Hove Park Students Get The Top Level Grades!

All the staff at Hove Park School would like to congratulate students on their GCSE results this summer. Once again there are many success stories and we are celebrating excellent achievement in many subjects.

The results have shown that:

  • The average grade achieved by all students has improved this year
  • The percentage of students achieving the EBACC has improved by 6% and is above the national average
  • The achievement of students for whom we receive pupil premium funding has improved this year
  • A number of students were successful in gaining the highest grade (Grade 9) in the new English and maths qualifications.

Our Head Teacher, Jim Roberts, said:

We are all incredibly proud of the students. Their hard work, determination and resilience is clearly evident from the results they have achieved. I would also like to thank the staff that have provided the quality of teaching, pastoral support and intervention that has enabled the students to progress and achieve at this level. We wish all our students every success as they begin the next stage of their education.

There were many individual students who achieved outstanding results. For example, all the following achieved Grade 9 in GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths, which is the highest grade available in the new GCSE qualifications taken by students nationally for the first time this year:

  • Saffron Collicott, Rose Howard, Freya Johnson, Amy Page and Peter Preston all got a Grade 9 in English or English Literature
  • Charlotte Bardsley, Tallula Crean, Archie Knight, Sara Marolt, Luca Oppes, Elsa Polo Laube, Peter Preston and Toby Virgo all got a Grade 9 in maths

The government has set a pass in the new GCSEs as a Grade 4 or above and 62% of our students achieved this in both English and maths. Congratulations to Peter Preston who achieved a Grade 9 in both of these subjects!

Another area of strength in the school is the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc). To be successful in the Ebacc students need to pass GCSEs in English, maths, 2 x sciences, a language and either history or geography. This year 32% of our students achieved the Ebacc, an increase of 6% compared to last year and a figure that is well above the national average.

Part of our students’ success in the Ebacc is due to the strength of modern foreign language teaching in the school. This year results improved in all the languages that we teach here – Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian – and there were also a number of students who achieved A*-C in other language GCSEs such as Arabic, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish.

Other subjects across the curriculum that saw results improve this year were: Computing, Creative Media, Drama, English, History, Music, PE, while our students’ science results continue to be in-line with the national average.

We were also extremely pleased to see that the achievement of students for whom we receive pupil premium funding has improved this year, with a higher proportion of these students achieving a pass in English and maths and the Ebacc than in previous years.

All our headline figures can be seen below:



Attainment 8


% grades 9-4 in both English & maths


% grades 9-4 in English


% grades 9-4 in maths


% Ebacc


*Overall outcomes for students are now measured not just on attainment (Attainment 8) but also on their progress in 8 key subjects (Progress 8).  The Progress 8 figure is dependent on national data which is not released by the government until later in the year so will not be available until November.  At this point a fuller and more accurate picture of school performance will be available. 

A-level Results

Hove Park School is delighted that so many of our A-level students have deservedly done so well. They have worked hard and their superb accomplishments will enable them to progress into their chosen next steps which range from higher education courses to employment and apprenticeships.

In year 13 the sixth form had an excellent overall pass rate of 94% with 28% of grades being awarded as an A*-B. It is also very positive to see that A-level results overall have a positive Value Added Score meaning that students are performing better than the national average.

This year’s results have maintained our excellent standards. It is particularly pleasing that:

Individual success stories include:

  • Louise Galvin who achieved A,A,B grades in French, Spanish and Biology. Louise will study Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.
  • Toby Harris, who achieved A,B,B in English, Creative Writing and Politics. Toby will study a film and television course at University of the Arts, London.
  • Richard Chan, who arrived at the school in year 11 from China and spoke little English, has had fantastic success achieving a B in Maths and a B in Physics. He also achieved a C in Further Maths AS and is going to continue his studies to achieve his third A-level in August 2018.

Headteacher Jim Roberts was delighted with the results and praised the hard work of both the students and staff. He said “Once again, these fantastic results show that with hard work and determination you can achieve the very best. The huge successes of our students is thanks to their hard work, the hard work and expertise of the staff and the support of their families. Well done all.”

Hove Park School is also delighted that students across the city have achieved considerable success. We enjoy excellent working relationships with our partner schools and colleges. In particular, we are looking forward to continued collaboration with Blatchington Mill Sixth Form (Blatchsix) to further improve sixth form provision at both schools.