25 Jan 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

We are hoping to recruit new members to the school’s fundraising group called “The Friends of Mayfield”. This group comes together to organise a range of fun events such as the Christmas Fayre, Summer Fete and after-school activities which help bring the school community together and provide an invaluable income stream. Being a member of this group is also a great way to meet new people and share your skills and experience. There is no minimum time commitment and the FOM are happy for volunteers to give as little or as much time as can be spared. If you are someone you know wishes to find out more, please contact Mrs. Judith Firth, Chair FOM on FirthJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk


Please be aware that as we come to the end of this half term, we will be posting out a letter to all parents and carers as well as sending home reports for all pupils. It is essential that we have your correct contact details. If these have changed recently, then please alert us by sending an email to our SIMS Manager, Mrs. Helen Patis 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.


Finally, we have been asked by local residents to alert you to the fact that the road between 117 and 119 Hewett Road is, in fact, a private road maintained by local residents and that this should not be used for parking. Thank you in anticipation for your support in this matter.


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Looking forward to Friday 1st February we are celebrating Number Day throughout the school. Senior pupils are able to replace their blazer and shirt with a top that has a number on it for £1- perhaps a perfect opportunity to sport a Football top for the day! We look forward to seeing the variety of tops! In addition, on the day there will be a Marketplace of games and activities for the pupils to take part in so could you encourage your child to come to school with some money so they can take part. All money raised goes to the NSPCC which is a great cause and one we are happy to be supporting.

We have had two Maths teachers from Shanghai working in school for two weeks. They have taught a Year 7 class and a Year 8 class over the two weeks. The two classes participated in demonstration lessons in the hall where teachers came from all over the South of England to watch the lessons. The pupils that took part were an absolute credit to us and our visiting teachers were highly complimentary of their behaviour and attitude throughout.

Booking for the Year 7 Parents evening on Thursday 7th February is now open. The booking system is online and there is a link to it on our website here. Please contact reception if you have any difficulties booking appointments.



Pupils in Years 7 and 8 should have received their Spring 1 ‘Prep’ projects over the holiday and be working on them. A copy of the projects can be found here. If your child is having difficulty with any aspect of the project, then they should contact their tutor. Contact details can be found here.


Can I please remind parents that we do not allow pupils to have mobile phones out during the school day, they should be turned off and in bags or pockets whilst the pupils are on the school site. If a phone is seen by a member of staff, then it will be confiscated. If you need to contact your child during the day, please call the main reception and they will be able to get a message to your child. Thank you for your support in this matter.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary





Year 1 had a wonderful day at the Dockyard last Friday.  It was fascinating to learn all about Admiral Lord Nelson and the Victory and I was very proud of how well the children engaged with all of the activities.  The behaviour of all of the children was exemplary and Year 1 were excellent ambassadors for our school.  Well done!









The Pompey Stomper Challenge got underway this week with over 250 children signed up to take part.  The challenge aims to reduce traffic and air pollution around the school, while also encouraging children to choose a healthy lifestyle.  The challenge is now to walk to and from school at least 3 times per week to qualify for the award of one of the key rings at lunchtime on the following Wednesday.  The pedometers have created a lot of excitement and interest in school and some children have already clocked up an incredible number of steps.  Please make sure that the children have their Week 1 sheet filled in and in school on Wednesday to claim their Stomper key ring.



This half-term, we are also focusing on developing a lifelong love of reading with the Primary children.  We are now mid-way through our Winter Reading Challenge and I am very impressed with the numbers of children who are reading at home at least five times per week.  Our special Winter Reading Challenge certificates arrived in school this week ready for the Celebration Reward Tea at the end of the half-term.  Mrs Hall, our English Leader in KS2, has also been working with the school library on a range of initiatives to support reading and more details about these new approaches can be found here.


Following last year’s successful event, Mrs Sheppard has organised another ‘My Only Limitation Is My Ambition (MOLIMA) Week’ when we have a number of visitors from a range of different jobs and careers to get the children to start thinking about what they would like to do when they are older.  This year, we have an actor, an illustrator, a photographer, a scientist, an author and a footballer coming in and it promises to be a fascinating week.  In preparation for the week, Mrs Sheppard has organised a poster competition and more information can be found here.  For Years 1 – 4 this Poster Competition is also our House Competition for this half-term and every poster that is entered will win points for your House.


We are also looking forward to the NSPCC Number Day next Friday.  Miss Lewis has organised a great range of activities throughout the day and each year group has the opportunity to take part in a sponsored event to raise money for this charity.  More details about the events for each year group can be found here.


We are now midway through the Spring 1 half-term and I hope that your child is making good progress with their Prep project for their new topic.  Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any queries or questions about the projects for this half-term.


Letters sent home this week


  • Year 1 Homework Letter
  • MOLIMA Competition Letter
  • KS2 Reading Changes letter



Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery


This week we will be taking part in the NSPCC Number Day with the upper school on Friday 1st February.


Our maths activities will be, find the missing number and a counting game, we shall also be sending home a let’s get cooking for Number Day recipe as part of their homework for this week. In class the topic will continue with winter, we shall be looking at cause and effect.


Learning intentions linked to class subject:


  • Respond to new ideas and experiences;
  • Anticipate what is going to happen next;
  • Record findings using digital media.


Letter sound in class will be 'Q' we enjoy seeing your lovely work and we use these to promote speech sounds at circle time. Just a reminder please remember to label all items of clothing.


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