Testbourne Community School

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About Testbourne Community School

Name Testbourne Community School
Website http://www.testbourne.school
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Jon Beck
Address Micheldever Road, Whitchurch, RG28 7JF
Phone Number 01256892061
Phase Secondary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 932
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are supported to be confident and articulate. They embrace the school's value of personal integrity, building a sense of responsibility for their own choices and their learning. Pupils benefit from a broad curriculum that develops their understanding of the world around them.

High expectations are set for what they can achieve. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The individual needs of these pupils are known and met.

The school is a calm and purposeful environment. Pupils feel safe and most behave very well. They are respectful of each other and have warm relationships with staff.

Pupils' voices are heard. T...hey make a strong contribution to the school's focus on creating a culture of equality. Pupils are understanding of and value diversity.

They are not concerned about bullying and know that discrimination is never tolerated.

Character education is highly valued. Pupils develop their leadership qualities in a range of democratically elected roles.

They feel empowered by the motivational speakers who often visit the school. An extensive range of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities are provided. Many pupils benefit from the mix of sporting, academic, musical and creative activities.

A large number of pupils are enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, developing self-esteem through completion of the programme.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has carefully crafted a highly ambitious curriculum through which pupils learn a wide range of subjects. Engaging and interesting topics are taught across all areas that ignite a passion for learning.

The precise knowledge that pupils need to learn is identified and builds systematically over time. In a small number of subjects, leaders are still fine-tuning how consistently well the curriculum is implemented. Some teachers do not always adapt or check on pupils' learning precisely enough.

This means some pupils do not learn as much as they could and therefore do not always achieve highly.

One-page profiles accurately identify to staff the additional help that pupils with SEND need to aide their learning. Teachers implement these strategies effectively within lessons, paying close attention to the tailored support each pupil requires.

The school's 'learning coaches' provide skilled assistance and motivation to identified pupils to help them learn. The school is continuing to improve communication with parents of pupils with SEND so that they are kept informed of the support in place.

Pupils achieve well at this school.

Teachers are knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach. They present new information clearly and logically. Teachers help pupils to practise recalling previous learning.

Assessments take place regularly, with pupils knowing what they need to do to improve. This helps develop an ever-increasing depth of understanding. Reading is prioritised, with close attention given to developing pupils' vocabulary across the curriculum.

Those pupils who struggle with literacy get the extra support they need, including from the school's 'reading buddies'.

Pupils attend school well. They line up promptly and sensibly for their assemblies at the start of the day.

In lessons, most pupils focus diligently on their work and disruption is rare. There are rewards and sanctions in place to support positive behaviour. However, these are not always applied consistently.

When this happens, some pupils are not as engaged in lessons and therefore do not learn as much as they could.

The school provides a thoughtful and well-considered personal development programme. Pupils learn valuable lessons for future life, such as how to protect their personal information and stay safe when online.

Strong links exist with the local community. Many pupils take on voluntary roles, experiencing the world of work while helping those less fortunate than themselves. Pupils receive high-quality careers guidance.

They benefit from regular assemblies and careers days to inform them of future opportunities. Pupils with SEND get specific help to make informed choices about their next steps.

Governors have a good understanding of the school.

They work well with the strong and dedicated headteacher, and with the highly capable leadership team. Leaders provide support to a professional and committed staff body who hold high aspirations for all pupils. Staff benefit from carefully targeted training.

A comprehensive professional development programme provides frequent opportunities for staff to share best practice and improve their teaching knowledge to help pupils achieve. Workload is managed effectively, to ensure that time is spent focusing on the well-known school improvement priorities.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, some teachers do not always adapt the curriculum sufficiently. When this happens, some pupils do not learn as much as they could and do not achieve highly. The school should continue to ensure that all staff are able to confidently adapt the curriculum to the needs of individual pupils and check their understanding systematically.

• A small number of pupils do not always focus on their learning as well as they should. In addition, the school's behaviour system is not always applied consistently by staff. The school needs to ensure that the behaviour system is well known by all and implemented as intended.

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