Posts By: Mr P Upfold

Lego Engineering Challenge

A number of pupils opted to take part in the Lego engineering challenge during activities week. A day of working in teams to complete different challenges. The first challenge was to build a Lego structure which would scatter the furthest when released from a fixed height.  Two pupils built a system to hold and release… Read more »

Year 10 Geography Visit to Hengistbury Head

Year 10 Geographers visited Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch in Dorset, as part of their GCSE course.  The relatively new exam arrangements mean that the pupils will sit a fieldwork exam at the end of Year 11 and so this visit was vital preparation for them. There were two themes to the visit.  Firstly, pupils assessed… Read more »

Test Valley School Prom

Botley Grange Hotel provided a fantastic venue for the Year 11 prom. The event was attended by most Year 11 pupils and very well supported by members of staff.  Pupils arrived in an assortment of vehicles, including a dancing Tesla and a mirrored Mercedes! Pupils enjoyed a generous buffet and danced the night away, packing… Read more »

Annual Flower Festival

Test Valley School took part in the Annual Flower Festival, held at St. Peter’s Church, Stockbridge.  This year’s theme was ‘Countries’, so we chose a traditional English country garden as our theme. Mrs Gleeson, with the help of some Year 10 pupils, made the planting boxes which were then painted by Mrs Hardy and a… Read more »

Sparsholt Futures

Sparsholt Futures on Wednesday 13th June gave the enquiring minds of our Year 9 the opportunity to see how future technology can be used in our industries. Everything from a mechanical horse, to a remote controlled bank climbing lawn mower, to drones being used by the police, just scratches the surface of the experiences Year 9… Read more »

Fun Run

Walking, trotting and running around our sports field to help raise funds for our school swimming pool, Test Valley pupils took part in an after school fun run.  This was a great event well supported by staff, PTA and, most importantly, our pupils. In a bid to run the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats,… Read more »

Pupil Librarian Achievement Award

Congratulations to Henry King, who recently received his Gold Pupil Librarian Achievement Award! The Pupil Librarian Achievement Award is a carefully structured training programme, which allows pupil librarians to develop skills, qualities and knowledge in a real life context. Henry has consistently worked in the library, doing a variety of jobs, including shelving, issuing and returning books, suggesting… Read more »

Stockbridge Fete

The PTA were out in force at the Stockbridge Community Fete last weekend.  The PTA and pupil helpers raised funds for our pool by selling a range of drinks and snacks. The school’s animal petting centre was also very popular.  Our volunteers had a great day, sharing our animals and encouraging the local community to… Read more »

Saving the Pool

Members of the PTA, staff and parents have recently volunteered their time to carry out the necessary repairs to the paving around the school pool. Keith Smith, a local builder, led them on what needed to be done.This amazing effort means that the pool is now open again! The pool is a fantastic asset to… Read more »

StockFest 2019

Our annual celebration of musical talent took place recently. This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to take part and perform to a supportive audience. Many performers had clearly spent a long time preparing and rehearsing. It was certainly worth it to see such quality performances including boy bands, girl bands, soloists, instrumentalist and a… Read more »


The U15 athletics track squad competed in the semi-final of the Hampshire Track Knock Out this week and, whilst not qualifying for the final, the team made great strides in their personal performance. The squad consisted of: Jonty Sinclair, Matthew Johnson, Jacob Holmes, Riley Jacobs, Harry Wedgbury, Robert Wilson, Josh Granger and Oskar Harvey-Nash.