GCSE Exam Results!

Top 5 in HANTS


74% 5 A*-C

including English and Maths


Award Winning young coders inspired to build the future

Summer 2014

  Josh & James pictured above with Festival of Code judge Bill Liao of CoderDojo.


The 'Festival of Code', a national event aimed at encouraging young people to make software, recently brought together more than 1,000 coders aged 19 and under.  The event was organised by non-profit organisation Young Rewired State.  The 'Best in Show' award was won by a team of six pupils including James McQueen and Josh de Kock from Toynbee School.  Their entry, called YouDraw, is a crowd-sourced video animation platform which allows users to submit a YouTube video for animating by community members, with random frames to draw.  WELL DONE to Josh & James for developing this exciting animation code.  Great things beckon for the future!


First Day at Toynbee!

Year 7s settling in well over lunch in the new canteen




NEW Student Leadership Team elected!

After a gruelling round of applications by letter, presentations to their year group and a final interview with the Headteacher's Panel we are delighted to announce that we now have a new Student Leadership Team who will be leading the pupil community next academic year.  CONGRATULATIONS!


Year 10 Geography in ITALY

16 - 20 July


Year 10 geographers in Pompeii experiencing the devastation of the 79AD eruption of Vesuvius. Pupils were perfectly behaved and they impressed every Italian that worked with us including the waiters, coach drivers, hotel staff and trip rep.  We visited Solfatara volcano, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Almafi, Ravello, Sorrento and Vesuvius. The geography department look forward to visiting Italy with next year's year 10. Miss Falcon


Year 7 in PARIS

18-21 July


"We have seen so much of Paris and have been having a fantastic experience!  Even some snail tasting! The students' behaviour has been exemplary and they really have been embracing the French culture." Mrs Kelly




OSMINGTON Residential

14 - 16 July

Some year 8 and 9 students were lucky enough to attend a reward trip to PGL Osmington Bay for a couple of days of outdoor activities. They all had a fab time! 


Full House at the



We would like to congratulate all the pupils involved in our stunning Music Concert this evening. It was superbly organised and the students were exceptional. There was barely a spare seat in the theatre and the students really did themselves and Toynbee proud.


Year 8 Poets Published!


A HUGE WELL DONE to our Year 8 poets who have recently had their work published in an anthology called 'The Poetry Games'.  Students sent in their work on a range of topics inspired by their school life and the natural world around them and were delighted to be chosen for this anthology of work.


Toynbee PROM 2014



Children's University

is coming to Toynbee!


Toynbee school are very excited to join the Hampshire Children's University (CU), a national organisation aimed at children aged 7-14, with volunteering opportunities for older learners. CU recognises and accredits high quality learning experiences that take place in ‘Learning Destinations’ out of school hours and when a child is learning voluntarily. It’s a great organisation and is specifically focused on rewarding participation and encouraging engagement in extra-curricular activities. The school will launch this fantastic opportunity to parents and students in September, please take some time to have a look at their website to find out more. http://www.newforestcu.co.uk



Dansez en Francais


Year 9 students studying French had their lessons brought to life today with a dance workshop delivered in French as they learnt to salsa!


Holocaust Survivor Visits Year 9

Toynbee were delighted to welcome Walter Kammerling to the school to meet and talk to Year 9 pupils about his experiences as a Jewish teenager living in Nazi-occupied Europe.  Walter was one of the Kindertransport children who gained refuge in England and he has remained here since.  His personal story was shared with all of year 9 and the pupils showed great respect to him, with pupils personally coming to thank him for his visit.


On Wednesday 2nd July, Year 5 pupils from some of Toynbee’s feeder Primary Schools were welcomed to our Languages Department for the day. The theme was ‘TWO languages in one day’ and the pupils had intensive sessions in Spanish and French, helped along by the wonderful Year 9 Toynbee Language Leaders. Great fun was had by all and by the end of the day the pupils were able to order food from a snack bar in two different languages!





Last week three History ambassadors from Years 10 & 11 led a wonderful series of masterclass lessons at Shakespeare School for Years 3 & 6.  The lessons were well received by the younger pupils who worked so much enthusiasm on the materials that their normal class teacher said that if OFSTED had been inspecting that the pupils would have been classed as outstanding as her class had made so much progress. 




to our National Boccia Champion


One of our Year 9 VI pupils travelled to Nottingham yesterday to compete in the National Boccia Championships and after a closely fought final managed to sweep all other contenders aside to become the National BOCCIA Champ and owner of the biggest medal we've seen for a while!  WELL DONE.



For 3 nights at the end of June, Toynbee Theatre was transformed into “East High”, the setting for Disney’s fantastic production: “High School Musical”.  This was the culmination of 9 months hard work by the cast, and we are thrilled to say that the result was OUTSTANDING. All the pupils acted and sang their hearts out. During the finale, there were many tears shed as pupils realised it was all over, but also a few tears of happiness from the audience!

Everyone did extremely well, but a special mention must go to Prince Mafunga and Aimee Bullis, who took on the lead roles of Troy and Gabriella with skill and pizazz. We think two stars have been born!

