Monthly Archives: January 2018

A Pupil’s Perspective

In a recent blog entry, we reported on our whole school PSHE Day. One of our Year 7 pupils wanted to share his experience of the day: ‘We were looking at the jobs we wanted to do. At the start of the day we all looked at what job we wanted to do right then.… Read more »

Andover College Interviews

Over the past week our Year 11 pupils have been attending interviews for a place at Andover College once they have completed their journey here at Test Valley. Many of the staff from Andover College complimented our pupils on their exceptional behaviour and for the way they conducted themselves throughout the interview process. Interviews for… Read more »

Library Time

We are very proud of our library here at Test Valley School and it is always good to see pupils using it in both lesson time and their free time at break and lunch times. During English, pupils spend some lesson time in the library where they were asked to read a book of their… Read more »

The Existence of God and Revelation

This week GCSE RE pupils started a new topic on The Existence of God and Revelation. Pupils considered the Cosmological (First Cause) argument for the existence of God, followed by the Teleological (Design) argument. In the picture, Jamie Evans is attempting to tie a string into a knot without using his thumbs. This was a starter… Read more »

Chicken and Egg

New chickens

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well in our case, it was the chicken. This week Test Valley School were delighted to welcome three new chickens to join our flock. The chickens (called Peacock, Ostrich and Speckles) have all settled into their new homes well and we hope we will be seeing some… Read more »

More Innovative Maths

Maths

An experiment to give pupils a different way of revising was used in Maths lessons recently. Mr Whatley brought a large number of pupils to the Hall. In each corner were the letters A, B, C and D. Using the website “Diagnostic Questions” Mr Whatley was able to challenge the pupils’ understanding of some key maths… Read more »

Sparsholt College Open Day

Sparsholt College Open Day

On Thursday 18th January it was a very cold and windy day, nevertheless thirty-six of our Year 9 pupils visited Sparsholt College for their 14-16 College Open Day. There were a range of courses on offer including Equine, Animal Management and Fisheries, Engineering, Motor Vehicle Mechanic and Agriculture. All pupils had a fantastic time despite… Read more »

Whole School PSHE Day

For this day each year group had a different focus: Year 7 took part in a series of workshops entitled ‘Careers Planet’. Designed to explore a range of careers through different planets. Each planet contains a different employment sector and the size of the planet represents the number of people employed in that sector. The… Read more »

Interviews for Peter Symonds College

Peter Symonds

Since returning to school in January our Year 11 pupils have been attending interviews for a place at Peter Symonds College once they have completed their journey here at Test Valley. Many of the staff from Peter Symonds complimented our pupils on their exceptional behaviour and for the way they conducted themselves throughout the interview… Read more »

Farewell to Mr Dyke

At the end of the Autumn Term we said a sad farewell to Mr Dyke after almost twenty years at Test Valley School. Mr Dyke taught English for many of these years and more recently as a Cover Supervisor. He has taught in ours and other local schools for fifty years.  He was known to… Read more »

Activities on Last Day of Autumn Term

The last day of the Autumn Term was full of fun and festivities for pupils across all year groups. After a quiet morning in lessons the Christmas activities began. There was an abundance of choice for pupils to choose from. In Years 7, 8 and 9 they could either dance the afternoon away in the… Read more »