Weekly Blog

30th October – 3rd November

Year 11 GCSE Textiles

TextilesTextilesThis term, our Year 11 pupils have been working on their controlled assessment work, this contributes towards their final grade for GCSE Textiles.Textiles

Pupils are given a list of criteria to and, providing their work meets this criteria, they are then able to use their imagination and create their own unique piece of work.

The classroom was bursting with different ideas and pupils were all doing different things: Esme busy ironing fabric to make her elephant rucksack for children, Rebecca was concentrating on using the sewing machine to make little ladybirds that will be going on her giant blanket and Freya was looking at different samples of material to see which will work best for her hanging wall design.


Mrs Cross said:

“I am very proud of the creations the pupils have come up with and we are very excited to see the end results”.

Test Valley’s Reading Group

Pupils were invited to meet the author Helen Dennis at an exciting event held at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 2nd November.

The event organised by the Schools Library Service was the climax of a busy few months of reading. The current Year 9 pupils, chosen by Librarian Miss Needs, came together when they were still in Year 8 to take part in this year’s Hampshire Book Award. As a team the group read, digested and reviewed the six shortlisted books, meeting fortnightly to discuss their views. Each book had something different to offer and some were enjoyed more than others. In July schools from all over Hampshire met at Applemore College to discuss and vote on their favourite book. After a tense wait ‘Genesis, River of Ink’ written by Helen Dennis was declared the winner. At the final award ceremony at Winchester Guildhall the author took to the stage to talk about her book in amazing, informative detail. She gripped the audience when talking about her writing technique, process and characterisation. Helen Dennis then took questions from the pupils and enjoyed a book signing session with the school.

Helen Dennis with Test Valley School pupils

Beautiful Sounds in Year 11 GCSE Music

GuitarThere were beautiful sounds coming from our Music Room this week as some of our Year 11 pupils were making final “tweaks” to their music practical coursework following feedback from Mrs Leyman (Subject Leader for Music).

Once their work is ready it will be recorded for their GCSE.Piano

There were many different styles of music to listen to as each pupil was following a different genre: some were working on their performances and others were busy working on their compositions.

It really was wonderful to be listening to lots of different instruments with Felix playing on the electric guitar, Oliver playing the drums and Jess on the piano.



Modern Languages ‘Pupils of the Month’

Modern Foreign Languages flagsEach month our Modern Languages department choose a ‘pupil of the month’ for each year group based on the progress they are making overall and how hard they are working.

This month the following pupils were successful:

Year 7: Jessica Vaughan 7D

Year 8: Suzie Draper 8D

Year 9: Rebecca MacBean 9D

Year 10: Issy Henrys 10A

Year 11: Wilf Breach 11A

Shoe Box Appeal

Shoebox appealThe final few boxes were collected today for the annual shoe box appeal in affiliation with the Rotary Club of Andover. This year saw a new Test Valley School record with total of 156 shoe boxes donated.

Mr Beck from the Rotary Club commented:

“Thank you to The Charity Committee and Mrs Stubbs for co-ordinating. The commitment and enthusiasm of the Charity Committee has massively contributed to the excellent total box count this year. The delivery of these boxes will bring big smiles to the faces of children who live in Eastern Europe that do not have the same facilities that we are able to enjoy in the UK”.


GCSE History

GCSE History in actionWith the introduction of new GCSEs in many subjects this year, teachers are having to prepare new content and cover new areas in their teaching. In History this has meant going all the way back to the 14th Century with a unit of work on Edward III and the Hundred Years’ War.

As part of the background to the Battle of Crecy Year 11 pupils were introduced to the English Army’s ‘secret’ weapon – the longbow. After learning of its advantages over the inferior crossbow generally used by other armies at the time, they were given an opportunity to try the bow for themselves on the safety of the school field.

Year 7 & 8 Spooky Disco

This event was organised and run by the school’s PTA on Friday 3rd November. There was a great turnout with lots of fun. The pumpkin competition saw some creative work with runner up Kacey Cavill producing a carefully carved cat, pictured below.


Kacey Cavill’s carefully carved cat (left) (there’s a tongue twister for you), Lucy Wileman’s winning pumpkin with eyeballs (right) amongst other creative carvings!

The winning pumpkin by Lucy Wileman was carved and bandaged, and included added eyeballs to create a particularly scary product.

Costumes and make-up dominated the scene during the disco with a vast array of visual creativity.

Fox head

The handmade fox head which earned Amber Court a special award.

Can you believe this fox head was handmade especially for the disco by Amber Court? She received a Special Award for being so creative.

The fancy dress competition was a tough challenge for the judges who eventually decided on the Fancy dressrunner-up to be Jonathan Hyncica with his Edward Scissorhands take-off and in first place was Amber Penfound dressed and made up to shock and surprise. We are thankful to the PTA for their time and hard work with all the administration, catering, tuckshop running and staffing of this very successful event.