Weekly Blog

4th September – 8th September

Welcome Back

Last week the school re-opened to pupils after the summer holidays and the new school year got underway.

We would also like to welcome all our new Year 7 pupils and new pupils joining our other year groups. This is an exciting and daunting time for them as they face the challenges of a new school, new teachers and new friends. We hope that their first week was enjoyable and they are excited about their future achievements at Test Valley School.

We also welcome our new staff (teaching and support) joining us and hope they also settle in quickly to our school community.

During the holidays much was done to ensure we were ready for the new term. A number of classrooms and the main corridor had a makeover with working parties coming in voluntarily to redecorate. We are very grateful for all the time and hard work of the parents, staff, governors who came along to help. We would also like to extend special thanks to Lloyds Banking Group based in Andover where a large number of their staff donated their time to join our working parties as part of their ‘day to make a difference’ initiative in the local community.

Our goats also have a lovely new enclosure due to a generous donation towards their fencing which will shortly be extended to include the pond area. We are sad, however, to report that over the holidays one of our goats, Bungle, passed away due to natural causes before he could enjoy this.

GCSE Results

In August many of our Year 11 pupils came into school to collect their GCSE results. Some pupils came with parents, others with family members or friends. It was a very special moment to share with our pupils. There were many happy faces, tears of joy and much to be celebrated. We are pleased to report that 65% of pupils achieved five or more grades equivalent to A*-C including English and Mathematics. Results in English and Mathematics were excellent taking into account the significant changes to the examinations and the introduction of new number grades in these subjects this year. 75% of pupils achieved at least a grade 4 or above (equivalent to A*-C) in English and in Mathematics. Pupils are also to be commended for the results they have achieved in a number of other subjects again this year.

Headteacher, Louisa Hiscock:

We are delighted with the results achieved by our pupils, especially with the anticipated volatility of these results. I congratulate and wish them all well as they go forward to the next stage in their lives. I pay credit to the staff for their commitment and determination to support our pupils and also take this opportunity to thank parents for their support.’