Archive News 2018 - 19



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Well Done to our ex Year 11!


74% Grade 4+ English & Maths

82% Grade 4 + Maths

79% Grade 4+ English

72% Grade 4 + Science


and achieving Grade 7 or above...

Maths 35%

English 25%

Science 25%


Attainment 8 Score (average best 8 grades) 50.2%


29% achieved the Ebacc Grade 4+

23% achieved the Ebacc Grade 5+


The U13 boys cricket team played Costello School from Basingstoke in the delayed Hampshire U13 plate final on Friday.  Toynbee scored 103-7 with Sam O Brien top scoring with 28.  Costello needed two off the last ball and in an exciting finish managed only one!

Toynbee therefore won by one run!


This means this Toynbee team has won the Indoor Hampshire Title, the outdoor softball title and the outdoor plate! A superb achievement!



From Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th September, I had the pleasure of taking 40 year 11 Geographers to Italy. During the trip we visited the ancient sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, learning about the impacts of the 79AD eruption. We also climbed 1200 metres to the crater of Mount Vesuvius where we enjoyed the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. It was clear for students to see the potential impact that this volcano could have if it were to erupt again in future. Naples has a population of almost 1 million people living in the shadow of this dormant volcano, however for many the benefits of tourism generated by Vesuvius far outweigh the potential threats of an eruption. We also enjoyed a sunny day travelling along the Amalfi Coast where we visited the Emerald Caves and a truly breathtaking boat ride from the town of Amalfi.

I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Mrs Thompson for her amazing organisation and to Mrs Haris, Miss Valance and Mr Law for making this trip possible.

Year 11s- you were awesome too! You really were a credit to the school and made the trip really memorable and fun.

Thank you so much! Mrs Breckenridge



Hampshire Book Awards


Mrs Wood’s Hampshire Book Award readers were very pleased to spend the morning in Winchester listening to the author Tamsyn Murray talking about her writing journey, answering questions, and reading a devastatingly sad extract from her novel ‘Instructions for a second hand heart’.


Thanks to Mrs Wood, our panellists had read all the Book Award novels and had met to select their favourite.  Most had voted for Tamsyn’s book and those who hadn’t were far too polite to say so.


Drama Club Performance 11 Oct

The Drama Club performed a piece about self-image and bullying to a full theatre of family and friends on Thursday 11 Oct.   Even though some of them had never performed in front of an audience before, they did themselves, and me, very proud! A special mention to Ollie  Hattie , Amber and Isaac  who were fantastic in the lead roles.

Watch this space for more details of Drama Club's next performance, "The First Mince Pie", on 20th December!



Our Head Boy and Girl recently joined in with the local councils' remembrance ceremony with the laying of a wreath by the park memorial.

#BeKind  Anti Bullying Week

There were so many activities run in school during the week

- 'Random Acts of Kindness' cards delivered to friends and staff,

- stickers around the school with kind sayings,

- voluntary litter picking after school

- voluntary work squads for Drama & English

- Visits to care Homes to meet OAPs

and this one pictured here showing our Year 8 pupils listening to Year 1 pupils read at St Francis school.  Special moments indeed.



The showcase choir sang beautifully to the residents of at Challenor House care home as part of the #bekind campaign for anti-bullying week.



Year 10 Prefects meeting the Mayor of Eastleigh at the Youth Conference this week where a range of local issues were discussed.  Our pupils made extremely valuable contributions to all the discussion across a broad range of issues and in particular about facilities in the local community .

Year 10 pupils were also able to take part this week in our first 'Well Being & Mindfulness Club'.  Great participation from all involved.

Friday 16 Nov - Yr 8 Geography Fieldwork @Monks Brook

28  Year 8 Toynbee pupils visited Monks Brook river in Eastleigh last week. The trip was run in conjunction with Southampton University students, with the aim of exploring how a river changes throughout its course. Whilst we had some chilly conditions, the students worked brilliantly when collecting data both in and out of the river. Students completed a field sketch and calculated the velocity of the water, as well as measuring pebble sizes at different locations and completing an environmental survey. We have received some fantastic feedback from Southampton University who were very impressed with both the behaviour and knowledge of our students. A big thank you to everyone involved in the trip and a huge well done to our Year 8 geographers!

Mrs Harris




PIctured here are the shield and cup winners from the 2018 Summer GCSEs.   Over 50 subjects prizes were awarded on the evening which was very well supported by parents of our ex students who came to collect their GCSE certificates.




