1 Mar 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher


I hope you had a pleasant break over the February Half Term. In the whole school posting letter, we explained some important changes to the school uniform which will impact all pupils in Years R to 10. Pupils in current Year 11 are unaffected by these changes, but may choose to donate uniform to the Friends of Mayfield. A copy of the information can be found here. If you have any questions, then please do ask:


Mr Danny Backhouse, backhouse@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk (for pupils in Years R, 1 and 2)

Mrs. Hannah Carlin, carlinh@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk ( for pupils in Years 3, 4, 7 and 8)

Mrs. Steph Manns, manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk (for pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11)


No doubt you will be aware of our recent success in ‘Rock Challenge 2019’. I am pleased to confirm that the next round will take place on 25th April 2019 at the Portsmouth Guildhall. We will be rescheduling the Year 9 parents evening to Thursday 2nd May 2019. Please contact Mrs. Hayleigh Taylor on TaylorH@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk for details.


I would like to remind you all that term-time absence must be approved by the Headteacher.  This is called authorised absence.  At the Headteacher’s discretion, absence may be authorised for genuine illness, for reasons of religious belief or for family trauma.  For further information please log onto the following link: http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/schools/school-attendance


To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Spring 2. This can be downloaded here.


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Welcome back to all our Senior pupils and I am delighted to report that there has been very good attendance this week which is a great start to the half-term. Unfortunately, one or two pupils haven’t come back in the correct uniform- particularly with regard to false nails and make up. Our uniform regulations are on our website here. Mayfield has high expectations of uniform and we do pick up all students who are not following our rules. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Our highly successful Rock Challenge victory means a change to the planned Year 9 Parents Evening as it would have clashed with the next round! Year 9 Parents Evening will now be on Thursday 2nd May from 4pm to 7pm. Please do change your diaries so that, if your child is in Year 9, you can come and talk to your child’s teacher and learn about the Options process that they will be about to engage in.

Year 10 had a very successful careers day on Thursday this week and the pupils were very engaged in all the sessions. We have more careers events for that year group over this half-term. Details are on our website here. If you have any questions about careers please contact Mrs Denford on denfordr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk who coordinates this in school.


Year 11 received their mock results on Monday in an assembly led by Mr Gibson. The second Year 11 Parent’s Evening is on Thursday 7th March from 4pm-7pm. Booking for this is available now on the school website here and is filling up fast. Please do make appointments to come and see your child’s teachers in this vital run up to the end of Year 11.


There will be an assembly, next week, with Year 10 where the application process for prefects and Head Prefects will be launched. Mr Clarks-Lyons is our school lead on Student Leadership so if you have any questions about the process he can be contacted on Clark-Lyons-Richard@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


The Year 8 Parent’s Evening was very successful this week with a great turn out of parents. The Options Process has now been launched and the deadline for submission of the forms is 15th March 2019. These forms are online. Information about the process can be found on our website here. Mrs Cleary is in charge of options so if you have any questions about any part of the process, please contact her on clearya@mayfield.portsouth.sch.uk.


Years 7 and 8 should be working on their Spring 2 Prep projects. These are available on the website here. They should have interim deadlines in their planners to help them organise their work. Mrs Bartlett looks after Prep so if  you have any questions regarding this please contact her on bartletts@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


With World Book Day occurring next week on Thursday 7th March it is a good time to remind our community of the importance we place on reading. All our Year 7-10 pupils have a reading book with them every day- and our Year 11 carry their revision. Years 7 and 8 have daily resilience sessions to promote the love of reading and read regularly with adults. We have great participation in the Accelerated Reader scheme and are regularly praised for being such a “Reading School”. Please do talk to your child about what they are reading- and encourage them to use the voucher they get given to purchase some new reading material!


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary


I have been away with the Year 4 Residential at Minstead this week, so this week’s messenger is being written at the start of the week.


Our Monday Assembly this week launched the Learning Superpower for this half-term which is Respectful.  Respectful learners are always polite and kind to others.  They listen well, take their turn and respect the ideas and contributions of other children. 


The first Respectful certificates are due to be given out in Celebration Assembly on Friday and the children have been set a ‘Respectful’ Challenge for this half-term.  We will be awarding Achievement Points every time that we see children displaying respectful behaviour. Every child who manages to achieve more than 50 Achievement Points and no more than 3 Behaviour Points this half-term will qualify for our reward Easter Egg Hunt at the end of this term.


We have some really exciting events coming up over the next fortnight.  The week beginning 4th March is Family Learning Week and the programme of sessions is shown below:



Monday 4th March

Tuesday 5th March

Wednesday 6th March

Thursday 7th March

Friday 8th March

9.00am – 10.00am


Year R Phonics/English

Year 1 Maths

Year 3 English

Year 2 Maths

World Book Day

Year R Phonics/English

Year 4 Maths

10.45am  – 11.45am

Year 1 English

Year 4 English

Year 2 English

Year 3 Maths


Year 3 Topic (Amazon)

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Year 4 Topic

Year 3 Topic (Ganges/Nile)

Year 2 Topic


Year R Phonics/ English

Year 1 Topic











We are limited to 10 parents for each session, so please make sure that you book your sessions via on the Online Booking System as soon as possible.  The Booking System is also now open for the Parents Evenings on Tuesday 12th and 14th March.  Both Parents Evenings will run 4.00 – 7.00pm in the Main Hall with a 10 minute appointment for each child.  Additional appointments can also be made with Mrs Buck, the SENCO for the Primary section.


We are also looking forward to World Book Day on Thursday 7th March when the children can come to school dressed as favourite character from a book of their choice.  We also have several other events to develop a lifelong love of reading including a visit from the West End Theatre Company, a sponsored read and a traveling Book Fayre.  More details about all of these events can be found here


We are also going to be joining in with Comic Relief on Friday 15th March.  From Monday 11th March, the School Council will be selling Red Noses each morning on the Year 1 and 2 playground.  The children can also choose to wear something red instead of their normal school uniform on Friday 15th March in exchange for a £1 donation to Comic Relief.  Also, during this week, we will be running an Inter-House joke telling competition.  Each child is invited to write down and bring in their favourite joke to win points for their House, with the best joke from each class being shared in the Celebration Assembly.  More details about our plans for Comic Relief can be found here.


Recent letters home

World Book Day

Family Learning Week March 2019

Comic Relief 2019

Years 2 – 4 Music Tuition Survey

Year 2 Infant Voices Tickets Order


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

On Thursday 7th March it is World Book Day, and I would just like to remind you that the children can dress up as their favourite character. 


Our topic has now changed, we are looking at ‘planting and growth’.  The aim of the topic is so the children understand what a plant needs in order to grow well, understand that some of our food comes from plants and begin to understand how to care for and be involved in caring for plants in the school garden.


Learning intentions linked to class subject:


  • Where did this plant come from (it grew from a seed);
  • What does a plant need to grow well;
  • What would we have to do if we wanted to grow a plant;
  • How would we care for it.


Letter sound for the week is ‘U’.  Please keep creating your collages for class.


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