We are very proud of you all, and hope that the show will be one of your most treasured memories from Toynbee. Mrs Azor, Miss Parrott & Mrs Riddell

Year 7 Awards Evening

Well Done to the Year 7s who received an award at the ceremony on Monday evening.  You have all made the most of the opportunites at Toynbee in your first year here and shown real talent and a 'Personal Best' attitude.


Primary Links Science


On Thursday 19th June, six of Toynbee’s Science Leaders went to Fryern School to demo some enthusing science experiments.  Our pupils delivered an exciting assembly to Year 5s that 'showed off' science  using luminous chemicals, dry ice, indicators, static electricity, hydrogen balloons and the 'whoosh' bottle!  Before they left the Science leaders set up a project which Year 5s will carry out over the next few weeks. 

Primary Links G&T History Day


To commemorate the First World War, local Primary schools were invited to attend a Year 5 History Day.  Fryern, Nightingale, Shakespeare and St Francis, all arrived with enthusiasm and excitement, and became quickly engaged learning about some of the individuals that are remembered on the Chandlers Ford Memorial at St Boniface Church.  The pupils investigated where the soldiers originally lived and then followed their journey by tracing where they died and the battles that took place in that area.  Fryern even found the original papers of one soldier!  It was a great day and Toynbee staff were thoroughly impressed by the personal best shown by the year 5 pupils.  Many thanks to the schools involved and the History leaders that supported the sessions.



who have raised £918.24 for LEPRA

with their Street Dance Performances on PDL Day


STEM Technology Visit Year 8

23 June

Nine year 8 pupils travelled up to London to participate in getting women into engineering based jobs. The day was provided by EDT, a company which promotes STEM, representing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Our first speech was by the Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf who explained the opportunities which STEM can provide to women and the various job options which exist that include qualifications in STEM working. Woolf is the 686th Lord Mayor of London, however she is only the second woman to be the Lord Mayor of London. She is a British Lawyer who also handles the UK’s financial and business services.

We listened to motivational speeches from women for whom STEM has resulted in them succeeding in dream jobs; one was a music producer working with artists like Bjork; another was someone working on the design of London’s tallest building; The Shard. The speech that stuck out most was from a young lady called Jessica who was very inspiring. She spoke to us about following our hopes for the future and how we can get there with physics and mathematics as well as self-belief and not allowing out gender to contribute negatively to getting to the place we want to be.

After our activity filled morning, we climbed to the top of the Tower of London and looked down on the vast city before us. It was breath-taking seeing the city from such a height, including a perfect view of The Shard which shone out of the vast numbers of tall buildings with its spectacular shape and size. After a warm dinner and rest, we ended our day and travelled home; tired and exhausted but with lots of fun and important memories which will impact on our future decisions.

Written by Year 8 STEM pupil

Wimbledon Trip 23 June


Yesterday a group of talented young PE students from Toynbee School visited the first day of the Wimbledon Championships as a reward for their commitment to school clubs and teams. Before play began, we visited Centre Court where we sat in the front row seats admiring the court before touring around the outside courts watching matches and soaking up the atmosphere. We then had some lunch on Murray Mound before taking up our seats in Court No. 1 for Victoria Azarenka, the amazingly talented Grigor Dimitrov, recent winner at Queen’s Club, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. We left at 8.30pm after a full day of tennis which we hope will inspire our pupils both in sports and in their academic work.   Mr Chant




who have raised £3,000!

Toynbee School's very active PTA is delighted to present a cheque for three thousand pounds to Headteacher Mr Matthew Longden.  The PTA have successfully organised a wide range of fund raising activities to raise money for the Sports hall cladding. With its face lift complete it is once again a fitting venue for the many award and presentation ceremonies which take place there.  All staff and pupils would like to thank the PTA for all the hard work on their behalf.


Year 8 Science Trip

to Natural History Museum, London

21 June


50 year 8 pupils enjoyed a trip to the National Natural History Museum on Friday. They started the day with a look at some woolly mammoths in the ice giants exhibition before being given a chance to explore the other exhibits and see what interesting facts they could learn!



Year 7 PDL (Personal Development Learning)


18 June 2014

Year 7 enjoyed a PDL day on the theme of health, which involved learning about the body and health eating as well as emotional health. All of year 7 made stress balls from balloons and rice, and were able to take part in a dance workshop for LEPRA.

There was an inspirational talk from James Ketchell, who is the only man to have cycled around the world, climbed Mt Everest, and he has also rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Students won prizes for their hard work looking at substance misuse, and also all went home with a goody bag packed full of information and some freebies.


G&T Boys Dance Workshop 17 June

Twenty pupils from year 8 and 9 took part in a boys dance project with professional artist and choreographer for Fuzzy Logic; Zoie Golding. They spent a whole day developing new skills, techniques and contact work, which were breathetaking to watch. As their confidence grew so did the level of difficulty and quality of performance. Zoie worked with the boys to create an intention based piece of dance, which will possibly be performed at the 'Berry Theatre' for the GCSE showcase in July. Hopefully some, if not all, of these pupils will continue the positive reputation of boys dance at Toynbee and even become future members of Zoie’s youth company Fuzzy Vision in September. It was lovely to spend an enjoyable, rewarding and creative day with such a positive atmosphere and outcome.