The money will be divided between two charities, Naomi House Hospice and also the Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance.  Our Yr 11 students worked really hard to deliver an exciting programme of events throughout the week; Cake Sales, Sweetie stalls, Staff Karaoke, Bleep Tests, Tape the Teacher.  Friday ended with a Non Uniform day with a theme @Dress as a Harry Potter Character' and a wonderful Talent Show in the evening supported by the PTA who ran a delicious BBQ.  The school is tremendously proud of its dedicated students who have delivered one of our best and most  memorable Charity Weeks.


Four of our Gifted and Talented pupils attended a national chemistry competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In this competition our students used their chemistry knowledge in a fun but competitive way. They also had to use their skills at solving a problem and prove they understood the science behind it. In amongst many things, pupils had to show they could  work as a team,  and demonstrate safe working practices in a tidy and safe manner .


A massive well done to our pupils who won the trophy for showcasing their findings in a scientifically detailed poster.


The representative from HIOWA collected a cheque for £744 today from the Pupil Leadership Team in assembly.  HIOWA told Year11s that their organisation which carries out such vital lifesaving work across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, depends entirely on donations to run.  She told pupils that their running costs have just soared from £9,000 per day to £15,000.  It seems incredible to think that such a worthwhile team of people are so vulnerable in their funding for survival.  The PLT of Toynbee school were very pleased to be able to say that they had run a very successful Charity week and done their bit to support this excellent charity.


The Toynbee VI Resource was recently invited to spend the day at the Microsoft Headquarters in Reading. 


Armed with our school i-Pads and lots of questions, we arrived at the plush offices, and were shown into a large open plan work area, complete with individual "sheds", bean bags, colouring walls and swings.  The innovative and relaxed working environment became our office for the next few hours, as students and staff worked in small groups, using a prototype to assist visually impaired students to understand programming.  Within minutes, the teams had helped each other to grasp the concept, and were creating programmes, trouble-shooting and playing music scales and soundtracks to their own stories. 

One of the many highlights of the day was the chance to experiment with some of the amazing Microsoft apps.  Our students were able to find a number of applications and uses for the face recognition, handwriting to text, and product recognition software.  It was a thoroughly positive experience, with Microsoft encouraging our students, regarding future support in their education, using specially developed and adapted software, and also for their future career choices. 


The positivity and imagination was flowing as we all enjoyed a fantastic lunch, followed by exercising more than just our grey matter, with a quick swing in the indoor swing park. 

The experience gave the team a whole new outlook on how we can use technology to help us in the VI Resource, and support independence and integration within Toynbee.  Microsoft's ethos of empowering every person to achieve more, made a real impression on staff and students alike.


Year 9 Toynbee Art student Ilkin is working hard both in and outside of class.  He has recently received recognition for his work from the NST Theatre Gallery.


Ilkin is a talented artist and often creates work at home outside of his GCSE coursework. His website shows his talent and varied subject matter.


He takes his inspiration from all sorts of sources; knowledge about WW1 from English lessons, topics covered in history class, current news items like the recent wildfires, books he is reading in his own time about Pompeii and images he likes on Instagram.


He was invited through a personal contact to include some of his work in a new exhibition space. The exhibition was  based around the theme of 'How art frees your mind'.


Fun and laughter was in abundance at the Dick Whittington pantomime trip! The set, costumes, lighting and overall production was stunning.   All pupils joined in with great enthusiasm with the audience participation and we even got a shout out from Bobby Davro!   


A thoroughly enjoyable trip and a great ending to a busy Autumn term and a wonderful start to the Christmas holidays!'  Mrs Riddell.

YEAR 10 GCSE Food students enjoying the 'Tea Cake Challenge.'



Year 8 Gifted & Talented visit to Southampton University

25 Gifted and Talented year 8 students visited The University of Southampton as part of the universities Learn with Us programme.  The students were introduced to life as a student with a taste of university lectures on History and Biochemistry, a tour of the students union and facilities, and a workshop on how to prepare for living away from home.  All students were a credit to the school as they were able to reflect upon some really challenging content.

Prestigious Places

Three former pupils of The Toynbee School received offers, this year. The University of Oxford offered Anna Bodman and Della Darvill places to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College and Music at Christ Church College, respectively. Additionally, Colin Scott was offered a place at Cambridge’s Churchill College to study Natural Sciences.

Read full article here.


