11 January 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I would like to wish all members of our community a ‘Healthy and Happy 2019’. With the end of year celebrations now fading quickly in our memory, I would like to thank all of those who supported our various events and performances. In particular, I would like to highlight the efforts of the ‘Friends of Mayfield’. This is a group of parents and friends who organise events throughout the year to raise funds for the school and bring our community together. They are always looking for extra help from anyone with an association with the school. If you are interested in becoming part of this group then please email Mrs Judith Firth, Chair FOM, on firthJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

I would like to remind all of our community that we have a number of dedicated staff that are very happy to support parents, carers and the wider family of any pupil in our school. Please do not hesitate to contact them for information, help and advice:

For support with:

Email address

Special educational needs including in class support, dyslexia screening and adjustments for examinations;


Safeguarding issues at home or in school;


Behavioural issues at home or in school;


Attendance issues


Health and well-being including accessing the school’s nurse;


Careers guidance including college applications;


Applying for Free School Meals


Service children and those in receipt of the ‘Pupil Premium Grant’


Head of Early Years


Anything else!



Over the holiday you should have received a letter containing your child’s report, 2019 calendar and a letter from me. If you did not get this or have recently moved house, please alert Mrs. Helen Patis, SIMS Manager on  patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Spring 1. This can be downloaded here.


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior


We have welcomed back our pupils to the Spring term and have been delighted with the standard of the uniform of most of our pupils. I would like to remind parents that pupils are not permitted false nails and these should be removed at the end of holidays before a term begins. If your child does have their nails done for a special occasion can you please book in a removal session, prior to school starting, to avoid any difficulties. Thank you in anticipation of your support in this matter.

Monday sees the start of a four-week exam block for us with an entire set of Year 11 mocks as well as exams in Maths and English for Year 10. The timetable for these exams can be found here.

I am delighted to announce that our staff in Maths, English and Science are running sessions at 8:15am where there is a morning exam for Year 11 to warm up their brains and get them ready to do their best in the exams. Please encourage your child to be at school early enough to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

We have a Year 7 Parents Evening on Thursday 7th February from 4pm to 7pm. Booking for this evening is through our online booking system which is in on our website here. If you have any problems using this system please contact reception on 02392 693432 and they will be able to help you. We look forward to seeing you at this evening.

All Year 7 and 8 pupils have Prep projects that they should be completing. Details of these are on our website here. Please see your child’s planner for interim dates and deadlines. We had a fantastic completion rate last half-term and it is wonderful to see the pupils developing their independent study habits so well.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
















We have had a very purposeful and focused first week of 2019 and I have been very impressed with how quickly the children have snapped back into their learning.

Our Learning Superpower for this half-term is Responsible.  Our assembly on Monday focused on how the children can show responsibility at school and at home and it was a pleasure to give out the first Responsible Awards in Celebration Assembly this afternoon.

The children have been set two challenges for this half-term that link to the superpower of Responsible. 

Following a successful trial with Year 4, we are organising a Mayfield Winter Reading Challenge where each child aims to read at home at least five times per week for each week of this half-term.  Pupils in Year 3 and 4 are able to record this reading for themselves in their planners.  The reading at home for children in Years R, 1 and 2 needs to be recorded by the parents in the planner.  Every child who completes this challenge will be invited to a special Reading Reward Tea at the end of this half-term.  Please encourage your child to take responsibility for their reading and to be part of this challenge for Spring 1.



On Wednesday, we had a visit from Stomper to launch the Pompey Monster Stomp to School Challenge.  This challenge encourages the children to take responsibility for their health and fitness and the local environment by walking, scooting or cycling to school instead of coming by car.  Leaflets and maps were sent home in the book-bags to explain more about the Stomp to School Challenge.  Copies of these can be found here.  Parents need to register their children to take part in this challenge at http://bit.ly/2QwzZL9 and the Challenge starts in the week beginning 21st January.  Your child will be awarded a special Pompey Monster key ring for every week that they walk, cycle or scoot to school.


The Spring 1 Extra-Curricular Clubs all started this week.  We use the Booking System to make sure that we have accurate lists of which children so that we are able to account for every child in an emergency.  As soon as the Booking System for Extra-Curricular closes, Mrs Guy works on the club lists for each club and the registers are then shared with each class.  It is therefore not possible to add children to the Spring 1 clubs or for children to change club after the Booking System has closed.


Each year group has started their new topic for Spring 1 this week and I hope that you have received this half-term’s Topic Plan including the Prep project in the book-bag.  Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any queries or questions about the Prep projects for Spring 1.


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
















Welcome back after the Christmas break and a very Happy New Year. It's been a lovely first week back with lots of exciting conversations between the children and staff discussing what presents they received.


Could I just remind you that if you have changed your phone or mobile phone number can you give your new details into the office. It's important that we have on record your correct contact details including a home address in case of an emergency. The weather is extremely cold at the moment could you ensure that your children have on their winter coat, with a hat and gloves as we play outside daily.


Our topic over the next month will be ‘Winter’. We will explore and investigate changes in the environment, looking at colour, textures, shape and form.


Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Discuss the changes that we observe;
  • Look at snowflakes and frost using magnifying glasses, talk about what shapes or patterns they observe;
  • Creative work making the class display;
  • Create a snowman using a variety of shapes developing mathematical language.

Letter-sound for next week is 'O'.  We look forward to seeing your lovely creations.


Homework will be sent home from next week, please complete and bring back into class.


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