SMSC

At Mayfield it is important to all of us that we develop the whole child and not just focus on academic qualifications. This involves us trying to develop each student spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Examples of how we do this include:

Spiritual development

  • Ensuring that pupils reflect on and respond to feedback they are given from their teachers.
  • Allowing pupils to have regular time in tutor sessions to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses (both in and out of school).
  • Encouraging pupils through assemblies to consider what makes them unique and individual.
  • Encouraging pupils, through regular ‘pop up sessions’ in tutor sessions to consider their own and others’ religious beliefs and faiths.

Moral development

  • Asking pupils in tutor sessions to regularly reflect upon their behaviour and achievements and the consequences of both.
  • As part of our ‘Dockyard’ programme asking pupils to work through real-life legal cases and considering how they should be resolved.
  • As part of ‘Voting Voice’ asking pupils to consider school, local and national current affairs and giving them an opportunity to explore and share their opinions.
  • As part of ‘Circle Time’ asking pupils to discuss moral and ethical situations and asking them how they would respond and what actions they would take.

Social development

  • Any pupil can apply for the following positions of responsibility. As part of these roles pupils are shown how to act as role models for others and assist in running key parts of the school. Roles marked with a * are voted for by other pupils as part of a democratic vote:
    • Head boy/head girl *
    • Prefect (year 11)
    • Young leaders (years 7-10)
    • House captains (years 7-11)*
    • House sports captains (years 7-11)*
    • School sports captains (year 11)
    • Dance captains (year 11)
    • Music captains (year 11)
    • Drama captains (year 11)
    • Student librarians
  • Vertical tutoring means that pupils are grouped with other pupils in years 7-11 – this enables them to get to know others’ that they would otherwise not know.
  • Many activities in tutor time are planned to encourage pupils to work together in groups and work with people of other ages.
  • The Infant section often join us for whole school activities (for instance Christmas lunches and Remembrance). Senior pupils are encouraged to modify their behaviour appropriately when working with Infant pupils.
  • Enabling the following opportunities for senior pupils to work alongside our infant pupils and pre-school:
    • Young leaders and prefects assist at Infants extra-curricular clubs.
    • Young leaders and prefects assist teachers as part of our daily Resilience sessions.
    • At our child-care club volunteer senior pupils work with our pre-school pupils on a daily basis.
  • House challenges encourage tutor groups to work together.
  • Pupils’ achievements (both individually and collectively) are recognised as part of the following House competitions:
    • Achievement points (every achievement point from every pupil is added together – the House with the most points wins the trophy).
    • Attendance trophy (the House with the best percentage attendance wins the trophy).
    • Christmas Decorations trophy (each House decorates one corner of the main hall at Christmas – the whole school then vote (not for their own house) for the decorations they feel are best.
    • Accelerated Reader trophy – every word read (and logged) by year 7 and 8 pupils are added together – the House who has read the most words wins the trophy.
    • Sports Day trophy – each House competes in our annual competitions in track, field, football, softball, zoneball and rounders. The House that wins the most competitions wins the overall Sports Day trophy.
  • Encouraging pupils through the following charity projects to consider the plights of others and how we can help:
    • Children in Need
    • Sports Relief
    • Comic Relief
    • Christmas Charity projects (unique to each House)
    • Biennial charity week (unique to each House)

Cultural Development

  • Regular Dockyard sessions and assemblies:
    • Give pupils an understanding of cultures and religious festivals that they may not be familiar with.
    • Allow pupils to explore achievements of famous and non-famous Britons and the impact they have had on international culture.
    • Encourage pupils to consider what living in the British Isles means and comparing this to other cultures.
    • Give pupils a sense of how democracy works in Britain and how it is central to our history and values
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in the following activities and trips:
    • Drama performances (July 2015 – Into the Woods, December 2015 – Grease)
    • Rock Challenge (national dance competition)
    • Sports teams (football, netball, rugby, athletics, rounders)
    • Regular theatre trips (EXAMPLES)
    • Rewards trips to London (Madame Tussauds/London Eye/ London Dungeons)
    • Trip to London (Leisure and Tourism)
    • Trip to Chelsea FC (Business Studies)
  • Connections with the following organisations are fostered to allow pupils to raise their aspirations:
    • Portsmouth University
    • Southampton University
    • Faith in Football