Monthly Archives: May 2017

Breaking Records with Revision

Test Valley pupils have been making the most of a fantastic online revision resource called GCSEPod. The resource enables pupils to access short podcasts to support their revision in most of their subjects.  In the last year our pupils have streamed or downloaded a grand total of 18,800 podcasts which is phenomenal! Numbers are likely to rise still further… Read more »

Y7 Test Valley Talent

Y7 Test Valley Talent

During our Year 7 Learn-to-Learn programme we held an “Eisteddfod” competition. The Eisteddfod comprises of entries from Drama, Dance, Literature and Music categories, giving pupils an opportunity to perform in front of their peers and show off their talents. It was evident that many pupils worked very hard in preparation for this event and a surprising array… Read more »

Pupil Council Event

On Tuesday morning, Test Valley School had the pleasure of welcoming 30 pupils from five of our local primary schools, when they hosted the annual Pupil Council Cluster Event. The pupils who attended are all part of Pupil Council within their own schools.  The pupils worked in groups along with Test Valley Pupil Council members to explore who the… Read more »

A Trip to the Theatre

The Woman in Black at the Nuffield Theatre

The Woman in Black is Back! If you enjoy a mixture of laughter, ear-piercing screams and sudden appearances of long-dead pale-faced ladies then last Tuesday evening production of The Woman in Black at Southampton‘s Nuffield Theatre was the place for you! 44 English and Drama pupils and staff from Test Valley thoroughly enjoyed themselves. No-one… Read more »

StockFest Returns

StockFest 2017

Despite the summer showers last week, our annual celebration of talent across our school community took place with the return of StockFest, now marking its ninth year. There was a fantastic variety of performances from our pupils on the main stage, a barbeque and refreshment stall, delicious cakes to be bought, games to be played… Read more »

Swimming Pool Opens for Summer

Swimming Pool

This week the swimming pool opened for the Summer Term. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a great facility to use and we plan on making the most of it come rain or shine. Swimming lessons are already taking place during PE lessons and pupils are able to use the pool during their lunch… Read more »

Weather Looks Good in Germany

This week, in German, Year 10 pupils started to look at the issues of global warming and how this may affect the weather in the future. Pupils were given time to write a weather forecast for the year 2032 and then delivered it to their peers. This is a fun and engaging way to get… Read more »

Table Tennis Champions

Table Tennis Champions

Our Table Tennis Champions (Annabel Anderson, Alex Dennis, Oliver Middleton and Owyn Ashcroft) who won the table tennis tournament in the Andover Advertiser Table Tennis Final were awarded their trophies recently at a special presentation evening. Mr Dyke commented: “I am very proud of our pupils, they are all very talented players and devote their… Read more »

Year 9 “Bake-Off”

During the Summer Term, Year 9 pupils will be taking part in a ‘Bake-Off’ competition. On Friday of each week between now and the end of June, three or four pupils from each tutor group will be bringing in a cake for their tutors to judge. The two winners from each group will then be asked… Read more »

Paralympian Visit

On Wednesday, Year 9 pupils attended a workshop led by Claire Harvey, a Paralympian volleyball player, and Emma Miller-McCaffrey. The workshop started by discussing what bias and self-awareness are and how people can be prejudiced about other people based on what they can see or hear about them. Pupils then discussed how we form our opinion of others, being… Read more »

KS1 Movement Festival

Last week, four local primary schools attended our KS1 Movement Festival which involved seven fun activities all linked to the theme of movement. Twenty-three Years 7 and 8 Young Sports Leaders worked with the Personal Best Education coaching company to host the activities and make sure the KS1 pupils all had fun. Activities included the… Read more »

Maths Challenge

As part of the Test Valley Challenge the Maths department have put together a series of Maths Challenges for both pupils and staff to participate in. These appear on a fortnightly basis and can be entered by individuals. Key Stage 4 pupils are encouraged to participate as well and will get the same achievement points as… Read more »