16 Jun 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Next week, marks the end of the academic year for all pupils at Mayfield. Following an INSET Day on Tuesday 20th June, the first day of the new academic year will be Wednesday 21st June. Upon their return, pupils in Year 11 will have a ‘moving on’ assembly in which Prefect ties will be handed out and Senior pupils, including the Head Boy and Girl will be announced.

You may be aware that raffle tickets were sent home to every family with the half term posting. If you would like to purchase all or some of these, then please do send stubs/cash and any unsold tickets to your child’s tutor (for Seniors) or class teacher (for Infants). Please click here for information about the FOM Summer Fete.

You may be aware that Mayfield, with the support of Portsmouth City Council, was successful in bidding for money to improve our facilities. We are now at the point where we need to undertake a full site survey. A letter to local residents can be found here.

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

The last full week of the academic year has passed, with just Sports day left before the timetable changes.

Sports Day is at The Mountbatten Centre on Monday 19th June. Pupils must arrive by 8.45am and as the weather is looking to be hot please make sure your child has:

  • a sun hat;
  • suncream;
  • a refillable water bottle - water will be available at the venue for refilling their bottles.

Please remember there are no facilities for buying food at the venue so pupils will need a packed lunch. Those pupils entitled to a free school lunch will pick up a picnic bag at the venue.

Tuesday is an INSET day so pupils should not attend school that day. However, the current Year 11 are invited to their Leavers Assembly on this day. It starts at 8.45am and is always a highlight of the school year. We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate their time with us and to say goodbye.

Wednesday is the start of our new academic year. The current Year 7 should be in school by 8.10am as they will have resilience, which will be in their normal rooms. All other pupils should be in school by 8.40am. There will be a tutor session during period 1. New Year 11 will also be having a Moving-on Assembly during this period. Please note that the new Year 11 will need to have purchased their Year 11 ties and they should be wearing them on this day.

Finally, pupils in Year 7 should now be working on their Summer 2 ‘Prep’ projects. Copies of the projects can be found here. These will be submitted to their new teachers at the end of the term.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary


I have been really proud of the way that the Year 1 children have engaged with the Phonics Screening this week.  Phonics Screening assesses children’s ability to decode a series of real and made up words using their knowledge of phonics and the results have been excellent again this year.  The parents of Year 1 children will receive a report before the end of term with their child’s results.

I was also proud of our Year 2 football teams in the Portsmouth Schools tournament at Goals last week.  Both of our teams played with great spirit, skill and enthusiasm and we scored lots of goals.  Our morning team finished third in their competition and the afternoon finished as runners up.  All of the children who took part received their certificates in Celebration Assembly this afternoon. 

We have some exciting events coming up over the next few weeks.  On Wednesday, we will be opening our Junior section for the first time.  Parents of Year 3 children will be dropping off and picking up at Amazons and Nile classroom doors and should use the gate off the front driveway to access these rooms.

On Thursday, we are looking forward to welcoming our new parents of the new Reception aged children for their Induction Meeting at 6pm in the Drama Studio.  We are delighted that you have chosen Mayfield as the school for your child from September!

We have our annual Awards Assembly on Thursday 29th June at 9.15am.  Letters will be sent to all of the prize winners next week and I hope that you will be able to join us for this celebration of all of the achievements from the past year.

You are also warmly invited to our Primary Section Sports Day on Friday 7th July from 2.00 till 3.30pm on the West Field.  All of the children will be taking part in a series of activities to try and win points for their Houses and the Sports Day Cup.  Last year’s winners were Victory – can they hold off the competition again this year?

We have organised a Summer School for the infant section children again this year.  The Summer School will take place from 21st to 25th August.  The school funds this Summer School through the Pupil Premium Grant and initially places are being targeted at children who fall into particular groups:

·         Children for whom the Pupil Premium provides support;

·         Children from Service families;

·         Children who are at risk of not meeting end of year expected levels in English and Mathematics;

Further details will be sent home next week.

Finally, some parents have expressed their unease to me about the nature of some comments in parents’ social media groups which have made comments about other peoples’ children.  Please can I remind you that our staff are always willing to listen and discuss any concerns that you may have.  Concerns can be raised at morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up times or by emailing the class teacher or myself.  This is the best way of ensuring that any concerns are dealt with quickly, effectively and fairly for all concerned.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

I would like to remind you that it is Sports Day on Tuesday 20th June weather permitting from 10am until 11.30. Please bring your children into school wearing their PE kit, refreshments will be available on the day all family members and siblings can attend.

Our topic will continue with the theme Dinosaurs. The children will be encouraged to look at the detail of dinosaurs. We will be setting up our role play as a dinosaur museum, which will allow us to explore fossils and take part in dinosaur digs.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

•    We will estimate, measure, classify and sort out dinosaurs;
•    We will also begin to use the language of Subtraction and introduce the Subtraction sign.

