Testwood Sports College on the up after inspection

Rosie Randall and Robin Shepherd model the uniform with head teacher Jenny Pitman

Rosie Randall and Robin Shepherd model the uniform with head teacher Jenny Pitman

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

GOVERNMENT inspectors have said that a failing Hampshire school is beginning to improve following a recent inspection.

Testwood Sports College had been threatened with having governors appointed for them, after their performance was branded “unacceptably low” by school’s minister Lord Nash.

However, following their latest monitoring inspection, school leaders have been told that the changes they are making are having a positive impact.

The latest Ofsted report says that “reasonable progress” is being made towards coming out of special measures.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the Testwood Lane school was given the lowest possible rating after an inspection last November.

That was compounded when a follow-up visit concluded that not enough progress was being made.

The then head teacher Ian Appleton, who was due to retire at the end of this academic year, stepped down and was replaced by Jenny Pitman.

Since her appointment the inspectors said rapid improvement has followed.

Speaking to the Echo, Mrs Pitman said: “I am very positive about the direction Testwood is moving in. The latest monitoring report had some good comments for us and shows we are moving in the right direction.”

In the report inspectors praised the better quality of teaching and behaviour of students.

They also welcomed the recent partnership with Arnewood School, rated outstanding by Ofsted, to which Testwood has paid £4,500 for coaching and support work.

Testwood has also worked closely with Wildern School to raise standards in English.

As a result of the latest inspection, the school is once again able to appoint newly qualified teachers – a sanction that is imposed on schools in special measures.

The school is also introducing a new uniform and have reverted back to the traditional school emblem to form the badge that will appear on tops and newly-introduced blazers.

Mrs Pitman said: “We have introduced the uniform following a survey of pupils and parents, and it has largely been well-received.

“In the same way Saints have reverted back to their traditional stripes, so are we going back to our original Testwood emblem.”

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1:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

solomum says...

Well done to the Mrs Pitman, all the staff and the pupils of Testwood. You will become a school to be proud of.
Well done to the Mrs Pitman, all the staff and the pupils of Testwood. You will become a school to be proud of. solomum
  • Score: -1

2:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bgb123 says...

It's good to see improvement in education but is it really necessary to heap more cost on to parents with the introduction of blazers. 26 people out 700 said yes to blazers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! Have a proper vote where every parent can be balloted instead of a well hidden questionnaire
It's good to see improvement in education but is it really necessary to heap more cost on to parents with the introduction of blazers. 26 people out 700 said yes to blazers!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! Have a proper vote where every parent can be balloted instead of a well hidden questionnaire bgb123
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Thu 24 Jul 14

S Pance says...

as it says, most parents/pupils were FOR this traditional look. if you didn't bother to vote you have no one to blame but yourselves.

with regards cost, a suitable blazer can be bought for under twenty quid and a sew on badge for four. far cheaper than jumpers when you consider a blazer lasts for many years and jumpers 18 moths at the most. parents will actually SAVE money.

we;ll done mrs pitman for listening and well done for putting the school back on track!
as it says, most parents/pupils were FOR this traditional look. if you didn't bother to vote you have no one to blame but yourselves. with regards cost, a suitable blazer can be bought for under twenty quid and a sew on badge for four. far cheaper than jumpers when you consider a blazer lasts for many years and jumpers 18 moths at the most. parents will actually SAVE money. we;ll done mrs pitman for listening and well done for putting the school back on track! S Pance
  • Score: -2

7:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Kmorsey says...

For the record you will find that out of 724 pupils (According to Offsted)

26 parents said Yes
31 Said they were concerned or worried
12 said No

So that only 3.6% of parents that fully supported

4.3% Worried or Concerned

1.7% Said No

Hardly a majority

The figures for the student vote have not been published but do you really think that the majority of 11 to 16 year olds voted in favour of wearing a Blazer to school every day.

Somehow I doubt it.
For the record you will find that out of 724 pupils (According to Offsted) 26 parents said Yes 31 Said they were concerned or worried 12 said No So that only 3.6% of parents that fully supported 4.3% Worried or Concerned 1.7% Said No Hardly a majority The figures for the student vote have not been published but do you really think that the majority of 11 to 16 year olds voted in favour of wearing a Blazer to school every day. Somehow I doubt it. Kmorsey
  • Score: 6

8:18am Fri 25 Jul 14

bgb123 says...

I done the survey, it was difficult to find on line and not everyone uses parent mail . Have a proper ballot with paper votes coming home. As for saving money £29 for a blazer which they will grow out of just like a £12 jumper
I done the survey, it was difficult to find on line and not everyone uses parent mail . Have a proper ballot with paper votes coming home. As for saving money £29 for a blazer which they will grow out of just like a £12 jumper bgb123
  • Score: 4

9:48am Fri 25 Jul 14

hihosilver says...

2 text's, 2 e-mails and a letter home is plenty enough for parents to vote. My son voted in favour of a blazer for the fact its easier to remove and as its open fronted it will be cooler than a jumper in the hot weather. A £10-15 blazer from Asda and badge from the school is hardly breaking the bank, buy a bigger size if your worried about it being outgrown. I would rather pay £20 for 2 - 3 years use than £16 every year. Our parents managed when times were tough, why cant we.
2 text's, 2 e-mails and a letter home is plenty enough for parents to vote. My son voted in favour of a blazer for the fact its easier to remove and as its open fronted it will be cooler than a jumper in the hot weather. A £10-15 blazer from Asda and badge from the school is hardly breaking the bank, buy a bigger size if your worried about it being outgrown. I would rather pay £20 for 2 - 3 years use than £16 every year. Our parents managed when times were tough, why cant we. hihosilver
  • Score: 0

10:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

Amberx01 says...

If students have to wear uniform maybe teachers should were suits or the same uniform instead of jeans or everyday wear x
If students have to wear uniform maybe teachers should were suits or the same uniform instead of jeans or everyday wear x Amberx01
  • Score: 4

9:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

S Pance says...

good teachers will set a standard of dress for pupils to follow. bad ones usually don't bother
good teachers will set a standard of dress for pupils to follow. bad ones usually don't bother S Pance
  • Score: 3

7:57pm Sat 26 Jul 14

S Pance says...

This contradicts with what the Department of Education thinks, they have just sent Testwood a Pre-warning letter:

http://tinyurl.com/l
7ge4sg

It's only a small step until the school gets an official warning then they'll look at closing the place if improvements aren't made.

Time to support the school, guys!
This contradicts with what the Department of Education thinks, they have just sent Testwood a Pre-warning letter: http://tinyurl.com/l 7ge4sg It's only a small step until the school gets an official warning then they'll look at closing the place if improvements aren't made. Time to support the school, guys! S Pance
  • Score: 0

7:57pm Sat 26 Jul 14

S Pance says...

This contradicts with what the Department of Education thinks, they have just sent Testwood a Pre-warning letter:

http://tinyurl.com/l
7ge4sg

It's only a small step until the school gets an official warning then they'll look at closing the place if improvements aren't made.

Time to support the school, guys!
This contradicts with what the Department of Education thinks, they have just sent Testwood a Pre-warning letter: http://tinyurl.com/l 7ge4sg It's only a small step until the school gets an official warning then they'll look at closing the place if improvements aren't made. Time to support the school, guys! S Pance
  • Score: 0

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