29 Jun 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher


With the academic promotion for our Senior Section now complete, I am very pleased to report that years 8 to 11 have made 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 focused 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.


Within our Primary Section we are now busy getting Year 4 classes ready so that during our transition events, children can begin to familiarise themselves with their new classrooms and teachers. I am very grateful to all of the Primary staff for the considerable amount of planning and preparation they are doing to make sure September gets off to a great start.


You will be aware that the school has been running its ‘Hot Weather Protocol’ over the last week. I can confirm that this has now been extended until Friday 6th July. As ever, 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 20th 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


The Senior Section have moved up to their next year very smoothly. It always amazes me how much just changing ties makes the new Year 11 seem more mature and focussed. The Moving on Assembly on Monday was very positive and we were delighted to have The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lee Mason to talk to our Year 11 and congratulate our Prefects and Senior Prefects.


I am delighted to announce that for 2018 -2019 our Senior Prefect Leadership team is:


Head Girl                           Helena Williams

Deputy Head Girl             Dani Turner

Head Boy                           Ryan Taylor

Deputy Head Boy             Callum Mansell


This week has seen two fabulous events at school. On Tuesday it was an absolute pleasure to watch nearly 150 pupils take part in the Dance Show. If you did not attend the event, I can assure you that you missed a treat! Please do look out for the next one as it will not disappoint. Well done to all who took part and thank you to all the Performing Arts team for staging the evening and a particular thank you to Miss Franklin and Miss Taylor for all the hours they have spent developing the dance talents of our young people.


The second event was our Presentation Evening on Wednesday. As usual the opportunity to say well done to so many Mayfield pupils was a pleasure and it made me very proud to present them all with their certificates and their 2018 award winner badges. Thank you to all the family members who came along to enjoy the success of their youngsters.


Year 8 have their Summer 2 Prep projects to be working on. Details of the projects can be found here:  Please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance if you have any questions regarding the Prep projects. A full list of tutors can be found here:


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary


I would like to start this week’s message by thanking all of the parents, friends and families who joined us for the Presentation Assemblies this week and helped to make these such special events for our school community.  I’m sure that you were so proud of your children and all that they have achieved over the last year!


We have had a really exciting afternoon in school this afternoon.  It started with our annual House Sorting event when the famous Mayfield sorting hat puts the current Year R pupils into their Houses for the rest of their school careers.  It was lovely to see the excitement of the rest of the Houses as the new children joined them.


Following this, the children found out which class they are due to be in for next year and went to visit their new classrooms before next week’s Transition Days.  There is a letter in your child’s book bag this evening to inform you of their class and teacher for September.


On Monday and Tuesday next week, the children will be in their new classes and classrooms.  Please drop off and pick up at the new classroom doors on these days.  On Tuesday between 3.30 and 4.30pm, all of the teachers will be available in their classrooms for drop-ins if you wish to come and meet them and talk about any issues about your child’s learning.  There is no need to make an appointment for these drop-ins – just come in when you are ready.  We will also be joined by our 30 new Year 3 children from other infant schools for the Transition Days.  I’m sure that we will make these new children and their families very welcome!


On Friday 6th July, we have our Sports Day on the West Field starting at 2pm.  All parents and families are welcome to attend this event with the entrance being through the Infant gate.  Victory House have won this event for the last two years, but the competition for the Sports Day Cup is going to be keenly contested this year with all of the other Houses desperate to get their first win in this event.


It looks like the sunny weather is going to continue into next week.  Please can you ensure that your child applies sun cream before coming to school.  We recommend that you use the daily sun cream that will last for the whole day, however, you may also wish to send in your own sun cream for your child to apply during the school day.  It is also essential that your child has a water bottle in school every day to ensure that they stay hydrated.  Finally, please also ensure that your child has a sun hat in school.  There is a special Mayfield sunhat available from our uniform supplier Penelope Anne.


We have organised a Summer School for the Primary section children again this year.  The Summer School will take place from 20th 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.


If your child falls into one of these groups, you will be sent a letter next week to offer you first priority for a Summer School place.  Following this, any remaining places will be offered to the rest of the Primary children on a first come, first served basis from Monday 9th July onwards.


Finally, pupils in Years R, 1 and 2 should now be working on their Summer ‘Prep’ projects. Copies of the projects can be found here: Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher 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 email addresses can be found here:


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

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:

  • Create fossils;
  • Help to develop number formation skills;
  • Dinosaur dig - excavate the bones and sort by size and shape;
  • Draw their own dinosaur, give it a name, write about what it eats and where does it live;
  • Promote writing skills and ascribe meaning to the marks they make.


Finally, a reminder Parents’ Evening will be held on Tuesday 10 July for the children who will be moving up to Reception classes.



News Items


Silly Scott’s - Family Magic Show

Year 11 - Leavers Assembly - 2018

Senior Sports Day - 2018

Year 11 - History Visit - Globe Theatre

Hot Weather Protocol - 29th July 2018


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Posted by Paul Borer

Category: Mayfield Messenger

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