9 Jun 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

We were saddened to hear of the passing of former pupil, Mr. Pat Neil. Please see our news items for some information about Pat and his achievements. Our condolences go out to all of his family and friends.

Please do remember that Tuesday 20th June is an INSET day and the school is closed for staff training (except for the Ex-Year 11 leavers’ assembly). All pupils should return at the normal times on Wednesday 21st June to start the new academic year in their new classes.

Regular readers will be aware that Mayfield School is a keen supporter of the ‘Portsmouth Festivities’. We are delighted to be hosting the “Play in a Day” on Monday 19th June. Pupils from across the City will be producing and performing their own play here at Mayfield! For more information about the festivities please visit their website at www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

If you are a parent or carer or a pupil at Mayfield School, you should have received £10 worth of raffle tickets in the whole school posting for the ‘Friends of Mayfield Summer Raffle 2017’. We would encourage you to buy all or some of these tickets and return cash, stubs and unsold tickets in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name. Envelope can be handed in to:

  • Staff on the school gate in the morning;
  • Tutors (for Seniors) or Class Teachers (for Infants);
  • Pupil Services.

Last Christmas, the FOM Raffle raised over £3000 for new lighting equipment for the school. Thank you for your support!

To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 2. This can be downloaded here

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

This week has been full of exams for our Year 11 pupils who are working very hard and demonstrating excellent behaviour and resilience at what is a pivotal time of their lives. They have their last Mathematics exam on Monday 12th June and once that is over they will begin personalised timetables to maximise revision opportunities in subjects where examinations are still to come. Thank you to all the "people at home" who are supporting Year 11 at this time.

We have come to the end of the last "normal" week before the timetable changes! Next week brings us the Reward Trips on Thursday. Please do make sure your child knows what time and where they need to be if they are going on a trip. If your child is not on a trip they should be in school at normal time in full uniform.

The following Monday, 19th June, is our Sports Day when the pupils will be going to The Mountbatten Centre for the day. They should arrive in their PE kits for registration by 8.45am.

The new timetable begins on Wednesday 21st June, when all the pupils will move up a year. The new Year 8 should arrive in school at 8.10am for resilience as normal (it will be in the same rooms as they have been in all year), with the new Year’s 9, 10 and 11 arriving at 8.40am. Period 1 will be spent in tutor groups and there will be a special Moving on Assembly for the new Year 11. The Head Boy and Head Girl for the new academic year will be announced in this assembly.

Finally, pupils in Years 7 should now be working on their Summer 2 ‘Prep’ projects. Copies of the projects can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor if you would like them to provide additional support for your child as they complete these projects. A full list of tutors can be found here.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had an excellent start to the new half-term with the children getting back into learning very quickly.

We have been preparing the children to move up into their new classes on 21st June so that there is no anxiety or worry about the transition into the next year up.  You should have a letter in the book-bag this evening to say which class your child is going to be in for next year together with the name of their new teacher.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns about the classes for next year.

We are also preparing for the opening of Year 3 for the first time.  This means that the arrangements for school lunches are going to change from September onwards.  There will be information sent home in the book-bags next week about how you can register to order school meals and the school’s new policy for packed lunches for junior aged pupils.  There will also be an application form to see whether parents are still eligible to receive free school meals into Year 3.  Please can you complete this and return it to the class teacher by Friday 23rd June.

Following the success of the Infant School Council this year, we have been looking to broaden out the range of pupil responsibilities and I was pleased to give out the badges to our first set of Pupil Librarians just before the half-term holidays.  Congratulations to the following pupils for being chosen for this responsibility: Evie Hall, Horatio Easterbrook, Dollie Dunford, Buddy Seymour, Joshua Collings, Elsie Cole, Ada Feltham, Charlie Shrimpton, Miley Simmons, Harley Athersuch, Dulcie Rogers and Callum Evans.

I would also like to give parents advance warning of our Presentation Assembly on the morning of Thursday 29th June.  Parents are invited to join us at 9.15am for a celebration of all of the achievements of the last year.  A letter will be coming home over the next fortnight to inform you of the prize that your child has nominated for and the arrangements for ordering tickets.

As we are changing classes midway through this term, the topics that the children are studying will also change.  Therefore, there are no Prep projects for the infant children for the final half-term.  Please can you continue to make reading the focus for homework for the half-term.  It is recommended that your child reads with you at least five times per week and it helps the teachers if this reading is recorded in the planner.  Many thanks for your continued support.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Hope you all had an enjoyable half term. Over the next few weeks the children will be very busy taking part in lots of exciting events which are taking place in school. Our topic will continue with the theme ‘Dinosaurs’. In class we are still looking at the different varieties of dinosaurs and their characteristics.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • We will have a class discussion to find out what facts we already know about dinosaurs;
  • Create fossils;
  • Help to develop number formation skills 0-10;
  • Dinosaur dig - excavate the bones and sort by size and shape;
  • Class to draw their own dinosaur, give it a name, what does it eat, where does it live - supporting writing skills.

Letter sounds for the week are ‘M’ and ‘N’. Please keep creating a collage and bring back into class as we share these at circle time to help promote letter sounds.

Dates to remember:

Sunbeams Sports Day 20th June weather permitting

Parent evening 21st June.

News Items

Pat Neil – Former Pupil

The school community is sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Pat Neil, a former pupil of the school and local legend. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Pat attended Northern Grammar School from 1950 and later played football for Pompey as well as becoming a local Headteacher. For more information about Pat, please click here:





Year 10 Ties

Please note that current year 10s are expected to buy a new year 11 tie for the start of the new academic year (next Wednesday, 21st June).

These are available for £5 and can be purchased in school (at pupil services) or directly from our uniform supplier, Penelope Ann.

If pupils wish to donate their old school tie to be used as a spare for younger pupils then please ask them to bring it to IE or pass to the behaviour team on the gate.

Resident Letter - June

You may be aware that Mayfield School, with the support of Portsmouth City Council, was successful in its bid for central government money to improve our facilities. We have been in discussion with the building contractors and we are at the stage where we now need to undertake a full site survey. This work is scheduled to take place between Monday 24th July and Friday 11th August. The survey will involve drilling a number of bore holes up to 15m in depth across the school site, including the playing fields. This work will generate noise and some additional traffic. Whilst the specific dates and times of work have not yet been agreed with the contractor we have sought to minimise the impact to local residents by arranging for:

All vehicles to be accommodated on the school site in a compound on the East Field;
All drilling to be restricted to take place between 9:00am and 4:00pm;
All bore holes to be made good after samples are taken.
We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused to local residents but hope you understand that it is vital that there is a full and accurate survey taken before final plans are drawn up and published. Once this work is completed we will be in a position to progress detailed planning which we will, of course, share with you at a later date.

I appreciate that we have had a number of building projects taking place on the school site over the last few years and thank you for the understanding you have shown.  If you have any further questions about this work, then please contact Huw Thomas on Huw.Thomas@esg.co.uk

Yours faithfully,

David Jeapes, Headteacher

Artist of the Week

Artist of the week this week is Mishka Cook in Year 10. We have started a new project called ‘In the Kitchen’ and Mishka has created some fantastic observational studies. Exploring scale, tone and detail the results are stunning, well done!


eBook Library News

Congratulations Mayfield School who are the school of the month for May 2017. Also issuing strongly were St. John's Cathedral Primary School and Flying Bull Primary Academy.   Many schools are showing consistently high levels of eBook borrowing - thank you for all your hard work promoting the service to your pupils, it is obviously paying off!

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Play in a Day

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