Winners in the National Maths Challenge

Well Done to these 3 Year 7 students who competed in the National Maths Challenge Competition and were awarded Gold level by Southampton University.  Lecturers at the university were extremely complimentary about the extraordinary standard and skill level shown by these pupils in the tough exam.  CONGRATULATIONS!


Successful Year 7 Parents Evening


Wonderful to see such excellent support from our Year 7 parents last night at the Parents Evening.  As well as receiving information on their son or daughter's academic progress, parents were able to collect information about the new catering company, peruse the Usborne Book display and watch a powerpoint of the superb first year that the pupils have enjoyed since joining Toynbee; richly packed with clubs, charity work, visits, residentials, homework projects and sporting achievements.  Well Done!




Our new catering contract with 'Catering Academy' is already delivering delicious tasty and healthy food to pupils this week.  Today on the menu is Roast Beef, Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes as well as freshly baked bacon baguettes and lots of other goodies.  The canteen is busier than ever and when the new furniture arrives the catering facelift will be complete. 


Berlin Trip - Years 8 & 9

News from abroad! Students are fantastic and enjoying all the walking!  Mr Law & Mrs Kelly


GCSE Drama Students raise funds for charity with their performance of 'Missing Dan Nolan'.

On Wednesday 21st May, one of our Year 10 GCSE Drama groups presented 'Missing Dan Nolan,' by Mark Wheeller.  The play tells the true story of a Hamble lad who went missing in 2002, and was later discovered to have died.  Twelve years on, hte truth surrounding dan's disappearance and death has still not been uncovered.


The class did a fantastic job of telling the story in a non-naturalistic style, and moved the audience to tears with their portrayal of the characters. I am very, very proud of them.

In performing the piece, the class and audience also raised £93 for www.missingpeople.org.uk , and we hope that this money will go towards helping other families like the Nolans. 

Mrs Azor



Well Done to Year 9 pupils who saw their work in print in a new book coming out called 'Twist in The Tale'. 

Pupils responded to a range of challenging stimuli to create their own compositions overseen by Head of English Dept Miss Clarke, who is delighted with "the success and talent" of her pupils.


Year 7 Gifted & Talented Pupils

@Southampton University 19 May


Southampton University hosted a Year 7 'Learn with Us' day which saw around 40 of our Gifted,Talented and Able Year 7 pupils taking part. The pupils took a tour of the campus, learnt about the multitude of courses available, what a typical university day involves and what clubs are available for pupils to attend. The pupils found the day inspiring and as places today were limited the information will be passed onto the rest of Year 7 during an assembly so that all pupils can benefit from this amazing opportunity.


WINNERS of the U13 Hants Football Cup 18 May

The girls won the cup after an excellent match fought against Perins team and a 2-1 victory!


'Britain's Got Talent' Star - Kai Widdrington

Returns to Toynbee



Year 8 Religious Studies trip to St Paul's Cathedral, London



English Dept - Globe Theatre Visit to see...

'Merchant of Venice'


27 pupils from Years 9 and 10 went to The Globe Theatre in London to see a performance of 'The Merchant of Venice.'

The performance was very lively with lots of emphasis on the comedy within the play.  The set, including a fully functioning hot tub, was designed to show how the wealthy characters lived in Belmot, while the scenes set in Venice had a much more minimalistic set.  As we entered the theatre, we were all given masks to wear so we could join in with the masked ball in Portia’s Palace.

The pupils were impeccably behaved, despite having to sit in the open air, on wooden benches, for the entire performance!  Many pupils commented on how they understood and enjoyed Shakespeare when they actually watched the performance. 

One year 9 pupil said “It was really quite good.  I didn’t know Shakespeare was so funny!”

Year 10 'Bright Futures' Workshop 1 May

The whole of Year 10 attended a special workshop designed to stretch personal aspirations, set personal targets and plan for a bright future.  Students listened to a range of motivational talks and were engaged in a number of challenges like the 'rollercoaster' one above taking place in the Sports Hall.  This day aimed to give our pupils a clear focus for the challenges of Year 11 next year.

Year 9 Hotel Challenge


What a fantastic day at Hedge End for the 2014 Hotel Challenge for 4 year 9 students who competed in the annual Hotel Challenge run by our Educational Business Partnership.  The students were absolute stars and positively represented the school throughout the day. They sailed through the first round of the competition and just lost out in the final to become runners up! They should be congratulated on their hard work and achievement.


Year 8 Artist in Residence


In preparation for Year 8’s third and final project of the year, Chris Brock a freelance model maker came into school to share his exciting portfolio with the whole year group and a lucky 35 pupils were asked to take part in a workshop to learn how to make model animation characters. Chris has worked on models for a number of companies including Aardman Animations and has been part of a team involved in making models for Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit.

Pupils were asked to design their own characters, make their models and have a go at creating a short animated clip of their character.  5 pupils from each tutor group were selected and will now be responsible for teaching the model making skills learnt in the workshop to the rest of the class over the coming weeks.


FARADAY 'Chemistry' CHALLENGE for Toynbee Science Leaders

@Southampton University - 2 April

The day consisted of two sessions: a Forensic Challenge followed by a Chemistry Challenge.

Pupils were judged by a panel of four judges and they all achieved a range of A* to B grades.

