4 May 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I hope all members of our community feel that the school is making good progress and are happy with all aspects of the work of the school. However, we recognise that, from time to time, issues may arise given cause for dissatisfaction or complaint. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the school’s work, then please do contact me using any of the methods below;

E: Hollis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk
T: 023 9269 3432
F: 023 9266 5298
W: Mayfield School, Mayfield Road, PO2 0RH

If you raise an issue with the school, you can expect:

  • The school to deal with your issue seriously, courteously and in-line with Governing Body policies and procedures;
  • An apology and remedial action, in cases where the school is found at fault.

Please find here links to key Governing Body policies.

To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 1.

*School closed to all pupils on Monday 7th May 2018*

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

We have been to four Portsmouth Cup Finals this week and have won three! Congratulations to all the boys involved and the staff who give up their time to manage the teams. It was lovely to see so many pupils come and support their peers- as well as parents.

We have three teams in the Hampshire Cup Finals at Fratton Park on Wednesday 23rd May. I know this will be a great evening’s entertainment so please do pop that date in your diary.

Years 7 and 8 have their Summer 1 Prep to be completing before the May half-term. Full details of the projects can be found here.

We still have exams ongoing for Years 8, 9 and 10 as well as GCSE exams for Year 11. Revision information is available on the website here. Please note, we have a homework club on every night in room 151 where staff would be happy to help pupils with any revision they have. Please remember that if your child is ill on the day of an exam then it is imperative you alert us by contacting pupil services on:

Email - pupilservices@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk
Answer phone - 02392 693 432 ext 236
Phone - 02392 693 432 ext 271
Text/Call – 07908676745

The weather is looking to be warming up over the next few weeks so can you please remind your child to come to school with a water bottle which can be refilled as necessary during the day. Staying hydrated is so very important for all of us, and a bottle to sip from is the best way of ensuring that this happens. As a school, we are very aware of the national movement to stop using disposable plastic cups and want to support it. We will offer a cup in an emergency but the onus on bringing in a bottle to refill is on each member of the school community.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

The highlight of this week was the Year 1 trip to the Harold Hillier Gardens as part of our Gardener’s World topic.  Hopefully, the weather stayed dry and the children thoroughly enjoyed their day out!

We have another ‘first’ for the Primary Section next week when Year 3 begin their swimming lessons on Tuesday afternoons, with the lessons continuing for the next 10 weeks.  For these lessons, girls will require a one-piece swimming costume (no bikinis please) while boys will need a pair of trunks or swimming shorts (no Bermudas or long sports shorts please).  All children will need a swimming hat and a towel. They may also choose to bring goggles if they wish.  Can you please make sure that all swimming kit and towels are clearly marked with your child’s name and that they are brought into school on Tuesday in a waterproof or plastic bag. 

Year 2 children are working tremendously hard towards their End of Key Stage 1 assessments.  We have arranged for a parents’ information meeting on Wednesday 9th May to go through the arrangements for the SATS and to explain how the results will be reported.  We are very keen that the children do not feel anxious about these assessments and are trying to keep the school days as normal as possible.  Therefore, these meetings are for parents only and will take place in the Breakfast Club room at 3 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday.  There is no need to book in advance for these meetings – just come along on the day.

We are also looking forward to welcoming the parents of Year R children to our Royal Wedding Tea Party on Wednesday afternoon.  The children have been working hard to plan this celebration and I’m sure that it is going to be a wonderful event. 

Your child should have brought home a proof of their class photo and our whole school photo this week, as well as details of how these can be ordered.  Please, can you put in your orders by Friday 11th May.

We are now half-way through this half-term and your child is hopefully making good progress with their current Prep project.  I am always amazed at the quality of the Prep projects that come into school, but please see your child’s teacher if your child is struggling with the current project or you are not sure what to do.

Finally, Mrs Guy is starting to plan the Extra-Curricular clubs for Summer 2.  We are going to try to give parents more information about what each clubs entails on the website before you choose the clubs for your child so that you can make a more informed choice of whether they will enjoy the activities or not.  Mrs Guy is always keen to hear from parents who have a keen interest that they would like to share with the children in one of our clubs.  Please email Mrs Guy on GuyM@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk if you have a particular interest or talent and are able to come in and support the Extra-Curricular programme.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Our topic is still continuing with Spring, we are looking at planting and growth. This week the children will be recording any changes they have observed in their seedlings by using digital cameras and mark making implements. We have also planted sunflower seeds to take home and record any changes they observe in their Sunflower Diary. These will be sent home at the end of the week.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Make an accurate observational painting of plants or flowers;
  • Count sets of objects reliably;
  • Use digital cameras;
  • Design their own flowers for class display.

Words of the week are 'my' and is'.

If parents have any plants, compost or plant pots that are longer needed and which you could donate to the school to support the children with their class topic, it would be greatly appreciated. 

News Items


Governing Body of Mayfield School

Please be aware that we are in the process of recruiting new members to the Governing Body of Mayfield School. Governors play a key role in setting the strategic direction of the school and both support and challenge the leadership to ensure that Mayfield continues to improve. To find out more, email Mrs Pat Janiec on pat.janiec@ntlworld.com

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