Weekly Blog

24th June – 28th June

Year 10 Geography Visit to Hengistbury Head

Year 10 Geographers visited Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch in Dorset, as part of their GCSE course.  The relatively new exam arrangements mean that the pupils will sit a fieldwork exam at the end of Year 11 and so this visit was vital preparation for them.

There were two themes to the visit.  Firstly, pupils assessed how sustainable the use of Hengistbury Head is.  Further, they examined the residential areas around the headland to see how sustainable the community is.  The fact that there are beach huts at Mudeford Spit that cost over £250,000 each suggests that the area is not necessarily open and available to all.

Secondly, pupils practised using qualitative surveys.  These are surveys based on their judgements and they examined the impact of various coastal protection measures on the visual appearance of the landscape.

We were blessed with superb weather (only 1 okta of cloud) and pupils experienced the cooling effect of the sea breeze, which took the temperature down to a very pleasant 25°C. 

Pupils will now complete their write-ups by presenting their findings, drawing conclusions and suggesting improvements that could be made to the survey techniques.

Test Valley School Prom

Botley Grange Hotel provided a fantastic venue for the Year 11 prom.

The event was attended by most Year 11 pupils and very well supported by members of staff.  Pupils arrived in an assortment of vehicles, including a dancing Tesla and a mirrored Mercedes!

Pupils enjoyed a generous buffet and danced the night away, packing out the dance floor with some amazing dance moves.

This year’s Prom King and Queen were Henry King and Mabel Piggott-White.  We wish all our Year 11 Leavers a well-deserved summer break and all the best for their future studies and careers.

Annual Flower Festival

Test Valley School took part in the Annual Flower Festival, held at St. Peter’s Church, Stockbridge.  This year’s theme was ‘Countries’, so we chose a traditional English country garden as our theme.

Mrs Gleeson, with the help of some Year 10 pupils, made the planting boxes which were then painted by Mrs Hardy and a Year 10 pupil.

Perennial flowers, commonly found in an English garden, were used to fill the planting boxes and information on the medicinal benefits of many flowers was displayed. Mrs Richardson provided the background image of a cottage and flower borders to accompany the display.