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Physical Education News

Back to Back Wins for Year 9

The Year 9s played Patcham on Wednesday 5th February at home, in their final group game of the Town Cup League Phase. It was a very competitive match throughout. Hove Park managed to score a well worked team goal, seeing out a tough but well-earned 1-0 victory. This win ..

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Sussex Schools Table Tennis

Huge congratulations to Deniz who represented the school last week 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 taki ..

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Badminton news

A huge congratulations to the boys' badminton teams who came 3rd and 5th in tonight's tournament at BACA playing against local secondary schools. A brilliant event organised by Emma Greenough and Badminton England where students played solidly for nearly two hours. Congra ..

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Cross country news

On Wednesday the 8th January, Hove Park took 50 students to the Brighton & Hove Cross Country Championships at Waterhall. Hove Park again had the highest number of athletes at the competition, with an opportunity for all students to take part, no matter of ability.  ..

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Year 7 girls team beat local rivals Cardinal Newman 3-0

In their final football fixture of the decade the year 7 girls team beat local rivals Cardinal Newman 3-0. The Hove Park girls fought hard against a very good Newman side with the game being played at a fantastic tempo. Some outstanding goal keeping from Livvie stopped a numb ..

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Sports Leaders

On Wednesday 20th November some of our Sports Leaders Assisted with running the Brighton, Hove and Portslade schools cross country championships at Waterhall. Everyone was full of praise for the year 10 girls. From the event staff, to the volunteers from the local athleti ..

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U14 Girl's Football update

The U14s travelled to Cardinal Newman for their 2nd round town cup tie on Monday. The team, who were assisted by some year 7 girls, played some of the best football we have seen from this side. They came away with a 6-1 win but could easily have been double figures. Goals fro ..

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Physical Education

Physical Education can ultimately boost the confidence of students and help them become fit and healthy individuals. Our aim is to encourage students to be confident, resilient people who are involved in lifelong physical activity.

Key Stage 3 PE

During Key Stage 3 PE, pupils develop their physical skills, as well as knowledge and understanding in a range of activities. They refine and adapt skills, developing precision, fluency and control in a number of activities from the Outwitting Opponents group; such as Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball and Hockey. They also develop their decision making skills in these activities by selecting and using tactics and strategies to beat their opponents.

Pupils develop their physical strength, stamina, flexibility and speed; as well as their mental capacity and determination to succeed in Health Related Exercise activities and Athletics.

They also learn how to analyse and improve their own and other’s performances in Dance and Gymnastic activities; making decisions on how to improve, and acting on observation and feedback.

Throughout their time at Hove Park, pupils are encouraged to lead healthy and active lifestyles. They are provided with opportunities both within and outside of lessons to help them identify the types of activities and roles they are best suited to. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to take on the role of leader, choreographer, coach, official and organiser, as well as performer during their lessons.

KS4 Core PE

The emphasis of Physical Education in Key Stage 4, is to encourage active healthy lifestyles and a love of lifelong physical activity. Students follow an option based course, where they can select activities that interest them and they participate in their chosen activity for six week blocks. This is non examination course.

The choices they may select include health and fitness based activities, where they have the opportunity to use specialist fitness equipment at school and participate in classes at a local leisure centre (including circuits, Zumba, step aerobics and spinning); team games such as Football, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby, Volleyball and Netball; and racquet sports including Table Tennis, Badminton and Tennis.


At Hove Park School, students in Key Stage 4 are offered the opportunity to study GCSE PE in addition to the Core PE programme. We follow the AQA course, which comprises of both Practical and Theory Units. The Theory Unit comprises of topics including Anatomy and Physiology; Movement Analysis; Training, Sports Psychology; Socio-cultural influences and Health and Fitness. Students will study these topics in preparation for the written exam at the end of the two year course.

For the Practical Unit, students perform and are assessed in a wide range of sports, and at the end of the course, three of these activities will be selected for their final assessment. One of these sports must be a team activity, and one must be an individual activity. Students will also analyse strengths and weaknesses of themselves or another performer in one chosen sport, suggesting areas for improvement.

How is this qualification assessed?

