Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
I am delighted to report that we have just received provisional confirmation that the outcomes in our Senior Section have seen a significant improvement and we are now on a three-year improvement trend, bucking the national picture.
This is a particularly pleasing improvement given the significant changes that have been brought about with GCSE examinations. I would like to thank all of our parents and carers for their support and our staff for their efforts. Well done to all of the pupils! Final official figures will be published by the end of October.
I would like to draw your attention to some admission events we are running in October:
- 2nd October from 5:00pm - open afternoon for Juniors (entry into 3)
- 2nd October from 6.30pm - open evening for Seniors (entry into Year 7)
- From 7th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Year 7
- From 4th November – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Years R and 3
*Email our admissions team on email@example.com to book a personalised tour during the school day.
To help you plan your time, we have provided a list of key dates for the Autumn 1 half term HERE.
****School closed on Thursday 3rd October for staff training*****
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
Theme of the Week: House Ethos
Week beginning 16th September is a Week A for Senior pupils
Our first full week back since the Summer Holidays has gone extremely well. Uniform standards are very high, but it would be prudent to mention that shoes must be plain black and polishable. There should be no shiny additions to this- tags, buckles etc- they will need to be removed or disguised.
Year 11 start their first set of mock exams next week. The timetable is on our website here and there are revision materials available here. The Year 11 Parents evening is on Thursday 17th October from 4pm to 7pm. This is a vital event for parents as they will understand how to support their child in this crucial year, get feedback from Mathematics, English and Science regarding the mocks and also it is running concurrently with the careers fair where you can access colleges, employers and training providers. Please put the date firmly in your diary and ensure you book appointments with your child’s teachers when booking opens next week. The booking system is on our website and can be accessed here.
We are looking forward to our House Ethos Day on Thursday 26th September when we will be running a special bespoke day to celebrate our Houses. That afternoon we have our Year 7 Tutor Evening from 4pm to 6pm and I would strongly urge all Year 7 parents to attend to meet the team of people who will be looking after their child whilst they are with us. The booking system is on our website and can be accessed here.
Our Year 7 IGNITE pupils were identified and badged this week by Mr Jackson. Information on IGNITE is available on our website here and any questions regarding this can be directed to Mr Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the highlights of the Year 7 school year is the “Tough Mudder” competition, which is running next Friday, 20th September from 3pm to 4pm on the West Field. All of Year 7 are expected to stay and take part to earn points for their House. Parents are very welcome to come along and support if they wish to!
Pupils who ride to school need to have a cycle helmet and although it is not quite necessary yet, they will soon need working lights on their bikes. We do not allow pupils to use the bike shed if they do not have a cycle helmet as we want to encourage them to be as safe as possible. Thank you for your support with this.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have been out and about in the Primary section this week. Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Natural History Museum in Southsea yesterday and Year 3 have been to Butser Ancient Farm today to launch their Iron Age to Stone Age topic. I’m sure that this will have been a fascinating and enjoyable trip for all!
We have the School Photographer visiting us on Monday and Tuesday next week. Years R, 1, 2 and 5 will have their pictures taken on Monday and Year 3 and 4 will have theirs on Tuesday. We will also be taking pictures of the sibling groups including brothers and sisters who are in the senior section. You will receive a proof of your child’s photo and details of now to order copies shortly.
The instrumental Music lessons for Junior aged pupils also start next week. I’m delighted that so many children have signed up to take part in these lessons this year. Following requests from parents, we will be providing a termly report for these lessons to show how many lessons that each child has attended and to give hints on how the children can practise and improve their skills at home.
At the start of the year, I would like to remind parents of our routines for morning drop-off. The Primary section start learning at 8.45am, however, we have 10 minute window to enable parents to drop off siblings at different classrooms and to pass on key messages to the staff for the day ahead. Please can you keep conversations with the class teachers short in the mornings as we like to make a quick start to the formal school day. If you have more in-depth issues that you would like to discuss, then please email the teacher with your queries or concerns and we will get back at you, or come up and see me. All of the teachers’ email addresses are available on the school website.
In order to ensure that the Year R children can enter the classrooms safely, we strongly encourage parents not to come up on to the decking area and to remain at the bottom of the steps. This enables us to have a clear view of the doors so that we can see the children in safely.
Can I also please remind parents that dogs should not be brought on to the school site. Some of the children are very frightened of dogs and there have been some incidents where dogs’ mess has been left on the pathways that are used by the children.
The booking system for the first Parents Evenings of the year on 8th and 10th October is now open. The appointments last for 10 minutes and give you an opportunity to talk through your child’s work with their class teacher and agree your child’s targets for the year ahead.
Thank you for all of your support with uniform at the start of the year. The children look very smart and they wear their uniform with pride. Please ensure that your child wears the correct footwear to school. Boots are not allowed to be worn and shoes must be black and ‘polishable’. The Friends of Mayfield pre-loved uniform shop opened for the first time this week and is now open every Wednesday from 3.15 till 4.30pm just inside from the Main Reception. We have some great stock available, so please come in and have a browse.
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
Please could you start to send your children into school with an outdoor coat. In our setting, we explore the outdoor environment each day, regardless of the weather. The is an important part of your children’s learning and development and we would like all children to have this opportunity.
Could I also just remind you to please label all of your children’s clothing, to stop coats and uniform going home with the wrong child.
The children have done really well in class, settling into the routine of the day and following the class rules and boundaries.
The topic will continue with the theme ‘All About Me’, we have been looking at similarities and differences between themselves and others. We are extending their vocabulary through asking questions linked to the subject:
Learning intentions linked to class subject:
- Recognise similarities and differences;
- Use media to create planned effect;
- Crate their face out of various media;
- Count on rota 1-10 and 1-20.
Letter sound for the week is ‘B’ – please could you create a collage with your child relating to the letter of the week. These are used to promote language skills.
Finally, homework will be sent home this week.
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