18 Jan 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Mayfield is able to access additional funding for any pupil who fits the criteria for ‘Pupil Premium’ (PP). This includes:

  • Pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), i.e. school age pupils whose household income is less than £16,190 or pupils who have been entitled to a FSM in any of the preceding six years;
  • Service Personnel Children i.e. the child of a parent (s) who works in the UK armed forces;
  • Any child who has left Local Authority care due to adoption, guardianship or subject to a Child Arrangement Order.

If you believe that your child may be eligible for this funding then please alert Mrs. Jackie Hamilton on Hamilton@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


The first week of the Year 11 mock examinations has gone very well. I have been very proud of the mature way that the pupils have conducted themselves. We have another couple of weeks to go and the full timetable is available on the website here. Staff will be marking the examinations over the next couple of weeks to inform predictions for the Summer exams as well as identifying areas for improvement. There are a number of Period 0 and 6 sessions running for Year 11 this half-term, please check with your child if they should be attending. Mr Gibson coordinates our Year 11 so if you have any questions about these sessions he can be contacted on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk. Your child’s Head of House would be delighted to talk to you about any aspect of your child’s time at school. Their contact details are on the website here.


Please note that Year 10 Mayfields begin on 29th January and the timetable for these is also available on our website here.


The Year 7 Parents Evening on7th February from 4pm to 7pm is now available for booking. There is a link to the booking system on our website here. If you have any issues booking appointments, please contact the school reception where a member of the admin team will be happy to help you.


Pupils in Years 7 and 8 should be working on their Spring 1 ‘Prep’ projects. A copy of the projects can be found here. If your child is having difficulty with any aspect of the project then they should talk to their tutor. If you wish to contact their tutor then contact details can be found here.


I would like to take the opportunity to remind the parent of any pupil who rides to school that pupils MUST have a cycle helmet. There is so much evidence to support the fact that cyclists involved in accidents who are wearing a helmet are less likely to be seriously injured and we want our pupils to be as safe as possible. We only allow bikes to be left in our bike sheds if a pupil has a cycle helmet. In addition, with the darker mornings and evenings it is very important that your child’s bike has working lights. Thank you for your support in this matter.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
















We have had another very purposeful week with all of the classes getting into their new topics.  We had a Fire Engine come to visit Year R on Wednesday as part of the ‘People Who Help Us’ topic and Year 1 are off to the Historic Dockyard today as part of their ‘All Hands On Deck’ topic.  I’m sure that it will be a great trip!


To help the continued development of the Primary section, we have some new staffing appointments at the start of this term.  Mrs Buck and Miss Lewis are now Assistant Headteachers with key responsibilities across the Primary phase.  Mrs Buck has responsibility for Inclusion, Intervention, Safeguarding and working with parents and families, while Miss Lewis now has responsibility for developing the Curriculum and Teaching and Learning.   This means that Miss Lewis needs additional time out of class, so Mrs Jones is now teaching the Amazons on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.


The weather has turned much colder this week.  Therefore, It, is important that the children come to school in a proper winter coat with a hat and gloves as we continue to have playtimes outside throughout the winter.  Can I also remind parents that boots are not allowed as part of our school uniform.  Please can you ensure that your child comes to school in black school shoes.


We have had an amazing response to the Pompey Stompers Challenge which starts on Monday.  The pedometers and Stomper maps will be given out to the children who are signed up for the Challenge on Monday.  The key rings will then be given out each Wednesday to the children who have managed to walk to and from school at least 3 times in the previous.  More information about the Stomper Challenge can be found here and you can still register your child to take part via http://bit.ly/2QwzZL9


We have also had a great response to the Winter Reading Challenge with lots of children managing to read at least five times per week at home in the first week back.    Children who manage to read five times per week for the whole half-term will be rewarded with a Certificate and an invite to our special Reward Tea with the chance to win some wonderful raffle prizes. Please keep up the focus on the home reading as it really does a make a difference.


Finally, a couple of letters have gone home in the book-bags this week.  Copies of these letters can be found here:

Meet The Author Letter & Year 4 Minstead Final Letter.


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
















We will continue with the theme Winter. In class, we will look at different textures, shape, and form manipulating various media and materials to achieve their planned effect. Through these activities, the children will be able to articulate their own ideas and extend their own learning through asking questions.


Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Put together a Snowman using a variety of shapes developing mathematical language;
  • Take part in a Winter Walk discussing what they see, hear, smell, and touch;
  • Create Ice hangings for observing throughout the day.

Letter-sound is 'P' looking forward to seeing your lovely creations which we use to promote speech sounds.

Just a gentle reminder! Could you clearly label your children's school uniform to prevent these items from getting lost or going home with the wrong child. The teaching staff don't always have the time to locate lost uniform especially when they are not clearly labelled, so please ensure all items of uniform and clothing have your child’s name inside.


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