1 Feb 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I would like to remind all of our community that we have a number of members of staff which are available to support any parent or carer through any difficulties. Their help is free of charge and all support requests are treated in the strictest of confidence.
Simply email them using one of the addresses below to access help:

For support with:

Email address

safeguarding issues at home or in school;



in class teaching assistants and referrals to our Educational Psychologist;



dyslexia screening;


access arrangements for pupils taking examinations;


mental health and referrals to our ELSA team;


specific additional learning needs and referrals to our LSA team;


specific additional needs for pupils with physical impairments including temporary injuries;


behavioural issues at home or in school including detentions;


attendance or punctuality issues;


Health, medication 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’



admissions including booking a tour;


online payment systems;


primary extracurricular clubs


Anything else!



As ever, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress then please do contact your child’s Head of House or Head of Phase via email:


DenfordP@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                Acting Head of Victory House

Webb@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                       Head of Discovery House

Jonesj1@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                    Head of Intrepid House

Campbell@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                 Head of Endeavour House

StedmanM@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk             Head of Primary

BuckJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                       Assistant Headteacher, Primary

LewisJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                      Assistant Headteacher, Primary

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the support we offer pupils in Years 10 and 11 around careers advice and guidance. We have a dedicated school careers advisor who offers all pupils an initial interview with follow up as required. If your child is in Years 10 or 11 and remains uncertain as to their options post 16, then please email our careers advisor, Mrs. Kelly Chinorwadza, Chinorwadza-Kelly@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk  to arrange a follow-up meeting. A full list of college open days can be found here.


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Year 10 undertook their Mayfield’s in Mathematics and English this week. Their approach to these exams was excellent and I was very proud of them. The results for these will be given directly to the pupils but a summary document will be sent to parents in the Spring 2 posting. Year 11 will be given their Mock results on Monday 25th February and there is an opportunity for you to discuss these with your child’s teachers on Thursday 21st March- please put that date into your diary as we would love to see you.

There are still a number of spaces available on our Independent Revision Evening on Wednesday 13thFebruary – please note that this event will take place from 6.00-7.00pm and is suitable for parents of pupils in Years 9-11. During the session we will show you successful revision strategies that your child has been taught and how you can support them with these strategies at home. Places can be secured through our normal booking system on the website here. If you have any questions then please contact Mr Gibson (gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk).


Year 8 will begin their Options Process in the next two weeks. They will have several assemblies introducing them to the process and this information will be available to parents at the Parent’s evening on 28th February and on the website. Any questions about the process should go to Mrs Cleary (clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk) and any questions about what your child should study is best directed to the tutor, list here or to the subject teacher concerned.


Our school rules state that the only jewellery that can be worn is one earring in the lobe of each ear and a watch. No other piercings are allowed and if seen your child will be asked to remove them.  Please encourage your child to leave all other jewellery, particularly rings and bracelets, safely at home. Thank you for your support in this matter.


Pupils in Years 7 and 8 should have received their Spring 1 ‘Prep’ projects over the Christmas 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 subject teacher. Contact details can be found here.



Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had a wonderful Number Day today.  Each year group has had the chance to take part in a Maths challenge to raise money for the NSPCC and it was great that some of the Seniors were able to come down and join in with our activities.  Thank you for supporting your child with their sponsorship money.


On Wednesday, we had the first keyring exchange as part of the Stomper Challenge.  There has been a tremendous response to the challenge with 80% of children signed up.  Next week’s character is Stripes and the children need to bring in their signed Stripes sheet on Wednesday to show which days they walked to and from school.  Please make sure that you put your signature or initials on the sheet as Portsmouth will not award the keyrings without this.  They will also be bringing some spare Stomper keyrings in case your child missed out this week.


We have had some issues in Juniors this week with Match Attax cards with children getting upset when their favourite cards have got damaged or gone missing.  From next week, there will be a Friday lunchtime club where the children can swap their Match Attax cards.  Otherwise, I would be grateful if these could be kept at home.


I would also like to remind our school community about the appropriate use of parent social media forums.  At Mayfield, we pride ourselves in the fact that we learn within an incredibly supportive, kind and caring environment. Our pupils show us daily why this is the case, working incredibly hard to maintain this, and we would ask that you please do the same. We have an open door policy where teachers, teaching assistants and myself are all ready to listen should you have any concerns. We strongly urge you to use this open door rather than social media. This is by far the best way to enable us to work with you to resolve any matter as quickly and efficiently as possible.


I was delighted to award the first Gold Awards to children who have reached 500 Achievement Points this year.  Well done to Belle Curry, Darcy Longcake, Emie Mason, Jessie Harris, Dulcie Rogers and Avani Salmon.



We also awarded the Achievement Point Cup for January in this afternoon’s Celebration Assembly.  The winners for this month were Discovery.  Well done to the Red House!


Next week is our ‘My Only Limitation Is My Ambition’ week and we have an amazing range of visitors coming in to talk to the children about their work and how they achieved their goals.  This year, we have a photographer, a scientist, an actor, an illustrator, an author, a firefighter and a professional footballer coming in.  It promises to be a great week!


Finally, the booking system for Spring 2 Extra-Curricular opens next week via the Online Booking System:

  • Year R – Monday 4th February at 6pm
  • Years 1 & 2 – Tuesday 5th February at 6pm
  • Years 3 & 4 – Wednesday 6th February at 6pm


The booking system will close for all year groups on Monday 11th February at 12pm.  As ever, Mrs Guy and the team have put together a tremendous range of opportunities for the children, so please make sure that you book your places early.


Letters sent home this week - all can be found here.


  • All Years Extra Curricular letter
  • Year 3 and 4 Girls Football letter
  • Year R Gardening letter


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Our topic has now changed to Chinese New Year Celebrations, Hei Fat Choi. This is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar it’s the year of the Pig. In class we will locate China on our map and then look for England and decide if China is close to us or further away. We will look in detail at how this festival is celebrated by the Chinese, giving the children an awareness of the traditions and cultural beliefs of others.


Learning Intentions:


  • Show an understanding of the elements of the story;
  • Initiate new combinations of movement and gesture to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences;
  • Select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join together.


Letter sound of the week 'R' please continue to make a collage with your children to bring back into class to share at circle time.


Could I also ask for donations of Chinese food so the children can take part in a food tasting activity.


Finally, I would like to remind you to send your children into school with hats and gloves as we play outside in all weathers.


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