Welcome to our school


Headteacher's welcome

Welcome to our website and to our school.

We strive to help young people enjoy successful lives by giving them an inspirational, academic and enriching education.

Our pupils are entitled to the highest standards of teaching and a rich range of extra-curricular activities. A first class education means equipping young people with the highest grades in the right qualifications for their chosen careers and it also means developing each child’s wider character including their moral values and resilience.

Every child is capable of outstanding achievement.

It is a simple truth (substantiated by solid evidence arising from sound research) that excellence comes from high aspirations and hard work. Every child is capable of ambition and endeavour, and therefore every child is capable of outstanding achievement. More simply, achievement is dependent on a ‘can do’ mindset.

Hove Park is an exciting place to be. The considerable and impressive achievements of our school in recent years are due to the hard work of our whole community: students, staff, governors, parents and carers. Our innovative and creative approach to education is exemplified by our trailblazing deployment of iPads for every pupil. At the same time, achievement is significantly above national averages.

Our OFSTED inspection report of 2013 highlighted the rapid transformation, visionary leadership and increasingly outstanding quality of teaching in the school, as well as praising the school for its unrelenting focus on raising standards for all students.

It is fair to say however, that we have not rested on our laurels. The number of students achieving the government’s preferred range of highly academic subjects (the ‘English Baccalaureate’ or ‘EBacc) continues to rise and is significantly above national averages. At the same time, we have enriched and broadened our curriculum. For example our Year 7 art and technology teaching now allows for a whole day of creative education and ‘making’, and we have five full-time drama teachers.

At the other end of our curriculum offer, our sixth form provision has gone from strength-to-strength. We have had another very successful record set of A-Level results. Examination success, high quality teaching and the rich curriculum all help to explain the high numbers of students joining our sixth form.

I am proud to be the headteacher at Hove Park School. We are a highly ambitious and caring community. Our moral imperative of giving every young person the best education is our way of helping every young person make the most of what the world has to offer them for the rest of their lives.

Jim Roberts, Headteacher