Letter sounds for the week ‘0’ ‘P’ We look forward to seeing your collages to share in class. 

News Items

Portsmouth Book Awards June 2017

A big well done to all of our pupil judges for the Portsmouth Book Awards 2017.  The winning author was Stewart Foster for his novel, ‘The Bubble Boy’.  The pupils attended the award ceremony at Action Stations in the Historic Dockyard where they were able to meet the winning author.

Whilst judging the novels, Mayfield pupils gave constructive and thoughtful feedback that clearly showed their passion for reading.  At the ceremony they were not only supportive of one another but also of the other schools attending. They represented the school very well and the pupils have said it had been an amazing day and want to take part next year.

Mayfield’s nominated reader of the year, Emilia Loake, was runner up in the Portsmouth Reader Of The Year and was winner of the Artist Competition.

A massive well done to our pupil judges!

  • Emily Martin
  • Owen Lashley
  • Liam Rogers
  • Madison Webb
  • Maddison Headland
  • Lia Breeze-Jones
  • Coral Ormston
  • Tiana Fray
  • Emilia Loake


Year 7 IGNITErs Attend the Winchester Science Centre ‘STEMFEST’


On Thursday, Miss Eveleigh escorted ten of our Year 7 IGNITErs to the Winchester Science Centre so they could attend the ‘STEMFEST’. This event focussed on the use of STEM, and was sponsored by the Winchester Science Centre, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

After sharing a coach to the Centre with other local schools, our students experienced a STEM-based event based upon the theme of the air ambulance itself, a great charity and a perfect example of how the different aspects of STEM work and link together to create something that is valuable to our everyday lives. It also highlighted the importance of the subjects we study in our curriculum, showing how they can all link together, our students solving puzzles based upon the lessons we cover in school.

Please read these accounts, written by some of our students who attended the event:  

“Today, we went to the Winchester Science Centre. They had teamed up with some paramedics and we did STEM-based activities with them.
When we got off the coach, we went into a big marquee and a teacher from another school explained what we were doing for the day. Our first activity was maths related and we had to work out how far the paramedics had to fly to get to Bishops Waltham (where the girl had hurt herself, this was made up). After that we had to work out how much weight they had spare on the helicopter.
After we had done this, we went into the sun room and watched the paramedics do a demonstration on a dummy of what they would need to do if the girl was alive. The dummy was actually breathing!
We then had ‘free time’ to explore the hands-on exhibits. My favourite was the running one. After visiting the shop, we then had a group photo, then as it was near the end of our magnificent day, we went back into the marquee, where the two teachers who arranged it talked to us and we all said thank you for the lovely experience. Some helpers gave our teachers lights, bracelets and a badge each for us all. Each teacher also got a few presents and we brought ours back to school.
Thanks to all the teachers, we had a glorious day. It would not have been able to happen if it wasn't for them. THANK YOU!”
“Our trip on Thursday to the Winchester Science Centre was a blast. We were all on the coach with a few other schools. When we got there, we were all excited about the ongoing day. At first we were given some snacks as a welcoming gift. Then all of the schools split up into 3 groups. Our school was Group A. Our first activity was to plan out the journey of an air ambulance and how much fuel it could carry. This was very fun and made us use our STEM skills to work it out. The next activity we had was the job of the ambulance crew. We didn’t have to actually do anything but we saw how the paramedics treat a patient and how to do it. Last of all, we had some free time where we could do anything we want with the exhibits, as the Winchester Science Centre has a lot of activities and machines that we could use. There was so many and not enough time to use all of them thoroughly. We managed to get a glimpse on what they all did. They all had some type of scientific reasoning but in a more practical visual way. When we were on the coach back to school, everyone was excited and was talking about the trip. It was a great day out. We all had a fantastic time.”
“Today we went on trip to the Winchester Science Centre, which was really interesting. It consisted of learning how to save someone's life efficiently using certain transport. Afterwards we got to look around the science museum (my favourite area was the 'science of sports’ since it had wheelchair basketball and complex gadgets). Before we left we had the opportunity to watch a helicopter fly over the Centre. It was a great day!”
“Today, we went to the Winchester Science Centre and it was great. First, we had a meeting which was telling us why we were there then after we had a set of activities we had to do.
The first activity we did was found out how pilots work out how fast they can travel to an injured patient by using the distance, speed and time. Next we went to a room to find out how to help an injured patient. Next we went to the upstairs area to have free time and use the games. Finally, we went outside and watched a helicopter fly over the building before we got back on the coach to come back to school.”

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.

Artist of the Week

Artist of the week this week is Mia Pottinger in Year 7. Mia has created a skull design based on our day of the dead project. Demonstrating graduated shading and great painting techniques within her work. Well Done!

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

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