23 Jun 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I am very pleased to report that we have had an excellent start to the new school year. Pupils have settled quickly into their new teaching groups and the atmosphere around the school is extremely focussed and calm. I am very grateful to all staff for their hard work in making sure rooms and books were ready to support the new academic year.

You will be aware that the school has been running it’s ‘Hot Weather Protocol’ over the last few days. Please check the website for the latest information about this. We encourage every child to bring water or juice into school every day. Note that fizzy drinks, including Lucozade are banned and should not be brought in. Water and juice bottles can be filled up in the canteens at breaks and lunch.

Finally, please be aware that on the final day of this term we will run an alternative school day:

Friday 21st July – pupils in ALL Years will be dismissed at 1.35pm. No extra-curricular.

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 has been a very busy, and a very hot week, for us. Sports Day went well on Monday and we eagerly await the results to find out which house has come out on top this year. It was a delight to watch some excellent performances from pupils in all years.

The old Year 11 have now officially left us and their Leaving Assembly on Tuesday reduced most who were there to tears as we celebrated their time with us. We wish them every happiness in whatever the future brings them and look forward to celebrating their GCSE results with them on Thursday 24th August.

All of our pupils have now moved up a year and were very fortunate to have the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth with us on Wednesday to talk to the new Year 11 in their Moving On Assembly. He exhorted them all to make the most of their time at school and to spend Year 11 working hard - a sentiment I would echo! In that assembly we announced the result of the vote for Head Girl and Head Boy. It was a very close contest with all the applicants doing themselves credit.

This year we are delighted to announce the following:

Head Girl                             Hannah Willmett

Deputy Head Girl              Iman Al-Sharrai

Head Boy                             Edward Ndlovu

Deputy Head Boy             Charlie Foord

Looking forward to next week we have our Senior Section Presentation evening on Thursday 29th June. If your child is to receive an award, a letter will have been sent to you. Please let us know if you will be attending as it is a popular event and we need to ensure sufficient seating capacity.

This week we have activated our Hot Weather Protocol. However, from Monday pupils should be in full uniform again, including blazers. If the weather gets as hot again you will be informed, via the website, if we need to reactivate the Hot Weather Protocol.

Finally, pupils in Years 8 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


It has been a week of moving on for the infants with the children starting in one class on Monday and then finishing the week in a new classroom.  Everybody has adapted to the change really well and the new Year 3s have particularly loved playing outside on the new Key Stage 2 Playground.

On Wednesday, we had our annual House Sorting event when the new Year 1s put on the Mayfield House ‘Sorting Hat’ that allocates them to their Houses for the rest of their school careers.  We were joined by the Heads of House from the Senior Section who gave out the new House Badges and gave the children a talk on what it means to be a member of their Houses.  It is important that the children now wear their House badges every day.

It was also a pleasure to welcome our new Year R parents for the Parents Induction Meeting on Thursday evening.  I appreciate that there was a lot of information to take in, so you can find a link to the Powerpoint presentation from the evening here.  We are looking forward to seeing you again for the forthcoming home visits, classroom visits and teddy bears’ picnic.

I hope that you have received a letter to invite you to our annual Awards Assembly on Thursday 29th June at 9.15am.  Space for this event is limited and we are expecting demand for tickets to be very high.  Therefore, can you please ensure that you return the reply slip by the end of school on Monday.  Tickets will be sent home in book-bags on Tuesday.

You are also warmly invited to our Primary Section Sports Day on Friday 7th July from 2.00pm 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.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

What a fantastic turn out for Sports Day!  Hope you enjoyed the event just as much as the children a great time was had by everyone.  Would like to thank my amazing staff for all their hard work on the day.  

Our topic will continue with the theme ‘Dinosaurs’.  We will be labelling and creating fact files on dinosaurs using information from books and stories.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Investigate objects and materials;
  • Find one more/one less than a number from 1-10;
  • Encourage the children to write down a fact they have learnt about the different dinosaurs.

Letter sounds for the week are: ‘Q’ and ‘R’

Finally, just to remind you, the Sleepover is on Friday 30th June.  Please arrive at Mayfield main entrance at 6.30pm with your children in their pyjamas and with their sleeping bags.