Here are some comments from the judges:


“Team noticeably grew in confidence over the course of the day. Tried hard to find answers to problems and finished the task well.”


“Good planning of task and swapped roles well. Well organised notes/results. Were able to think through and answer questions about the underlying chemistry.”


“Quickly determined how to identify the acids, bases and indicator. Team worked well together and used good logic to reach their answers/conclusions.”


Our pupils were stretched beyond limits as both challenges were picked from the Triple Science GSCE syllabus. WELL DONE to all involved.


Toynbee VI students visit Radio Station

Two of our VI students were lucky enough to have a one-to-one with radio presenter David Shervill. The two pupils attended a jingle production workshop and have made their own jingle which will be used on future Toynbee Radio shows.


Year 11 Easter Revision...

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Southampton University


Fourteen year 10 Toynbee pupils were invited to attend an enthusing Chemistry lecture given by Dr Stephen Ashworth from the University of East Anglia. Dr Ashworth is an internationally renowned speaker, known for his enthusiastic and passionate promotion of the chemical sciences. 


The talk was titled ‘Kitchen Chemistry’ and focused on the surprising range of chemistry that can be found in the kitchen cupboard. Chemistry and chemicals are all around us. Chemists have to alter, analyse and adapt these chemicals to meet a range of challenges. In this show Dr Stephen H. Ashworth showed how this can be done using materials that are readily available from the supermarket, pharmacy and hardware store.


The lecture was aimed strictly at pupils who consider taking Chemistry at A level.



'Cook it for Cricket' Competition 28 March


Congratulations to one of Year 10 pupils who won a catering competition at the Aegeus Bowl. She had to devise a main course dish for the cricketers that met healthy eating guidelines, was not too heavy but showed an understanding of balancing ingredients and nutrition.


Yr 11 Revision Sessions

are in full swing! 

As Year 11 approach their final months of school, revision sessions and masterclasses have been scheduled for the full range of subjects,  Some of these, such as Maths, Art & English will take place over the Easter holiday too - please check our Google calendar opposite for dates and times of sessions.




The team were 3-1 down to Crofton at half time but fought back to 3-3.  Crofton then went 4-3 up only for Toynbee to come back yet again and record a thrilling 6-4 victory. A fitting reward for a team that have been superb throughout their time at Toynbee. 

Yr 7 Gifted & Talented Residential

Isle of Wight


17 of our ‘Gifted and Talented’ pupils attend a 3 day residential at Kingswood Activity Centre on the Isle of Wight. We were extremely fortunate to have a warm sunny day to see us off and upon arrival the pupils were straight into their activities. Over the three days pupils engaged in a varied programme focussing on problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and physical and mental challenges. The ‘leap of faith’ was very popular amongst the pupils and it was great to see them challenging themselves by going beyond their comfort zone, especially in such unusual foggy conditions. It was also interesting the see the leaders that emerged from some of the problem-solving tasks and the compassion that pupils showed to each other when they needed moral support. The pupils were a real credit to the school and the staff commented many times about how talented the pupils were in many different situations including drama, sport and also in their creativity. I know the pupils found the residential exciting and challenging and I look forward to working with Year 7 again soon in the next academic challenge which is organised by Southampton University.

Mr Tudjman


Toynbee Radio is being re-launched and we would like you to meet the four students in charge.  These four have been learning the ropes ready to fulfil their roles as Radio Managers.  We will be inviting all Toynbee students interested in having their own lunchtime radio show to E6 on Thursday 3rd April.  We hope to see lots of new talent.

Yr 10 Media Trip to Warner Bros Studios

Yr 10 students visited 'The Making of Harry Potter Tour' where they had a chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed.  The day was fantastic, from breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics.  The studios provided a unique showcase of extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time.


On Friday 21st March 2014, Toynbee School took 12 pupils (including VI pupils) to the National Indoor Rowing Championships in London.  There were some amazing individual results and one Toynbee pupil came away as 8th in the UK. 

Everyone had a fantastic time and even met Gold Medal winning Olympian, Mark Hunter MBE



21 March 2014

"Superb visit to Toynbee School this morning.  Just a positive team doing what works and a Head leading the line."


Pupil Leaders raise over £1,000 for NAOMI HOUSE HOSPICE 21 March 2014


Year 11 Leaders of Charity Fundraising at Toynbee deliver a second cheque of £430 to Naomi House Hospice today, making a total of £1,097 raised for children with life limiting illnesses this term.  These pupils led assemblies, arranged for valentine cards to be sent to the children and raised awareness across the school for children's needs. A huge Well Done to everyone involved.


BOCCIA Championships March 2014

Toynbee VI students had a fabulous Boccia Southern Regional Heat, which produced three medal winners. These are now invited to the National Final in Nottingham  later this term. All those who took part showed great sportsmanship and it was a wonderful experience.


U15 Boys Handball Team

U13 Girls Football Team 

Both teams were undefeated and now go on to compete at the South of England Championships.




Students and staff celebrating WBD at Toynbee School 6 March 2014


Students have raised funds for Library books for children in Africa and had a full day of Reading activities.  Quizes, prizes for the best dressed characters, sponsored reading and competitions have made the day a great success



Have you chosen your costume yet for..?

