21 Jul 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

This is the last ‘Mayfield Messenger’ for this academic year. I hope you agree with me that our school is going from strength to strength. We were delighted to achieve a ‘good’ in all areas in our last OfSTED inspection and have been working hard to move all areas to ‘Outstanding’ for our next inspection. Once again, the school is heavily oversubscribed with a record 6 applications for every place in Year R and full, again, for Year 7! This success is down to the amazing support that our community gives us, for which we are all very grateful. I wish you all a very pleasant and restful break and look forward to welcoming all pupils back on Tuesday 5th September at the usual times. The next editions of the ‘Mayfield Messenger’ will be sent out on Friday 8th September!

The final whole school posting will be sent out at the start of the Summer Holiday. Please click here for a copy of my letter. If your personalised pack does not arrive, please alert our SIMS manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

To help our families plan their time, please find a link to the Autumn 1 calendar here.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

As we come to the end of the summer term I would like to thank all the parents who support our young people every day. Thank you for encouraging them to come into school every day in the correct uniform and for supporting them with their studies. 

We have had a very successful year in which we have said goodbye to a lovely Year 11 and we look forward to celebrating their results with them when they come to collect them on 24th August. The new Year 7, who have been with us for the two weeks transition period, have settled very well and this should lead to a very smooth start in September.

As we look to September can I please remind you to adhere to the school uniform policy which can be found here. In particular, can you make sure that school shoes are completely black and "polishable". A reminder that jewellery is limited to one stud per ear, in the lobe, and a watch. Nothing else should be worn so any additional piercings that might be added over the summer will need to be removable by 5th September. 

We always encourage pupils to read over the summer so please do remind your child of the pleasure that can be found in reading a book and give them opportunities to spend time doing this. There is a recommended list of reading for Year 6 here and your local library will be happy to suggest books for older readers if inspiration is needed.

I wish you all a very restful and happy Summer and I look forward to seeing Years 7 and 8 at 8:10am, and Years 9, 10 and 11 at 8:40am on Tuesday 5th September 2017.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We finished our year with a special Celebration and Thank You Assembly this morning when we looked back at the highlights of the past year and said ‘thank you’ to all of the people behind the scenes who helped our school to operate so smoothly.  We also said goodbye and good luck to Miss Leslie, who is going to Liverpool University to begin her training to become a teacher. 

We are looking forward to seeing 90 children for our Summer School from 21st to 25th August.  Confirmation letters with the details for this week were sent home on Monday with the arrangements for the week.  The Summer School aims to keep children in touch with learning and their school friends over the long summer break and I’m sure that this year’s event is going to be a great success.

Another way that you can keep your child’s learning ticking over is to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.  This year’s Challenge is called Animal Agents and there is more information about how you can take part on our website.  Mrs Sheppard is also organising a Reward Picnic for all of the children who successfully complete the challenge and bring their certificate or medal into school in September.

Thank you for all of your support over the last year and best wishes for a happy summer holiday!

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

What a lovely morning we had together celebrating your children’s graduation from Sunbeams. It’s so very hard for the staff and myself to say goodbye, but it’s time for them to shine in Year R.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege getting to know you and your children. Please keep in touch, we would love to hear how they are doing in their new classes.

For those parents who are returning after the summer break, we start school on Tuesday 5th September and the topic will be ‘All about me’.

Have a lovely summer break.

News Items

Mayfield is Growing...

Do you have a child in Year 2 in September 2017? Then please be aware that the Governing Body of Mayfeld School have decided to open an additonal 30 places in Year 3 from September 2018. Children from any Infant or Primary School can apply. Reasons to choose Mayfeld:
We are the only state ‘all through’ school in Portsmouth;

  • Once your child secures a place at Mayfeld, there is no need to re-apply;
  • We are rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED in all areas;
  • High academic standards supported by excellent behaviour;
  • Access to the ‘Wilkie Scholarship’ to Portsmouth Grammar School.

What OfSTED said about Mayfeld:

“Pupils are polite, well-mannered and show pride in their school”

“Year 1 and 2 pupils achieve well partcularly in their reading and writng”

“Across the school, pupils beneft from positve relatonships with their teachers”

“Pupils make good progress in Years 1 and 2. Pupils read well and enjoy the variety of interestng and challenging books available”

To find out more about joining us or to book a tour of the school, please email admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk today!


Join In With This Summer’s Reading Challenge

Mayfield is delighted to be supporting the annual Summer Reading Challenge.  This year’s challenge is called ‘Animal Agents’ and it is now open to all 4 to 11 year olds. 

Each year, thousands of children across the country take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.  The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.  Every year there’s a different theme; this year it’s Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

You can enrol your child in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.  Every child who completes the challenge will receive a certificate or a medal from the Local Library. 

Click here for more information about the Summer Reading Challenge.

Mrs Sheppard is organising a special picnic in September for any primary aged child who brings their certificate or medal into school to show that they have completed the challenge.


Discovery Reward Afternoon

On Friday 14th July Discovery House ran its rewards afternoon.

54 upper school and 15 lower school pupils from Discovery House took part in a series of team building activities.  It was an opportunity for pupils to mix with different year groups within their house.

The pupils invited met a behaviour and attendance criteria, they had to have more than 95% attendance and lower than 5 behaviour points.

It was a really fun and motivating afternoon.  Running the events were Mr Reeve and our sports leaders from Discovery house, Annabel Derry, Teoni Lloyd, Maddie Appleton and Chloe Perman

All pupils were exceptionally behaved and Discovery house is looking forward to the next event in the Autumn term.


Infant Gardening Club

The green fingered Infant gardeners have been working hard during extra curricular gardening club. They have been sowing, weeding, watering and harvesting fruit and vegetables this term. The latest crop ready was our cucumbers. We had so many, there was enough for everyone to have some at lunchtime!

Special thanks to our Head Gardeners Mrs Manns and Miss Leslie for leading the club.


Artist of the Week

The Artist this Week is Sophie Webb in Year 11 who has created this fantastic final piece. 

Sophie has taken a lot of time to create this neat design by applying and blending oil pastels. With this media it’s not easy to create smooth lines and shapes and Sophie has done a great job!

Posted by Billy Woodhead

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