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Testbourne Response to Department for Education KS4 Consultation

The department for Education has recently carried out a consultation about their proposals for radical change at KS4. To read Testbourne's response click here.



Testbourne Rugby Team Triumph Over Test Valley

Testbourne Year 11 rugby team played a hard-fought game against Test Valley on Thursday night. The 18-man squad was greeted onto the pitch by a biting wind but immediately set to their game plan with a try inside the first 5 seconds! The kick-off was caught by Tom Gough who ran over 40 metres to touch down a try, which Conor Norris converted for a 7-0 lead. The remainder of the half was much harder; however Testbourne managed to capitalise on their early score going to half time with a 14-0 lead.

The second half was littered with handling errors and some indiscipline by both teams and Test Valley were first to take advantage. reducing the deficit to 14-7. Testbourne were not to be outdone and a breakaway try, from a loose ball, by Eliot Kerr saw Testbourne reach an unassailable lead, the game finishing 24-14 to Testbourne.

Well done to the team and thanks to Mr Pym who assisted with transport and refreshments.


Chelsea Fringe

Award-winning garden designer, Joanna Kent, is working with a group of students on a new project due to take place as part of the Chelsea Fringe this summer – and it’s set to be wheely good…

The project, sponsored by local listings website, and involves a group of students from Testbourne Community School, who will be planting their floral designs into wheelbarrows as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival - a brand new London-wide festival of flowers, gardens and gardening timed to coincide with the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Wheelbarrow design

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Laverstoke Park Farm Recipes

Testbourne students and staff were privileged to be part of the official opening of the Laverstoke Park Farm Education Centre on Monday, 6th February. A group of 10 Food Technology and Health & Social Care students cooked a dish fit for a Princess – literally – with HRH Princess Anne tasting their carefully prepared dishes. Cooking royalty, Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffman, were also there to sample the delicious food and test their knowledge. But, it didn‟t stop there! Five of our Land Applications students (in ironed overalls and polished boots) assisted Princess Anne in planting a cherry tree – to mark the Queen‟s Diamond Jubilee, exactly 60 years to the day after the death of King George VI and the Queen‟s accession to the throne.

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Testbourne has a long-standing link with Laverstoke Park Farm, since we first began sending a small group of students there six years ago to follow an NVQ Land Applications course, as part of a pioneering partnership between Laverstoke, Sparsholt College and Testbourne. Since then around 50 students have successfully followed the course, with several going on to follow land-based courses at Sparsholt. One student is now a trainee Farm Manager at Laverstoke. We were delighted to be invited to the opening of the Education Centre and Cookery School – which have grown from very modest beginnings to a really successful venture thanks to the vision and determination of Clare Scheckter, who is also a Testbourne Governor. The invitation caused excitement and the students did us proud: those in the Cookery School worked hard with a professional chef to create a superb 3-course meal from Laverstoke‟s organic and biodynamic produce, ably assisted by Mrs Cole and Mrs Beasley. The menu is shown below and we will be putting the recipes on the news section of our website Members of the Land Apps group, who had already preplanted the tree during their previous Friday session, were equally impressive, assisting Princess Anne with the shoveling of the last few spadesful of soil. As one of the lads said after, “I won‟t lie to you Miss; that was a bit scary!” Princess Anne and the famous chefs spoke up close to our students who were able to explain about their cooking and about their work on the farm as part of their Land Apps course. You can still catch them on iplayer on South Today! It was certainly a proud and memorable day for us all.

To download a copy of the Laverstoke Park Farm recipes prepared by Testbourne pupils at the opening of the Education Centre by HRH The Princess Royal on Monday 6th February 2012, please click here and for the Queen of Puddings recipe.

Congratulations to Ex Pupil

Congratulations to Chris Miller, who left us in July 2009, who has just completed a heroic challenge- cycling from Whitchurch to Ben Nevis, climbing it and cycling back again. Chris cycled nearly 1500 miles and has so far raised over £6000 towards a new Youth Centre in Whitchurch. He is a real inspiration to current students who he came and spoke to in assembly before he left.