There will be two written exams, both one hour fifteen minutes for the Theory Unit. This is worth 60% of the final grade.

For the Practical Unit, the practical performance and analysis task are assessed internally by class teachers, and validated by external moderation. This is worth 40% of the final grade.

What can this qualification lead to?

The GCSE PE qualification is a natural link to both the A-Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, which prepare students for employment or further study at university. Students who follow this pathway often go on to study Sports Science at university, or embark on a teacher training route.

The Health and Leisure industry is one of the largest employment sectors. There are therefore many potential careers that GCSE PE could lead to, including Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapist; Coaching; Personal Training; Recreation Worker; Sports Development Officer; Sports Journalism; Outdoor Adventure Instructor; Sports Masseur; PE Teacher and Leisure Centre Management.

BTEC Level ½ First Award in Sport (equivalent to a single GCSE)

The BTEC First qualifications aim to provide Level 2 learners with a solid grounding in the essential knowledge and skills needed in the Sport Sector, to enable progression into further or higher education, or employment in Sport and Recreation.

The skills that are developed during this course are cross curricular. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and develop skills essential for the modern day workplace, including team work, working to deadlines, presenting information, administrative tasks and working to assignment briefs.

How is this Qualification Assessed?

The qualification is both internally and externally assessed (25% external assessment and 75% internal assessment). The internal assessment consists of assignments based on a number of different units. The external assessment consists of an online test, including multiple choice, short answer, long answer and matching exercises.
The BTEC First Certificate consists of two Core units and two Optional units:

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise (core unit)
  • Practical Sports Performance (core unit)
  • Training for Personal Fitness (optional unit)
  • Leading Sports Activities (optional unit)

What can this qualification lead to?

The BTEC First qualifications will aid progression to further study, with a clear path way to a BTEC Level 3 Sport Qualification. They will also prepare learners to enter the workplace. Typical employment opportunities include working as a junior coach or fitness instructor, Recreation Assistant, or Sports Leader.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education, along with other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-Levels, and is equivalent to one A-Level. There are four units, 3 of which are mandatory. These are Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness, Training and Professional Development in the Sports Industry. The fourth unit can be selected from Sports Leadership, Sports Psychology, Fitness Testing and Practical Sports Performance.

How is the course assessed?

The Anatomy and Physiology Unit and Training Unit (120 GLH) are externally assessed, the Professional Development and Optional Unit (60 GLH) are internally assessed.

What could this Qualification Lead to?

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admissions requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of study.

It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to many courses, for example: BA (Hons) in Sport and Business Studies, BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science.

It also provides generic employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communicating, presenting, the ability to work collaboratively and adaptability and resilience.

Extra curricular PE

There is an extensive extracurricular sports programme at Hove Park School. Students are provided with the opportunity to take part in traditional team games such as Football, Rugby, Netball, Cricket, Rounders and Basketball, as well as aesthetic activities such as Dance and Gymnastics. Students in Key Stage 4 can also use our fitness suite, which is equipped with a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines.

Students can attend practice sessions every day after school just for fun and to stay fit and healthy; as well as play competitively in leagues, county cups and national cups. We have many successful teams and fantastically committed staff.

In addition to the wide range of extra-curricular clubs on offer, students can participate in international residential trips, including a ski trip and an Outdoor Adventure week in the South of France.


“Dance is vital, an activity both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no matter how hard you try you can’t get away from that for long. It can also be a huge force for good, effectively drawing people together and levelling everyone through sheer hard work. It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life”. Richard Alston CBE, Dance UK

Key Stage 3 Dance

During KS3 pupils are introduced to the core skills required to be able to perform in dance as well as the tools to choreograph small pieces of dance. They learn the key concepts of actions, space, dynamics and relationships, which enable them to refine their performances as well as think creatively when choreographing. Pupils are taught to become familiar with assessing and evaluating their own and others’ work and to use feedback to improve their work. Dance is a highly active lesson, promoting both physical and mental well-being, boosting pupils’ confidence along the way. Dance club provides students throughout the school with the opportunity to be involved in performances such as the Christmas show, Let’s Dance and Sports Presentation Evening.