Posts By: Mr P Upfold


Pupils have already made a fantastic start using GCSE Pod to support their learning. Over 1250 pods have been accessed in the first three weeks of term alone. GCSEPod provides expertly written, highly concentrated learning and revision content to reinforce and consolidate key topics for 20+ subjects. It works seamlessly on any device, online or… Read more »

History in your hands: Year 7

Year 7 pupils have begun their study of History at Test Valley this week with an exploration of the artefacts that form the basis of all our shared past. They were challenged to look at a broad selection of items from the past. This ranged from Roman coins, letters from an emigrant to Australia, pages… Read more »

Windmill Experiment in Year 10

If you cannot find your fan, you might want to have a look in Room 6 as Mr Holmes and his Year 10 pupils have been conducting wind turbine experiments using them. The practical involves the pupils cutting out different sized paper turbines and placing them on a motor. The fans turn each of the… Read more »

Welcome (Back)!

Year 7 2018

Welcome to all of our pupils, in particular our new 7 Year pupils.  We asked them how the first week of school went and their comments included: “I made lots of friends!” “I found new subjects I didn’t know I liked.” “I have done more things, like subjects and PE, which I haven’t done before.”… Read more »

Key Stage 4 Results August 2018

Exam Results

Test Valley School is celebrating the achievements of their pupils. Results in English and Mathematics were excellent with 73% and 75% of pupils respectively achieving at least a grade 4 or above (equivalent to old A*-C). Pupils achieving a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics were also up 7% compared to last year.… Read more »

Hats Off to Lessons on Money!

Hats off to lessons on money!

Pupils in Year 9 Maths lessons have been learning about finance in the last few weeks of term. We think it is important for pupils to learn about how to manage money before they leave school. Here are pupils from 9S enjoying the “Cats Bats Hats” activity. This involved pupils being divided into “buyers” and… Read more »

Our Day at Peter Symonds College

At the end of June, our ‘Rising 9s’ group (Year 10 pupils who are predicted at least one GCSE grade 9) travelled to Peter Symonds for a PPE day. This was a day wholly comprised of politics, philosophy and economics. Peter Symonds College in Winchester has the largest philosophical department in the country. We were… Read more »

Activities Week

Activities Week 2018

Last week saw the return of our annual activities week. This included residential trips to France and central Europe as well as non-residential activities to join in and out of school. Pupils on the residential trip to France spent an exciting week at Château Du Baffy, this is an education and language centre situated in… Read more »

Summer Term 2018 Newsletter

We are proud to present the Summer Term 2018 newsletter. You can download a PDF copy of the newsletter, or view it below. Download a PDF copy

Summer Sizzler

On Thursday 5th July the Test Valley School Parent Teacher Association ran their second Summer Sizzler – and with the ongoing sunshine it really was a ‘summer sizzler’ this year! We had a good turnout, with families of current pupils and Year 6 pupils joining us in September. The event provided a lovely opportunity for… Read more »

‘Think IT’ STEM Event at IBM

‘Think IT’ STEM Event at IBM

This event took place over two days giving a group of girls in Year 9 the opportunity to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. They worked in teams with other schools. On the first day they were given a scenario and went through the processes to develop and target an app using… Read more »

Primary Schools’ Dance Festival

Primary Schools’ Dance Festival

It was a great start to Day One of the Dance Festival with West Tytherley and Wherwell Primary Schools performing excellent dance routines. Despite the heat the pupils worked well all day on their showcase performances, dancing to the theme of “Celebration”. The Sports Leaders and pupil event managers worked hard to make sure everyone… Read more »