Weekly Blog

1st October – 5th October

Sports Leadership in Year 10

Sports Leadership in Year 10

Sports Leaders Level 1 course is a national qualification recognised by all schools and colleges. At Test Valley School Year 10 pupils are selected for the course and complete it during their Year 10 core PE lessons with extra opportunities available in and out of school hours. It mainly consists of working with our local cluster of primary schools and involves organising and running various sporting events and competitions. Leaders gain experience in organisation and communication skills as well as developing their basic sporting knowledge. It is Leadership through Sport and can be used as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Louisa Hiscock (Headteacher) commented ‘this is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to become involved and work with local primary school pupils. They learn so much from it themselves as well as providing some wonderful experiences for the younger pupils to take part in and enjoy’.

Pupil Saves a Hedgehog!

HedgehogPisces, as he was immediately named, the hedgehog was rescued from the school pool by a brave pupil last week. After an opportunity to recover and dry off in the Science department Pisces was released safely back into the wild next to a large pile of leaves and twigs.

‘Stomp’ in the Classroom with Year 7

Stomp in the Classroom with Year 7In Music lessons Year 7 pupils have been learning about ‘Musical Elements’ and are applying this new vocabulary to developing and improving classroom ‘Stomp’ pieces in small groups. Stomp are a world-renowned musical group who make musical performances using everyday objects and incorporating drama. The class watched a clip of Stomp’s ‘Kitchen’ performance in which they create an exciting and energetic percussion piece using kitchen equipment. The pupils were then set the challenge of creating their own pieces within a classroom setting using everyday classroom equipment and body percussion, focusing on rhythm, texture, structure and dynamics to create an exciting performance.


Congratulations to Oliver Harper-Adams in Year 11 who has become the 2018 Hampshire Junior Champion in the CPSA Accredited and international FITASC Compact Sporting shooting discipline held in West Sussex in September. This is an excellent achievement and certainly shows ’pursuit of personal excellence’. Well done Oliver!


GCSE Textiles and Designs Soar Above National GCSE Average

TextilesMrs Cross (Subject Leader for Food and Textiles) is delighted to report that 100% of Test Valley School pupils passed their Textiles and Designs GCSE with 85% achieving grades of A* – C, which is well above the national average of 74%.

The ‘Big’ Questions

In Religious Studies Year 8 have been studying the ‘big’ questions in life. They started off by sharing their ideas as a class on seven big questions. These included ‘What happens when we die?’, ‘Does God exist?’ and ‘Is world peace possible?’ Pupils then chose one of the questions to study further and working in pairs created a presentation to the rest of the class. The presentations looked at the questions from multiple points of view and raised more questions than they answered, these will become topics for further debate. After each presentation the class peer assessed each one by offering discussing what went well and  how each could be even better if.