World Book Day 6 March 2014

This year’s World Book Day is fast approaching and here at Toynbee we will again be celebrating a love of books, literacy and reading by asking pupils and staff to dress up as a favourite book character on the day. This year we will also have a voluntary donation of £1 if pupils wish to contribute to Book Aid International’s fantastic work to help send books to children in Africa.


Other exciting events will be taking place, including an extreme reading competition, a sponsored read for Year 7 & 8 pupils, a design a bookmark competition and literacy and reading-based lessons throughout the week.  All pupils will receive a £1 voucher which can be exchanged in book shops for one of the special edition 'World Book Day' books or they can put it towards payment for a book of their choice.  We will also be hosting an Usborne Book Fayre during the week commencing 17th March so that pupils can purchase books and use their £1 voucher towards the cost of these items.


'Science Live!' Visit Feb 2014

On Thursday 6th February, 30 year 9 pupils along with the Year 8 Science leaders attended an inspiring Live Science show at the New Theatre in Oxford.  The pupils were treated to inspiring talks from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering scientists. They talked about many fascinating issues, for example the use of cutting edge technology inspired by nature such as the Gecko tape. They even discussed the possibility of having a Big Brother show on the planet Mars!

The star of the show was Sir Robert Winston, the world famous professor of Genetics. He opened up the pupils’ eyes to some of the benefits the use of genetics can have on helping develop human kind.  The pupils were fantastic; they asked some interesting questions and were a credit to the school 

Art & Drama Cross Curricular Project

Year 8 Art students have recently completed a 5 week homework project where they had to research, design and make their own masks. Year 8 students have also been studying mime in their drama lessons so we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the two subjects together.

In Drama,students learnt about the rules of working with masks such as always facing forward and making the same facial expression under the mask. Students did some warm up activities using Trestle masks where they had to react to their partner’s expression. It was then time to use the masks they had created themselves. Based on the type of mask they had created for homework students worked in small groups to create simple storylines that could be acted out through mime. Students’ performances ranged from competing African tribes to Venetian balls! All performances were very enjoyable and it was great to see the masks coming to life on the stage. We hope this experience has allowed students to better understand the links between Art and Drama and how they could combine their skills for careers such as set design, prop design or theatrical costume making.

Humanities Tea Party - Yrs 8 & 9

We celebrated excellence in Humanities this week with a Tea Party for both Year 8 and Year 9. Squash and cake were provided in abundance as well as a pencil and a lucky prize draw. We were rewarding our pupils who are always giving their personal best.


Southampton University - Family Lectures

We are regularly sent tickets for the series of family lectures at the university and these have proved extremely popular for our G&T students. Read the report below from one of our Year 7 students.

Having never been to a lecture at a university I found it interesting to see what a university looks like. The lecture mainly focused on university level pupils and therefore there was some science terminology I didn't understand. Thankfully, I went with my Grandad who is a doctor and he was able to explain as we went along. The lecturer explained different chemical reactions and how we use so many different chemicals in our everyday lives. He performed an experiment using two different liquid chemicals; when they were mixed they became foam. Thank you for the opportunity to visit the university however, I think some of our experiments in class are just as exciting!

Year 11 Media GCSE Projects

Clay Animation filming

Working with macs and 'icananimate' software, students created their own short films, trailers, children's TV programmes as well as health and safety films for their GCSE Media Studies practical.  The range of ideas, concentration and creativity from our budding film-makers was amazing!  Good Luck in your theory exams.




Yr 11 Mock 'Result Day' Feb 2014

A very formal but informative assembly signalled the start of the countdown to GCSE exam success this summer for Year 11 recently when they took part in a mock 'Results Day' using the grades they achieved in the mocks before Christmas . Pupils were asked, 'How will you feel when you open the envelope?' 'Are you giving it your best shot?' 'Do you have a revision timetable?'  Do you prioritise?' 'What do you want to do when you leave Toynbee?' and ''Will these grades be good enough for me?'



Charity Fundraising

for Naomi House & Children in Need


Two Year 11 representatives from the Student Council who drive forward and organise key charity events in the school, presented the school cheque for £687 to Naomi House Hospice last week. This amount was raised by all pupils, through non-school uniform days, cake bakes, staff student basketball matches and raffles. The reps were so inspired by the work of the hospice who look after local children with life limiting illnesses, that they plan to do more events for Naomi House. This starts with the next non-school uniform day on Friday 14 Feb, where they have appealed for pupils to buy, & bring into school, a Valentine card with their own message inside to send to the young residents in the hospice. Pupils can leave their cards on reception where the reps will pick them up.


Another £600 was raised by the pupils of the school in November for 'Children in Need' and some of the funds raised on February 14 will also go to the Children of Chernobyl appeal. The reps hope that the children will be visiting Toynbee in the Summer term and plan to run other activities & appeals connected with this.



'Warning' through to Round 1-

'Battle of the Bands' 31 Jan

Three pupils are delighted to win a place for Round One of 'Battle of the Bands' being held at Mountbatten School on March 8th 2014.  The group, 'Warning' had to submit a demo tape to be selected to play live at the competition.  They welcome support from friends for the event to cheer them on. 