News Items

Moving On Assembly

On Wednesday 21st June, pupils in our Senior Section were welcomed into their new year groups. As is now customary at Mayfield, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth visited to lead an assembly to all of the new Year 11 assembly. Following his speech, Heads of House and Miss Louise Hillier, Head of Seniors gave out prefect ties and announced the Head Boy and Girl as well as their deputies:

Head Boy: Edward Ndlovu

Head Girl:  Hannah Willmett

Deputy Head Boy:  Charlie Foord

Deputy Head Girl:  Iman Al-Sharrai

Portsmouth school's sports presentation evening

Mayfield School attended the Portsmouth school's sports presentation evening on Thursday 22nd June hosted by Portsmouth College. Teams and individuals were nominated for several awards which included:

  • Helena Williams: Sport Leader of the Year:

Helena-helps out at many extra-curricular clubs, organising equipment, leading warm ups, organising teams and officiating games. She comes along to lower year fixtures to help out and is an excellent role model. Is also a sports leader helping with many activities on a city wide level. As a year 9 students she has gone above and beyond for the whole year.

  • Grace Stanley: Outstanding Achievement in School Sport:

Grace regularly attends after school sports activities at school and represents many of the school teams. It is in Netball where Grace particularly performs at an outstanding level. Grace has played centre for the school team this year and provides a superb link from defence to attack. Grace’s quick movements and ability to read the game means she is an asset to the team all over the court. It is not just her ability to play the game that is outstanding, Grace is a fantastic leader, advising and encouraging other members of the team.

  • Yamila Martin Young: Ambassador of the Year

Yamila is a great PE students and role model to others. She actively promotes GCSE PE and attends extra-curricular netball, tennis, rounders and athletics. She takes a lead role in all inter house events. She has recently become a Young sports leader helping out at citywide sporting events.

  • Lauren MaCauley: Extra-Curricular Award

Lauren coach’s gymnastics for Portsmouth schools gymnastic and trampolining club. She does 4 hours a week and up to two 7 hour days in the half term. This complements her active role in school and her dedication as a GCSE PE student.

  • Year 8 Football team: School Sports Team of the Year

Mayfield Year 8 Football team stormed to a 11-0 victory over Kings Richard school to secure the league and cup double which can only be described as a perfect season scoring 31 goals and not conceding a single goal throughout the year.

“This will be hard to repeat next year but the team have now been entered into the Hampshire Cup and we are looking forward to the challenge next season” (Captain Lawrence Cooper). 

  • Evan Harris: Most improved Player of the Year

Evan has made massive strides in his Football performance this season for club and school. He has quickly become a crucial player in a strong team concluding with a MOM performance in the cup final. His strength, vision and decision making brings the best out of others and himself. A true asset to the school. 

A fantastic evening, which was a great occasion to celebrate and appreciate the hard work shown throughout the year by these particular students/teams. We wish all our students the best of luck next year in PE and extra-curricular activities. 

Portsmouth Festivities 'Play in a Day'

On Monday Mayfield hosted Portsmouth Festivities 'Play in a Day'. Six schools from across the city came together to devise an original piece of theatre based on the theme of 'play'. The pieces were then performed in the main hall making use of the newly installed lighting system funded by the Friends of Mayfield. All schools did fantastically well especially in the heat of Monday. I am particularly proud of our pupils, while the majority of Mayfield pupils were out on sports day 9 of our most committed pupils stayed back and worked in school until 8.30pm. Two of our year 11 pupils who finished their last exam on the Friday, were back in school on Monday to help out and operate our lights. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication our pupils have to our school. Thank you to all the schools who were involved and to the members of staff who supported us. 

Year R Induction Evening

It was a pleasure to welcome the families of our new Year R at our Induction Evening on Thursday.  The evening marks the start of an induction process that also includes home visits, classroom visits and a teddy bears’ picnic just before the end of term.

Artist of the Week

Artist of the week this week is Emily Dowse. Completing a fantastic pencil study applying a wide range of tone. Emily has practised using symmetry and keeping proportion as accurate as she can. Well done!

Posted by Billy Woodhead

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