Testwood Sports College

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Testwood Sports College
Testwood Sports College, Totton - geograph.org.uk - 488710.jpg
Motto Learning to Succeed
Type Academy
Headteacher Mrs J.A. Pitman
Location Totton

SO40 3ZW
Coordinates: 50°51′43″N 1°25′52″W / 50.862°N 1.431°W / 50.862; -1.431
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 137315 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 895[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Website www.testwood.hants.sch.uk

Testwood Sports College is a secondary school with academy status located in the town of Totton and Eling. The school was built in the late 1930s, but was delayed opening due to World War II. The school takes pupils between 11 and 16,[1] but holds adult skills classes as well after school hours. Testwood bases its organisation on Tutor groups. Each has its own tutor and is part of a house system. The houses are Bedivere, Lancelot, Galahad and Excalibur.


Testwood School[edit]

Testwood School originally opened in 1946 as a secondary school, and became a comprehensive school in 1969. The school is formed of the original building alongside other extensions added throughout the years. Major extensions were added in recent years including the Sports Hall, an extension to the science block and Library in 1997 and a further extension containing more science laboratories and ICT rooms opened in 2001.

Sports College status[edit]

In 2004, the school was given the special status of Sports college. With this new status, the astroturf was built, and a whole change of school image took place. The logo was changed, as was the uniform. With the specialist status, many in the local community use the facilities here and has become well known in the community. Since the status, improvements have been made to the sports facilities including refurbishment of the changing facilities, and an extension to the sports hall.[2] Since becoming a sports college, the school has been the hub of the New Forest School Sports Partnership,[3] which encourages and supports sports in the local community through the feeder schools, and through the Dreams and Teams[4] project working with the school, Serokolo High School. The NFSSP has its main base at Testwood, and another base at the other local sports college, Noadswood School. The schools status as a sports college was obtained as to increase the grant money that the school received.

Academy status[edit]

In late 2011, the school applied for Academy status which was granted in Autumn 2011.[5]


In February 2014 Testwood received a judgment of "Inadequate" from Ofsted and was placed in special measures.[6] In June 2014 the Governing Body of the school was sent a pre-warning letter by Lord Nash of the Department of Education advising them that standards are seen as "unacceptably low" by the Secretary of State.[7] Since the Ofsted report Mr I Appleton was replaced in May 2014 by Mrs J.A Pitman, since she has arrived there have been changes to the uniform, to back what it used to be and more positive changes around the school. In July 2015, Testwood Sports College received a good rating from Ofsted,[8] and the school is now longer in special measures.

School facilities[edit]

The School has a synthetic turf pitch; a recently refurbished Sports Hall; an 18-acre (73,000 m2) field including 2 adult and 2 junior football pitches and a rugby pitch; tennis courts; outdoor Basket Ball hoops; a Gymnasium; fitness studio and 2 drama/dance studios. The school also has 35 general purpose teaching rooms; 9 science laboratories; a music suite; 6 purpose built Technology rooms; 3 Art rooms; 6 ICT suites and a Learning Resource Centre. The LRC spans 450 square meters and was one of the best school libraries in the country when opened. It contains 60 computers alongside the collection of books.[9][10][11]

School structure[edit]

Pupils usually come to Testwood from the three main feeder schools, Abbotswood Junior School, Calmore Junior School and Oakfield Primary School. In Year 6, they are told about Testwood from visits to the school by the Deputy Headteacher and a team of prefects. They are then encouraged to attend the open evening soon after. The students will also have an Induction day in July for them to experience life on timetable. They will then proceed through the years. They are in Key Stage 3 until Year 9. In Year 9, the pupils will choose their GCSE options, and will start their courses late in Year 9. School finishes in Year 11 with final exams, and the Prom. Applications for School Prefect occur during Year 10, and duties continue until the final exams in Year 11. There are also positions of Lead Student and Lead Learner. Two Lead Students per year group serve on the school council along with the Head Boy and Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Girl. The Lead Learners, two of which per year group are appointed, report back to the Head of Department and help to improve the quality of lessons.[12]

Testwood and the community[edit]

Testwood is well known in the local community. Many young children at the various feeder schools usually receive visits from students at Testwood in their PE lessons, and some use the sports facilities in special sports taster days. The school is twinned with a South African school, Serokolo High School.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Testwood Sports College". Department for Education. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "General Information". Sports College. Testwood Sports College. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ New Forest School Sports Partnership
  4. ^ Dreams and Teams
  5. ^ "Testwood Sports College". Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Davies, Sian (14 February 2014). "'Inadequate' Testwood Sports College placed in special measures". Southern Daily Echo. 
  7. ^ "Pre Warning letter". Department of Education. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Ofsted good rating
  9. ^ "Learn More about Testwood". Testwood Sports College. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sports Facilities". Testwood Sports College. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Library". Testwood Sports College. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "School Prospectus". Testwood Sports College. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 

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