Year 8 G&T Pupils

Southampton University Jan 2014


Yesterday saw 25 of our Year 8 Gifted and Talented pupils attend a Southampton University Outreach day. Pupils were involved in three very different sessions which started off with a focus on poetry where they explored the difference between prose and poetry. They were joined by a pigeon during the lesson and the lecturer used a blackboard and chalk so two very unusual occurrences for the pupils!  

Pupils then attended a technology session which looked at current wearable technology: the good, the bad, even the ugly! Next they worked in groups to design and market their own wearable technology. Some of their ideas included a smart-watch that takes photos which then display on a t-shirt as ‘walking art’ and t-shirts with in-built speakers that display the sound-waves. Great ideas for when the weather gets warmer!

Finally, the pupils visited the 'Institute of Sound and Vibration' where they worked within the Audiology department. Pupils developed their skills in sign-language, investigated how to diagnose hearing problems in young-children without the use of computers and some brave pupils allowed ear-cam to investigate the health of their ear-drum and (ear-wax) for all to see and discuss. 

Needless to say the pupils enjoyed their taster-day and with their insightful questions, good manners and smart attire they were superb ambassadors for our school. We hope to return soon for another session on making wearable technology so ‘watch this space’.

Mr Tudjman - Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator



‘New Technologies Club’ continues this term on a Friday 3pm every week. This half term is based on the Arduino, with students learning how to program electronics with experts from BAE systems.  Last week, students learnt how to program LEDs to make a whole range of colours using code. Did you know that you could program an LED to create 16 million colours?  Josh in year 9, proved it was possible! … A great way to start learning programming through use of electronics.

If you would like to join in the fun, please see Mrs Wilkins for details.  KS4 students welcome for Electronic Controlled Assessment Support




As part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of WW1, Year 7 pupils created their own poppy; the iconic symbol of all that was lost, suffered and won.  They had the option of working with textiles or mixed media for the sculpture workshop.  Pupils explored the imagery, historical context and meaning of John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem and the importance of 2014 as the 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1. Pupils then spent the rest of the day creating these amazing poppies which will become part of a community art installation that will be hung in Romsey Abbey to mark this momentous occasion.


 Year 9 PDL Day- 'Careers' 13.1.14

'PDL' - Personal Development Learning


Year 9 students started an important part of a long journey on their careers today. Students attended sessions run by local colleges about the courses on offer and received presentations from the world of business such as accountancy, local government, sport and many others.  Part of the process was writing their own Cv.  They also had the opportunity to research careers that interested them and see what they needed to do and how they could get there. The final session of the day was a ‘Mission to Mars’ style activity where students had to apply to go to Mars and present their ideas to the class. This enabled them to show off what they had learnt during the day and also test their application skills. All in all a great success – as one student said ‘I had a great day and now I want to be an accountant!’    Miss Dickens


SKI TRIP 2013/14


On 27 December 49 Toynbee students had a very early wake up call for the 2013 ski trip. After a whole day of travelling we arrived at the resort of Hockhar in Austria and checked into our rooms and got our ski equipment. Five full on days of skiing followed with at least four hours a day in lessons by ability groups. There was an opportunity at the end of each day for free skiing guided by an instructor. Those that were not completely shattered took this opportunity and loved it.

Every evening there were activities put in place including swimming in an outdoor heated pool, a quiz extravaganza evening, and a torch lit walk on the snowy mountains. We were lucky enough to be away for New Year's Eve and had our Masquerade Ball in the hotel followed by fireworks outside at midnight. The final evening was Awards Night and also an opportunity to watch each ski group's antics in a video made by the instructors. This provided lots of entertainment for all of us.

All in all, this was a fantastic week skiing with a brilliant group of Toynbee students who were excellent ambassadors for the school. It was truly a pleasure to take them on the trip. Thank you all for being amazing, along with the accompanying staff members. Miss Dickens.


at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church

Following on from a very successful Carol Service for Age Concern, Toynbee celebrated the Christmas story with a rich and entertaining range of carols, readings and prayers. Watched by a packed church of parents, teachers and governors and with well over one hundred pupils in the choir, a talented band and wonderful group performances it was a wonderful celebration of the season.  Our thanks to Head of Music, Mrs Marchant and Miss Parrott who led the evening.


BOOKBUZZ in Year 7

There is great excitement amongst our Year 7 pupils and a real “Bookbuzz” around the school as each pupil has been given a new book to keep, read and enjoy. To encourage Year 7 with their reading, and to support our literacy focus on reading, the School (in conjunction with a donation from the PTA) have funded a FREE BOOK for every pupil in the year group, chosen from The Booktrust’s Bookbuzz Scheme.



To celebrate receiving their books, pupils are invited to take part in an extreme reading photo competition, with the best entries winning prizes.


Year 9 G&T Visit to Southampton University


Last Tuesday saw 14 of our Year 9 Gifted and Talented pupils attend a Southampton University Outreach day at Southampton General Hospital. The event was held in the Hospital’s new Life Lab Centre where pupils attended some exciting sessions in one of three faculties available on the day:

1.       Science and Engineering

2.       Humanities, Business and Law

3.       Medicine, Health, Social and Human Science

Pupils were involved in a wide range of activities that included:

·         the use of technology within archaeology to digitally re-construct artefacts. The pupils got hands-on and use some great apps on the available i-pads in order to create 3D objects

·         a lecture on Bio-Medical imaging and a practical session of looking at brain structures with microscopes

·         exploring techniques to  view cholesterol within DNA

·         practical sessions where they discovered how the nutrition of mothers, infants and children - and their own diets and lifestyles - are the foundations for better health.