Well Done to the first set of Year 11 Food Technology students who prepared three courses of street food yesterday for their exam practical.  The theme this year was quite a challenge as students had to remember to use challenging techniques to get their high grades whilst also creating portable, take away type food.  They responded with creativity and flair producing empanadas, fajitas, Mexican wraps and even pretzels and churros. 


'Congratulations to the 80 year 8 pupils who were invited to the Year 8 Humanities praise tea party on Wednesday 30th January.  These pupils were invited in recognition of their consistent and continued hard work, effort and achievement in History, Geography, MFL and RS.  Keep up the great work!'

TOYNBEE WINS SECONDARY SCHOOL of the YEAR at Eastleigh Borough Council Local Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to Jenna Maunder for winning Junior Disability Sportsperson of the Year and to all the Pupil teams and Pe staff who contributed to this success.


Year 8 students had the opportunity to see a fascinating presentation from Alan Watson about Enigma, most commonly known as the cypher machines for German communication during World War Two. He brought in two original machines and parts that the students were able to explore. The talk, including the history and design of Enigma and the work behind breaking the Enigma code, links to the history curriculum as well encouraging an interest in engineering and problem solving. Year 8 behaved excellently and asked interesting questions during the talk.


Yr 11 PLT Visit to HIOWAA

After a hugely successful charities week earlier in the school year, the PLT were proud to present a cheque to the HIOWAA, one of the main charities they chose to support.   It was a real pleasure to meet Joanna from the charity who invited the PLT to the base following all their hard work fundraising for HIOWAA.  Joanna gave students an overview of the work that the charity does and the costs involved in providing such high level care.  It costs the charity £15,000 per day to run their services all of which must be met from charitable donations. 


The HIOWAA specialise in extreme trauma care and are called out to the most severe situations.  Students were able to have a go on the virtual reality head sets so they could emerge themselves in the scenarios.   They were also able to see the helicopter landing at the air base after having just been stood down from a call out. Then once the pilot and crew had landed back at the base they were able to meet them and ask questions and walk out to the landing site to sit in the helicopter and see all the specialised equipment carried on board. 


Students visited the simulation room where different sounds and images can be projected 360* around the room to create different locations and situations, (for example a busy roadside) and were able to see demonstrations of some of the medical equipment used to open a casualty's airways or straighten out bones to prevent severe blood loss.  It was very inspiring for the students to see the dedication and knowledge of the staff who practice simulated situations again and again so they can react in the quickest possible time to help the casualties. The critical care doctors on board the helicopter are able to be airborne within 4 minutes, able to open up a casualties chest within 15 seconds and perform heart surgery at the scene. I t was a real privilege to meet the doctor, paramedic and pilot and see first hand how the money the students raised at Toynbee, is being used to save lives around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  We hope to be able to work with the charity again in the future and hopefully raise further funds to help their work.

Mrs Moss - Chair of Pupil Leadership Team PLT


Well Done to our pupils & staff for the fabulous effort they have put into their costumes this year.  The Library was full of favourite characters from past and current novels that pupils are reading.  Year 7s are enjoying a special curriculum today centering around writing stories and later today there will be hot chocolate and cakes served in the library along with a BOOK SWAP. 
















































Our year 10 Gifted and Talented made us proud by achieving a second place finish in the University of Southampton's Global Challenge.  Some of our most academically gifted pupils faced off against schools from all around Hampshire, using their skills in research, team work, presentation and debate. 


Our students were amazing and presented a compelling argument for tackling global health and well being, one of the UNs 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 


Over 2 days students took part in workshops and lectures before being challenged to champion 1 goal above all others.  With good health & well being selected, they then had to debate their goal against another school, then present their findings to the guest judges in a conference style.  The whole programme was very challenging and our students where an exceptional example of what our students are capable of.








Yr 7 G&T Trip to Southampton University

The University of Southampton is in the Top 1% of global universities & a member of the elite Russell Group.  We are so lucky that as a local school we enjoy excellent links with them through their Outreach programme for young people in secondary schools. 


Today, Tuesday 26 March, the Year 7s were greeted by their amazing Student Ambassadors who hosted a morning of competitions, challenges and quizzes designed to introduce our pupils to student life, the vast range of university courses and the facilities on campus.  Our pupils were highly enthused by the whole programme and returned to school with new purpose and ambition. 


Amongst the most interesting facts they learnt about in relation to the university are;-

  • The first university buildings were completed in 1913 but was not occupied until 1919, after the  First World war had ended.

