8 Sep 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I am pleased to report that we have had a very smooth start to the school year. The atmosphere in lessons is very focussed and the behaviour around the school is excellent. Bearing in mind that we have welcomed 260 new pupils, this is a testament to all of the effort that staff and pupils have put into transition work. I would like to remind all of our community that the Governing Body of the School has decided to increase the size of Year 3 by 30 spaces from September 2018. We are running a number of admission events this term. To find out more about joining Mayfield please email our admissions team on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

Please be aware that the school receives additional funding for any pupil who:

  • is or has been eligible for free school meals in the last six years;
  • has a parent or carer in the armed services.

If you believe that your child is eligible for additional funding, then please do alert us by contacting Mrs. Jackie Hamilton on Hamilton@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

Extra-curricular clubs are now running in all sections of the school. If your child is in the infant section, these must be booked via the ‘online booking system’ which can be found here. If your child is in the senior section, they just need to turn up on the correct day. A full programme can be found here

On Thursday 28th September there is a Tutor and Information Evening from 4.00-6.00pm for the new Year 7 pupils and parents.  The online booking system is now live for you to book an appointment with your child’s Tutor.

Finally, I would like to highlight the work of the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ (FOM). The FOM are a group of volunteers that support the school by organising events throughout the year. They are always looking to recruit new members…. even if you only have a few hours once in a while spare! If you would like to find out more, please contact them on fom@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

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome 200 new Year 7 pupils to Mayfield on Tuesday. They look so smart and have made a very positive start to their secondary education. They have each joined one of our ‘vertical tutor groups’ with a group tutor. I would very much encourage all new parents to the school to drop their child’s tutor an email to say “hello” or ask about how your child is settling in. A full list of senior section tutors can be found here.

The pupils in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 have also started back well and the standard of our pupils’ uniform and equipment is extremely high. I would like to thank all parents and carers for their commitment to our uniform and dress code.

We were very fortunate to have a visitor into our assemblies this week to talk about “Establishing Good Habits”, which was our Theme of the week.  September is a good time to remind all our pupils about the importance of working at home. Year 7 and 8 have “Prep” to complete, details of which are here, as well as ongoing Mathematics homework. Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 can expect homework in all their subjects. Year 11 have mock examinations in Mathematics, English and Science in the week beginning 18th September so should be revising at home for these. There are some links to revision and the timetable for that week here.

The Wilkie Scholarship is open to any pupil in Year 11 and provides two fully funded scholarships for pupils to attend The Portsmouth Grammar School. If you are interested in applying for the 2018 scholarship, then please write a letter to the Headteacher of Mayfield School outlining:

  • Your significant achievements to date;
  • How a place at The Portsmouth Grammar School will support your future ambitions;
  • Why you are the best person for the scholarship.

Letters should be no more than 500 words and returned by Friday 15th September to Mrs. Lynne Hollis, PA to the Headteacher.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if your child is absent then you should please contact us as soon as possible by one of the following methods:

Email: attendance@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

Phone: 02392 693 432 ext 236 (answer phone)

Attendance: 02392 693 432 ext 271

Text/Call: 07908676745

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had a great start to the new school year in the Primary section. Our new Reception children have settled in superbly and are coping really well with adapting to the routines of the school day.  They all looked fantastic in their new uniform on the first day.  It was also lovely to see the Year 1, 2 and 3 children return on Tuesday after the summer holidays looking so smart and grown up too.  Please can you continue to support our very high standards by ensuring that the children in Years 1 to 3 wear their House badges and blazers to school each day.

I would also like to thank the staff and children for the excellent Summer School that took place during the holidays.  The children who attended worked really hard on keeping up their skills in English and Maths and seemed to benefit greatly from coming into school for the week. We are hoping that the Summer School will become a regular part of our school calendar and are already thinking about how we could make next year’s even better.  I will be sending out a short questionnaire to parents of the children who attended so that you can give us feedback.

I’m delighted to hear that lots of the children have managed to complete the ‘Animal Agents’ Summer Reading Challenge at their local library and have therefore qualified for the reward picnic with Mrs Sheppard which will be held on Friday 22nd September.  There is still time to complete the Challenge and get the Certificate or Medal that will lead to your invite to our reward picnic.

We have the School Photographer visiting next week to take photos of Year R and 1 on Monday and Years 2 and 3 and sibling groups on Tuesday. Further information about how parents can buy these photographs will follow later this term.

The parents of Year 3 children will have received a letter in the book bags about individual Music tuition.  We have a few spaces for Year 3 children in guitar, woodwind, voice, piano/keyboard and drums, but I’m sure that these will fill up quickly.  Please return your reply slip to the class teacher as soon as possible.

The Topic Plans and Prep projects for this half-term have also been sent home this week.  The Prep projects for Autumn 1 are due in on Monday 16th October.

Finally, you may have noticed the new signage and cameras outside the Infant Gate that have appeared over the summer holidays.  Following a successful campaign by parents and residents, Portsmouth City Council have installed parking monitoring cameras to ensure that people do not park on the school markings between 8.00am and 5.00pm, or else they will be fined.  Thank you to all of the parents who have supported this initiative to keep our children safe – your community spirit is greatly appreciated!

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

I would like to welcome you all back after the summer holidays and, for those who have just joined us, welcome.  The children have settled into the school routine really well and are beginning to show an understanding of class boundaries and routines.  Could I just ask that all your children’s items of clothing have their name marked clearly inside to prevent any items becoming lost.

Our topic in class is ‘All About Me’.  We will be exploring and discussing our own feelings, what makes you happy and the feelings of others.  This will help to develop confidence in the use of language when talking about themselves and others.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • To explore and discuss own feelings;
  • Extend their vocabulary and confidence in their use of language;
  • Counting accurately 1-1 correspondence;
  • To look at similarities and differences.

The letter sound for the week is ‘A’.  Please could you create a collage with your child and bring back into class on Thursday, we would like to share these at circle time to help with speech sounds.

Homework will be sent home from next week, this is linked to class topics.  We will also send home your child’s library books.

News Items

Parliament Trip – Year 8

Click here for the Houses of Parliament Trip presentation

Click here for the reply letter

Your child has shown interest in an educational tour and workshop at the Houses of Parliament taking place on Wednesday 27thSeptember. This is an excellent opportunity to see inside one of the most important historical and political institutions in the country.

Students will need to arrive at school at the normal time in normal school uniform and will aim to return by 5 o’clock, depending on traffic. We will be travelling to and from London in a coach which will drop and pick us up from the Houses of Parliament. Students will need to bring a packed lunch. During the trip students will be required to go through a security check (similar to an airport) so all non-essential items should be left at home for the day.

The cost of this trip is £21.00. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Should student behaviour cause concern over this period then we will withdraw the offer of a place.

Please return the reply slip below, cheque/cash and completed medical form to the General Office by Tuesday 12th September.

Kind regards

Miss Richards   

Assistant Head Teacher

Posted by Billy Woodhead

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