Monthly Archives: October 2017

1st Class Honours at Oxford for Former Pupil

Eleanor Gravenor

We are delighted to hear Eleanor Gravenor was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Music from Oxford University this year. Eleanor attended our school and was Head Girl in her Year 11. She describes her time here as being ‘just lovely’, speaking very highly of the friendly and caring atmosphere with pupils known by… Read more »


Year 7 pupils had a day of team challenges and understanding how they learn. This included an activity making animals out of plasticine to represent how they think they learn. Declan from 7N thought he was a bit like ‘a bull in a china shop’ – charging into tasks without really thinking them through first.… Read more »

Year 8 Computing Lessons

This week in Computing Year 8 pupils were developing their web design skills using Adobe Dreamweaver. Some pupils had already created their own website using custom templates at home but this lesson allowed pupils the opportunity to develop their own web assets from scratch. Pupils spent some time looking at various websites, their layout, functionality and familiarising themselves with website… Read more »

Y7: Telling a Story in English

English — Y7 telling a story

Year 7 pupils have been having a wonderful time reading a short story by Michael Morpurgo to help them think about how they would write their own short stories, how it would read and to give them inspiration. Pupils then had to plan, draft and tell their own short stories based on an early memory.… Read more »

Year 10 College Visit

On Wednesday 11th October twelve pupils studying GCSE German or French went to Peter Symonds for an A-Level taster session. They were taken on a brief tour of the college before the lessons began. Our pupils enjoyed the experience and their brief taste of college life. Rebecca Wansboro said it was good to see what… Read more »

Modern Languages Pupils of the Month

Languages Pupil of the Month

Each month our Modern Languages department choose a ‘pupil of the month’ for each year group based on the progress they are making overall and how hard they are working. This month the following pupils were successful: Year 7: Millie Nias Year 8: Jasmine Saunders Year 9: Sophie Keable Year 10: Sam Hunt Year 11:… Read more »

Year 9: Who are You?

Year 9 pupils attended ‘LifeLab’ this week; this was first initiated in 2008 at the University of Southampton. It has continued to develop through the collaboration of researchers from the university to raise young people’s awareness and interest in the science underpinning health issues and make positive changes to health-related attitudes. Pupils were able to conduct a number of scientific… Read more »

Year 7 Geography

This week in Geography Year 7 spent time investigating ‘The Distribution of Tropical Rainforests’.  The pupils used an atlas to help them identify and plot where the Equator, Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer are before they located the tropical rainforests.  Pupils worked hard to produce superb maps showing their locations before considering why the tropical rainforests… Read more »

Launch of Year 10 Work Experience Programme

Work Experience programme

This week our Year 10 pupils had an introduction to our Work Experience programme. This involves pupils undertaking a week long placement in the work place during the Summer Term. We encourage all pupils in Year 10 to become involved because we believe this provides a unique opportunity to experience life in a typical work… Read more »

Year 7 Aspire (Learn to Learn)

In Aspire lessons this week Year 7 have begun to build up their ‘learning skills toolkit’. In one group they learnt what a mind map was and how this can be a very useful learning tool.  The pupils spent some time designing a mind map about themselves, during this time they had the opportunity to… Read more »

Test Valley Open Events

It has been a very busy time at Test Valley recently as we welcomed potential new pupils and their parents to our school for a number of open events. Monday 25th September was a very busy Open Evening with a high number attending. It started with an introduction by Miss Hiscock (Headteacher) and speeches from… Read more »

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages

On Tuesday 26th September we celebrated European Day of Languages at Test Valley School. The pupils enjoyed greeting each other and their teachers in a different language whilst staff across the school we also very good at their greetings in a wide variety of different languages. Some even put their dates in a different language… Read more »