IGNITE is our club for our most able students.

  • To be a member of this club, students must meet one of these criteria:

ü  You enter Mayfield School with the highest possible attainment of your Year cohort by having an average calculated score of 110 or above, based upon KS2 data.

ü  You leave Key Stage 3 with the highest possible attainment compared to the rest of your cohort in the same subjects;

ü  You are new to Mayfield (joining mid-way through an academic year), and consistently display higher ability and attainment in these subjects when compared to your peers;

ü  You show improved attainment whilst in a Key Stage, reaching the highest attainment possible in many subjects.

  • Members of the IGNITE group will be presented with an enamel badge to wear on the lapel of their blazer.


Able Student Activities at Mayfield School

We have a wide and diverse programme of activities for our IGNITE students. Some of our most recent ones include:

  • Students participating in the Portsmouth Maths Challenge;
  • Trips to BAE Systems;
  • Year 8 students having a day designing, building and then improving and racing model hovercraft;
  • Undergraduate students from both the University of Southampton and University of Chichester in to visit every year group so as to prepare our students to aim for and apply to study at university-level studies;
  • Trips to both of these universities to further students’ knowledge of university studies;
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Mayfield students not only Impressing the Mayor of Gosport at the Fareham College EBP STEM Fair, but also winning every competition they participated in;
  • Postgraduate students from the University of Portsmouth explaining how dinosaur bones become fossilised;
  • Participating in subject-specific ‘masterclasses’ at Havant College.

As a means of extra support, Mr Jackson operates a rolling programme of ‘IGNITE Tutorials’ for IGNITE students, held during Tutor Times. During these, Mr Jackson meets with three IGNITE students at a time, discussing students’ attainment, their individual aspirations, and emplacing any mechanisms required so as to support and assist with not only a students’ own personal timetabled subjects, but also their own revision-based requirements.

The Wilkie Scholarship

The Wilkie Scholarship was set up in September 2011 by Mr. Brian Wilkie, who attended Mayfield from 1960 to 1966, Mr. James Priory (Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School), and Mayfield School.

So far, we have had the following successful applicants:


Charlotte Marchant

Taylor Richardson


Cameron Hall

Alex Todd


James Butler

Finlay Cookson


Lucy Burroughs

Faith Menkah


Courtney Hardyman

Danielle Todd


Bradley Jackson

Jasmine Searle

2016-2017 Frances Mitchinson Laura Mayes

who are all now studying hard at the Portsmouth Grammar School.

The process is now underway to decide on our next Wilkie Scholars.

Interviews for our next Wilkie Scholars will take place during January and February, with a final decision being made in the following Easter.

University Partnerships

We are pleased to announce the continuation of our formal partnerships with both the University of Southampton, and the University of Chichester.

Our University of Southampton Partnership

The University of Southampton supports our IGNITE students through their ‘Learn with U.S. (University of Southampton) Scheme’. This scheme involves the University supporting our IGNITE students by offering each Year Group both:

  1. a trip to the university campus – students travel by coach and then receive a tour and ‘experience’ at the Main University Campus. The activities students participate in range from learning about the different styles of learning rooms within the campus buildings, to hands-on practical activities in a top of the range science laboratory.
  2. a presentation in our school - University staff and student ambassadors come in and hold two-hour long workshops, with a spiral theme that builds upon previous years’ knowledge about university life, choosing courses, finances, and many other aspects linked with studying at any university.

Our University of Chichester Partnership

The University of Chichester supports our IGNITE students through their ‘Widening Participation Scheme’. This scheme is designed to aid and raise the aspirations of students through a programme of both on-campus and in-school activities. This programme will reach all of our year groups and all groups of students. Keep watching this space as we establish a wide range of different activities and projects.

For further information, please contact Mr Jackson.

Cambridge University

During the spring term, the Trinity College Schools’ Liaison Officer visits Mayfield School and gives presentations to our most able students in Years 9, 10, and 11 who have expressed a wish to possibly study at not only Cambridge University, but any Russell Group University.


Current Year 9, 10 and 11 students should see Mr Jackson for details of Ms. Munro’s forthcoming visit.

Russell Group Universities

The Russell Group of 20 leading UK universities now publishes a guide to post-16 subject choices. Informed Choices, produced in collaboration with the Institute of Career Guidance, is a booklet aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options. It includes advice on not only the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses, but also advice on the best choices if you don’t yet know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open.

The IGNITE Award

Mr Jackson presents the ‘IGNITE Award’ every year to the IGNITE student who has not only made great progress in the school year, but has participated as fully as they can in the activities provided to enhance and support their learning and attainment.

The Award is in the form of a large shield and is sponsored by the ‘Learn with U.S. (University of Southampton) Scheme’, and is proudly displayed in our School Reception.

The 2015-2016 Award was presented to Joseph Packham, in Year 8.

The Southampton University ‘Year 10 Challenge’

Mayfield School always send at least one team composed of our most able Year 10 students to participate in this two day event, held every spring at Southampton University. The outline aim of the Challenge is to learn about the many aspects related to ‘disease control’, being taught in various departments across the university site, this then followed up with a day to prepare and then present a 15 minute presentation to a panel of judges, this made up of University lecturers and postgraduate students.

In 2014, not only did we win the whole Challenge but our team did so in spectacular style, being awarded a stylistic glass trophy which is now proudly displayed in our School Reception.

This year we won the ‘Best Teamwork’ and ‘Best Researchers’ Awards. Our students were extremely proud to win these, because they felt that, as they had travelled the furthest to participate (in horrendous traffic jams!), and had worked very methodically to research the required content at a higher level of understanding, to be praised by the University Lecturers for their effort and skills shown whilst researching was the perfect ending for our teams. Well done Year 10! J

Year 9 IGNITE Students Experience Havant College ‘Masterclasses’

Mr Sheehan recently escorted ten of our most able Year 9 students to Havant College, where our students experienced a ‘masterclass’ in either MFL, STEM-based subjects, Media, or History.

These classes are designed to enrich the Year 9 curriculum, and provide experiences that enable students to be able to give a more detailed opinion and/or have a better understanding of how the world around us works.

Our students were impeccably behaved and a credit to our school.

We will be returning for further masterclasses throughout the remainder of the school year.

Talented Students

For information about talented students and how we support them in all subjects, please click here.

Further Information

In addition to supporting many of our students across our school, the establishments and companies shown below have regularly worked with Mayfield School to support our ‘IGNITE’ students. A brilliant achievement, and this list is always growing as we continue to increase the support we are able to offer our Able students.

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