions and hitting top form, our U14 girls winning convincingly at Warden Park, basketball success and a rugby thriller!

Digital Day

Hove Park students compete in Digital Day


On 14th November 24 Year 8 & 9 Hove Park students took part in the national Digital Day competition. Some students were Digital Leaders, others were nominated by their teachers for having a variety of skills including; the ability to work well in a team, leadership skills and problem-solving skills. The Managing Director (Ben Lambert) from Neptik; a digital marketing company based in Brighton, gave up his working day to work with our students. Firstly, they learnt about working in industry and then they had to put what they had learnt into practise. The challenge was to design a product and market it in the style of Dragons Den. The students came up with some amazing ideas including; a Virtual Reality anti-bullying app, a digital pet insurance product and an app that could track lost glasses. All winning presentations have been sent into the national competition and we will hopefully hear some good news when the winners are announced in January. Putting the competition aside, I was incredibly impressed at the quality of products devised and the speed and agility of thought when marketing their ideas. Some very bright futures ahead in this industry if these students choose it. All of the students and myself were very grateful to Neptik for sharing their time and expertise.

Digital Day

The Bike It Project


Sustrans is the Sustainable Transport charity with the stated aims of making it easier for people to walk and cycle. The Bike It Project, an established national Sustrans project is working across the city to get more people cycling in and around schools. Bike It Ben and Bike It Lucy have been working alongside Hove Park to create opportunities for students based around Bikes and the benefits have been felt across the school.

Working with small groups of young people, Ben and Lucy are creating opportunities to learn new skills, not only bike handling skills on our mountain bike rides, but also things as diverse as: learning and using engineering principles, mindfulness and well-being, opportunities for raising self-esteem, problem-solving, nurturing, and working with the wider community in local primary schools by fixing bikes and teaching young children to learn to ride.

The 'Bike It' duo have worked closely with our inclusion team and the mental health team within Hove Park, as Bike It has a strong mental health focus. Their work, funded in the city by Public Health, has enabled them to help train staff and pupils in key mental health first aid techniques, which when combined with the benefits from working with bikes, create resilience in the young people on the project. The regular Dr Bike sessions mean also that the whole school benefits from having bikes checked on a weekly basis.

Digital Day

The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP)


Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) is a nationwide intensive language programme. HPS is one of the few schools in Sussex, at the forefront of delivering this ground breaking programme. The programme has opened up a world of opportunity for those students who have taken part this year and they certainly get a head start in their pathway towards language mastery. HPS will continue to deliver this programme for our future Year 7 students who wish to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Our MEP students enjoy the variety of lessons. Students who take part in the MEP project generally possess the following skill sets:

1) The are very enthusiastic about learning Chinese. Almost all students feel the language is very interesting and it engages them.

2) The more they know about the language, the more they want to learn Chinese. They actively participate in the after school club and many even use their lunch time to learn more Chinese!

3) The learning is very effective. The degree of cooperation is extremely high between students and teachers, so students can grasp the content quickly and easily during the lesson time.

Leila said, “I learn a lot more in the most fun way possible.”

“Chinese is such an amazing language and it’s logical. All the teachers are supportive,” said Nancy.

“We learn about Chinese culture as well as the language,” said Ciara.

Thursday after school, over 20 students stayed to learn how to make Chinese dumplings as part of a taste of Chinese culture. Students were extremely enthusiastic about kneading the different coloured dough and making pastries with Chinese rolling pins. The most fun part was to wrap chocolate with the pastry and then afterwards unwrap it and eat the chocolate!

“The dumpling making was fun and creative. I learned how to use chopsticks! “said Mila.

Digital Day



I recently spent a weekend in London taking part in workshops and performing rap and spoken word shows. This was thanks to me being one of six Slambassadors (Europe's oldest spoken word slam) winners. Out of roughly 900 entries this was a prestigious award and was supplemented by being able to work with spoken word legend Joelle Taylor (check out her latest book, Songs My Enemy Taught Me).

After meeting the incredibly talented other winners we took part in some writing activities which were very interesting and offered new perspectives. We then worked on our performance in preparation for our show later. The show went brilliantly and I was once again amazed at how skilled the other artists were. I've also been busy doing other shows such as one for the Vincent Dance Theatre where I performed at their premier of Shut Down in London and am competing in the Hammer and Tongue annual final soon. All of this couldn't have been possible without people such as youth music charity Audio Active and the Youth Poets vs MCs to support me, as well as many other individuals.

Digital Day

Mental Health and Wellbeing training


On Monday and Tuesday last week, a variety of students from different years took part in a course to educate and help people understand what it is like to live with mental health issues as well as to get rid of the stigma surrounding disorders (which can affect wellbeing and health massively). This new and exciting course took place at the Sussex County Cricket Ground thanks to Vanessa (a representative from the Cricket Ground) along with Miss (Lauren) Pinney and Cole who made this fantastic opportunity happen.

We had the amazing chance to meet and ask questions to people like Michael Yardy; he has played for England and currently coaches the Sussex team. He, like many, has spoken out to the press about struggling with a condition called OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).

Over the two days we discussed many things such as being a helpful and supportive listener, knowing what to solve ourselves and what to pass on and where to direct those in need.
We did many fun activities such as the mental health market, where each table researched a type of mental health e.g. depression, anxiety, eating disorders and OCD and then we went around the tables and 'bought ' facts about mental health.

Overall we thought the experience was a great opportunity to learn new skills that we look forward to putting into practice, in the school environment.

By Rosa and Saige

Digital Day

Peer Tutor Training session


This week a group of 20 Year 8 students attended a Peer Tutor Training session at Valley Campus.

They have put themselves forward as wanting to be a Peer Tutor and if they are selected they will receive a badge and a certificate in assembly next week!

The students worked with current Year 9 Peer Tutors to learn about what makes a good Peer Tutor. They took part in team building activities and actually had a chance to Peer Tutor one another.

The students were a credit to the school! They worked really hard to overcome shyness and improve their confidence with a common aim of helping younger students.

The successful group of students will be joining the Peer Tutor scheme which has students in it working around the school from Year 9 to Year 13. They will have the opportunity to take part in a number of projects with local primary school as well as helping out at Hove Park School.

‘It has made me feel more confident in talking to other people and out loud. If I got chosen, I would be really excited and would feel more confident. It has also helped me really understand what a peer tutor is and what it is they do.’ Year 8 pupil

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What's On 

Dec 12th - A Christmas Knight - Valley Hall

Dec 14th - Winter Concert - Nevill Hall

Dec 19th - HP6 Consultation Evening 

Dec 20th - Last day of term  

Jan 4th - First day of term


Christmas dinners

Christmas dinner will be served in the canteen at Valley on Tuesday 12th December and at Nevill on Wednesday 13th December.                                          



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