·         a philosophical lecture on good vs. evil and the ethics within, through a look at superheroes and villains.

·         a look at brain function within humans compared to others species and some detective work to discover the cause of death in some real cross-sectional brain samples!

Needless to say the pupils enjoyed their taster-day and with their passion for learning, good manners and smart attire; they were superb ambassadors for our school. For now it’s back to school to continue to work hard with the hope of securing a University place in the future.

Mr. Tudjman
Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator

YPRES TRIP - History Dept 22 - 23 Nov



On the 22nd and 23rd November 42 year 10 historians visited the WW1 battlefields in Belgium.  When we arrived in Belgium on the Friday we visited the Passchendaele Museum, Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery and Langemark Germany Cemetery.  After a quick stop for some dinner the pupils then attended the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.  Two pupils were given the opportunity to lay a wreath during the ceremony, on behalf of Toynbee.  On Saturday 23rd November we visited the ‘In Flanders Field’ museum in Ypres and experienced the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood.  The final stop on the trip was to Essex Farm cemetery which is where the youngest British soldier, Valentine Strudwick, is buried, as well as being where John McCrae wrote his famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’.  The pupils learnt a lot from this experience and their behaviour was fantastic.


Yr 9 DISNEY TRIP 13 - 15 Nov


Recipe for enjoyment:- 43 pupils; 3 nights;1 Day in Disneyland; 1 Day in Paris visiting cultural sights and a boat trip on the Seine.










Wed 13 Nov


Great News!  Toynbee School Geography students have swept the board, beating all local schools from Romsey to Hedge End to win first and second place at the Consortium Competition last night.







Another successful PDL (Personal Development Day) on the theme of Fairtrade, this time with Year 8.  Winners of the SLT lunch, chocolate bars and certificates this time were talented pupils from 8PD.  Well Done - your enthusiasm and delight in the prizes was tangible and your knowledge about the topic detailed and passionate.


Remembrance Day in Eastleigh

PLT taking part in the laying of wreaths ceremony

11 Nov



Yr 9 Language Leaders at Fryern Junior School

25 Oct


Thanks to our wonderful Year 9 Language Leaders who delievered a most successful workshop at Fryern Junior School last week. They were an absolute credit to our school and we were so proud of the way they responded to the Years 5 and 6 pupils...potential teachers in the making there!

We held 2 workshops, one in French and one in Spanish. The Languages Leaders were given the vocabulary to order food and drink from a menu in both languages and taught the Years 5 and 6 pupils in small groups. The end result was that they were all equipped to order food and drink from a snack bar menu in both French and Spanish. Wonderful!  Mrs McCormick. 

Year 7 Science 'Cells'


7Bn & Dv were set a homework project to make 3D model cells.  Their response was outstanding and the effort they put in was really out of this world!  The cells are models of animal and plant cells.  Pupils have really put in lots of effort and hard work at home to complete the cell models.  Pupils are being awarded prizes after half term.  Mrs Rogerson



Winchester Cathedral Trip - 5 Nov


 Winchester Cathedral

95 Toynbee students from Year 7 spent a great out at Winchester Cathedral this week.  They braved the weather to investigate the gargoyles decorating the outside of the building, then had the opportunity to create their own grisly gargoyles inside. Pupils also took part in guided tours where they found out about the cathedral's Norman history and what happened to it during the Reformation and then the Civil War.  It was great for everyone to see an example of a Norman building as Year 7s are currently studying the Battle of Hastings & the Norman Conquest.  Later in the afternoon, pupils were able to go on an art trail and were surprised how modern art had been placed alongside Medieval & Tudor artwork.  All 95 pupils were a credit to Toynbee and all the staff and volunteers at the Cathedral commented on what a polite and enthusiastic group of students they were.  Well Done Year 7!

Yr 10 Cake Magic 16 Oct



Year 10 catering students were delighted with the demonstration given by Master Baker and author, Eddie Spence MBE.  He treated pupils to several ideas for them to be able to develop on their own Halloween cakes for assessment next week.  Eddie's renowned royal icing skills have earned him the opportunity to decorate many cakes for the royal family, including Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Wedding Anniversary cake and her Diamond Jubilee celebration cake.  He has demonstrated and taught his skill for almost sixty years and is famous in the industry for his excellent work.  We look forward to seeing spooky creations from the pupils next week!




Yr 7 - 9


Lego INtech


Students across year 7 to year 9 have been selected to take part in this year’s challenge and were keen to put together the table this week. This year’s LEGO challenge is to  identify and produce an innovative solution to a natural disaster.   The idea of this project is to have a chance for higher learning and to identify and solve problems. They will attend the First Lego League on the 6th of December at Intec to run and display their LEGO robot and to get it solving some natural disaster problems. These problems include  moving, positioning and  picking up objects. 