  • The university is ranked 5th in the world for its Nursing & Midwifery course

  • The university has 3 libraries and if all the books were laid end to end they would reach to the IOW and back again.

  • The Oceanography course is ranked 2nd in the world

  • There is club called 'Fish on Toast' which is about entrepreneurship.

We shall be doing some follow up activities in school based on the day, ready for the next part of the programme in Year 8.


22 of our highest achieving students visited Kingswood activity centre on Isle of Wight, to enjoy activities focusing on leadership, teamwork and resilience.


Over 3 days they completed tasks that pushed them to their limits and tested their ability to rise to incredible physical challenges.  These activities including a Leap of Faith, a 3G Swing, a blindfolded Nightline assault course, Buggy Building and Side by Side vehicle driving. 


All students behaved perfectly and were a credit to themselves and the school.  We hope that this trip, and other such visits to 'The University of Southampton', will help this group of students focus on continuing their academic success. 


Mr May G&T Co-ordinator







'SCOOT' a vital part of our Mental Health strategy

Scoot continues to play a significant role in our school; calming pupils down while waiting for their HPV vaccinations; noticing when students need support; being present during exams & generally helping us all build positive relationships.

Read this article.






Last weekend a group of Y9 and 10 French GCSE students went to northern France for a few days of French speaking fun!  Whilst not much sleep was had, pupils had an excellent insight into French culture, including meal times, shopping habits and local delicacies, and got to practice their French in cafes and at mealtimes and in the activities run by our excellent animateur, Bachy.  They were brave and embraced the challenges they were given, both physical, in the high-ropes activity and in tasting snails, and linguistically, in understanding and communicating with people around them.  A big well done to them!   

Mrs Still   


DEDICATED ATHLETES representing Hampshire & UK

Congratulations to Bradley  Y11 and Gracie Y9 who have both achieved the qualifying standards in their athletics events to represent Hampshire Schools at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham in July. 


Bradley has been selected for the javelin having thrown over 60m this season and is currently ranked second in the UK. Bradley specialises in javelin but is also a talented multi eventer having finished 3rd in the National Schools champ last summer and gained selection to represent England. 


Gracie is a talented shot putter who this season has concentrated on Hammer. Having won the Hampshire Champs she represented Hampshire at the South East inter counties and finished 2nd. She is currently ranked 12th in the UK. 


We are very proud of these two dedicated athletes. We wish them both the best of luck in the English Schools Championships competitions.

PDL DAY June 2019

Year 7s enjoy a focus on 'Healthy Lifestyles' with Mindfulness sessions as well as mapping their fitness levels in the Sports Hall with the help of 'Medical Mavericks,' a company who promote sports and active careers.  Year 8s learn about the origins of the English Language as well as understanding world culture; even how to spell their names in Arabic.  Year 9s underwent a series of personal challenges and team building activities with the army so that they could strengthen their problem solving abilities and personal resilience.  Some Year 9s opted for the chance to go to 'Woodmill Activity Centre' for the day.  Year 10s have focused on employability skills.  They have had to dress up smartly for their mock interviews for potential jobs by a team of external HR specialiasts.  Year 10 also learnt about the amazing opportunities the Government Citizenship scheme offers, powered their way through an 'Egg Drop' exercise (some more successfully than others - woops!) and then this evening they have a careers event with 30 + local employers, colleges and careers providers in school ready to give advice for life 'post Toynbee.'


On the 13th June, forty year 7 pupils had a superb day out to visit the Living Rainforest near Newbury to find out how animals and plants adapt to their unique environment. 

The coach journey was one of the most peaceful that I’ve ever been on with a Year 7 group and the pupils behaved brilliantly all day. We arrived to be shown our designated area within the main building before being introduced to our three guides.  My group had a lady called Sam who was superb.  She explained things clearly and had a great sense of humour.  We found out why toucans have such big bills, how plants have helped with the technology behind waterproof materials and that some plants eat insects!


After a short break and visit to the shop, the pupils were set the challenge of completing an activity sheet whilst in small groups back inside the rainforest.  Some of the detail they produced was excellent as were the sketches of the plants and animals. 

Overall, a very enjoyable, sweaty and educational day was had by all. 


On a balmy summer evening a packed audience enjoyed listening to jazz, wind band, singers, choirs and instrumentals from a talented range of pupils at Toynbee.  Year 11s returned to join in the performances which were enjoyed by all, including a glass of Pimms in the interval.  Thank you to our amazing pupils for a delightful evening.

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