Weekly Blog

13th February – 17th February

Andover Young Musician of the Year 2017

On Thursday 9th February a group of pupils represented Test Valley School in the Andover Young Musician of the Year competition held in St Mary’s Church, Andover. The vocal ensemble, comprising nine Year 9 and 10 girls, performed a powerful three-part harmony version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, receiving very positive feedback from the judges and audience members.

Rebecca Ledwidge (Yr9) came second in the Classical category with a confident and musically articulate flute solo and Sophie Yates gained second place in the Pop category with a convincing and moving rendition of Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’.

Well done to all who took part, you did yourselves and Test Valley proud!

Trying hard in Rugby

Jamie Meaton, a Year 9 pupil at Test Valley School, had just started his 2nd season playing rugby with Andover Rugby Team when he was put forward for trials in January for The Hampshire Elite Player Training Scheme. The trials proved successful and he was selected and now trains with other talented rugby players from across Hampshire. Well done Jamie!


On the last day before the half term break it was PSHE Day here at Test Valley School. This is when there is no normal school timetable and pupils take part in activities based around Personal Social Health Education. Each year group had different activities and they consisted of:

Year 7 their day was focused on developing thinking and memory skills. Pupils started by making animal models out of plasticine to show how they learn. They then went on to look at certain skills for recalling information such as mind-mapping and how to memorise key words. Three volunteers from Winchester University played a ‘thinking’ game with them and the English department showed them how to memorise texts using music and rap.

Year 8: Dream Day – Pupils put together their ideal dream future lifestyle. This included the house they would like to live in, the car they would like to drive and all the additional luxuries they would like to go with it. These all came at a price. All pupils were then given a job at random with its own salary, qualifications and full details about the lifestyle.

Pupils carried out a range of activities which included comparing their employment with others. Then came the crunch which was working out whether or not is was possible to have the chosen lifestyle based upon the current salary followed by making compromises. The second half of the day pupils engaged in planning a career of their own choice and exploring all aspects of the career including pathways into it.

Year 9 – Our Enterprise Day for Year 9 pupils was called ‘Change for a Tenner’. In small teams pupils were given £10 and asked to design/make a product to sell during the school’s lunchtime to change their £10 into as much profit as possible. Each team had a Promotions Manager, a Team Leader, a Finance Manager and the ‘workforce’. As lunchtime started there was a real ‘buzz’ in the school’s gym which had been set up as their marketplace. There were a range of products on sale from cakes, sweets and even a fortune teller. Pupils managed to raise £320 which will be going to the Alex Lewis Trust

Year 10 – Enterprise Day had each tutor group forming a group of ‘companies’ which would submit a tender to run the school’s prom. Groups had to write a realistic business plan, a workable finance plan and a letter of tender to show they could provide a menu, venue, decorations and even prom dress hire if required.

Year 11 – Our Year 11 pupils had a day learning how to revise and looking at different resources that they can use both on and offline. They worked closely with the English and Maths departments whilst Winchester University sent a representative to discuss revision strategies.

Nicky Osborne (PSHE Coordinator) commented:

“PSHE day was such a success and I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and creative activities, the pupils had a wonderful day”.

Test Valley Production: The Wyrd Sisters

Every year it gets harder and harder to top the previous school play. This year it was time for a change, instead of a big musical or well-known storylines, we explored elsewhere and “The Wyrd Sisters” was suggested. This was a risky choice as it had a complicated storyline and not that many parts for extras but it was a risk that paid off. Every pupil involved were fully committed, focused and professional. The play was showing for two consecutive nights, both of which were fully packed with support from family, friends, staff and the wider community.


The feedback from all was very positive and the play was a tremendous success. Clare Stubbs (Subject Leader in Drama) said:

“I feel so lucky to be working in a school where Drama is valued for the amazing subject it is and what it offers to so many pupils of all abilities”

Enthusiastic about RE

Our Year 8 pupils are currently studying Hinduism in Religious Education. Over the past few weeks they have had to learn some particularly difficult words and concepts. During this week’s lesson pupils played a game of classroom ‘splat’ to help reinforce the meanings of the concepts. RE Subject Leader Mrs Osborne said “It was wonderful to see the pupils so engaged in and enjoying learning about Hinduism”.

School Disco

It was another successful school disco for the Year 7 and Year 8 pupils last week. Not only did our pupils enjoy themselves on the dance floor, they also enjoyed hot chocolate and freshly baked pizzas from our kitchens where parent Sean worked incredibly hard to produce such delights.

Mr Langdown, Year 7 Co-ordinator said:

“it was a fun and enjoyable evening, not only for the pupils, but for parents and members of staff that helped support the event thoroughly enjoyed themselves too. I would like to thank the Friends of Test Valley School and Mr Hill who ran the tuck shop and helped supervised the event”