Yr 7 RS & Harvest Festival




Year 7 pupils with their entry for the Hampshire Harvest weekend scarecrow competition at Winchester Cathedral. 


Winners on HMS Smiter



As their prize for winning the Go4Set Science Competition last term, four Year 9 pupils were invited to spend the day on the Royal Navy Patrol boat, HMS Smiter.  The ship sailed from Portsmouth Navy Dockyard and onto the Solent and all the way to the Needles before heading back to Portsmouth Docks again.

Each pupil had a go at steering HMS Smiter, while having a chat with the Commanding Officer Lieutenant, Hugo Foyer.  Half way through, they witnessed a Mock “Man over board” exercise where the crew performed a rescue of the Ship’s Dummy. They also witnessed some of the many protocols used by the Navy, including saluting a War ship. 

Our pupils spent over four hours at sea and had a complete tour of the ship, including the Engine room. They worked out that the whole journey used about 700 litres of Diesel which cost in excess of £1000.  The day was very extremely enjoyable and exciting; a well-deserved prize for such a hard working team of pupils.

WEEK 3 of the BAKE OFF

'Breads & Dough'


Bake off


Yet more wonderful food from our bake off competitors with judges looking at technical skills, presentation, creativity with ingredients and overall deliciousness.  Well done to Hamish this week who gained the overall prize with his superb garlic breadsticks!



to 7Hw for winning the FAIRTRADE

presentations today


Fairtrade winners


Year 7 enjoyed a great Personal Development Learning (PDL) day focused on Fairtrade. Pupils spent the morning sessions with their tutors learning about slavery, working conditions and the principles of paying a fair wage to those who grow and produce food products. Next, pupils were required to work in teams and respond to the challenge of designing an awareness raising campaign. The winning entries from each tutor group presented their campaign in front of the whole year group and a panel of judges in the Theatre this afternoon. Teams used role play, mascots, posters and scripts to demonstrate the principles of Fairtrade. The level of participation from the whole year group was excellent. The winning team were awarded with certificates, a bar of fairtrade chocolate and the chance to have lunch with the senior Leadership Team to discuss how they would like to take their ideas and the Fairtrade project onto the next step across the whole school. WELL DONE to everyone who contributed to such a successful event and thanks to Mrs Shepherd for co-ordinating the whole day.


Yr 8 Portrait Gallery Visit 20 Sept


Art Gallery


Year 8 had a thrilling day out in London last Friday when they visited The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery.  Students were lucky enough to see several Van Gogh paintings; an exciting experience for them after studying the artist’s work last year.  They also viewed the art work of John Keane, Sam Walsh and Jason Brooks; artists they will be studying in lessons during their portrait project.  Many felt a sense of awe at the sheer size, skill, detail and quality of the artwork. However, the inspiration has worked because many have rushed back to the classroom, grabbed a paintbrush and started to create their own masterpieces.  More updates on their art work later in the term!


SILVER Kitemark Awarded! 19 Sept


...for Toynbee's excellent Sport provision in the community, curriculum, after school clubs and sports leadership skills development programme.  The Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark is owned and created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is implemented and developed by the Youth Sport Trust. The Kitemark rewards school for their commitment to and the development of school sport and competition and was first launched in June 2012 via the Sainsbury’s School Games website. The Kitemark is graded gold, silver or bronze. Currently, there are no schools in the Eastleigh and Winchester area that are gold. At the time of writing, only three schools out of all the primary and secondary schools in the area have achieved silver.


Toynbee are very proud to have received such a high level award.

Year 7 Alessi inspired Baseline test

Yr 7 Technology pupils 

Year 7 have been working hard to produce some inspiring products as part of the New Technologies baseline test.  Over two weeks, they were asked to use the inspirational concepts to design a new range of kettles that would reflect the theme of nature.  Teachers were certainly impressed by the imagination shown by the new year group and are relishing the thought of working with them.


If you would like to inspire others, don’t forget to enter the Marc Newson competition.  Use his designs to inspire your own designs.  Entries to Ms Wilkins by Friday.

Toynbee's Great Bake Off 18 Sept


 students baking

For 10 weeks students from Years 7 to 9 can get involved in Toynbee's Great Bake Off.  This week was the signature bake challenge, next week is the very technical swiss roll.  This extra curricular activity has been organised by the Design & Technology Dept and led by Mrs Kendall.  if you would like to be involved in the judging, please let us know.


Literacy & Numeracy tabs on the website for parents.  See our new icon on the left hand bars.

Geography Quality Mark 12 Sept

geog award

The Geography Department has been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark for the second time.  This award recognises excellence in teaching and learning in Geography.  We are one of only sixty schools across the country to be awarded the Quality Mark in 2013, and one of two schools to be awarded this accreditation for the third time.


to a new academic year 2013 - 14

 Pupil Leadership Team

The newly elected Pupil Leadership Team; Head Boy & Girl supported by Deputy Head Boy & Girl, showing off the new school uniform which has been introduced this September. The PLT were able to welcome our new Year 7s to their first day at Toynbee and provide guidance and advice for their timetabled classes. There has been an excellent response to our new uniform, and pupils have made a superb start to the new school year. Thank you to all our parents who have helped us to improve our uniform to its current high standard.

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