Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Please be aware that the admissions process for pupils wishing to join Year R, 3 and 7 in September 2020 has now opened. Mayfield is a very popular and heavily oversubscribed school and therefore it is essential applications are completed on time and correctly. I would like to draw your attention to some admission events we are running in 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 Primary (entry into Year R and 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 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


Week beginning 23rd September is a Week B


Theme for the week is: Taking Responsibility for My Learning


Well done to Year 11 who acquitted themselves well in their mock exams this week. We look forward to sharing their results with them and using these to plan the next steps in their learning.


Next week we are eagerly anticipating our House Ethos Day on Thursday. On this day, all Senior pupils need to come to school in their PE kit. In the event of wet weather we will be forced to cancel this day and this decision will be made the day before and communicated by text to parents as well as being on our website and social media channels. Please keep hopeful for good weather!


The House Ethos Day is followed by our Year 7 Tutor Evening from 4pm to 6pm. If your child is new to us and has just joined Year 7 please do come along and meet the staff who are working with them. Booking is via our website here.


Mrs Rogers and myself challenged all our new Year 7 pupils to get at least 10 achievement points by Friday 13th September and all our pupils rose to the challenge! We awarded prizes to the top two achievement point earners in each House. These were:



Evie O’Reilly

Jack Simpson



Siyana Stoyanova

Vahorera Hambira



Florence East

Kanan Jafarov



Kayleigh Jerams

Jacob Newman


A massive well done to all of those pupils!


Pupils in Years 7 and 8 should be working on their Autumn 1 Prep projects. Year 8 are fully aware of our system and will be well into them. Year 7 had our Prep system launched to them on Monday by Mr Gibson in their Year group assembly, so they are now equipped to get going. Details of the projects are on our website here. Any questions about Prep should be addressed to the Subject Leader of the subject about which there is a question but any general questions about Prep should be addressed to your child’s Head of House.


We know that our pupils are hugely talented and so we want to celebrate that fact. We are creating a gallery in school and a webpage that illustrates this and so we are asking for your help.  If your child has a hobby or talent that they would like to share in order to inspire others, please email with a photo of them  that you are happy for us to share, participating in this activity. If you could give a little bit of information about the level that they are at and any key successes that would be great. A comment from your child about why they love what they do would also be appreciated. These photos will then be displayed around school and shared online and in assembly in order to raise aspirations across the school. We are really looking forward to hearing from you!


We do have a number of lockers available in school for pupils to hire. The cost is £2 a term or £6 for the year. Any pupil interested in hiring a locker should see Mr Backhouse in the general office. He can be contacted on


Please remind your children that we do not permit any jewellery other than a single stud earring in the lobe of the ear and a wristwatch. Other jewellery is not permitted and will be confiscated if it is seen. Thank you for your support in this.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

Year 3 had a really fascinating trip to Butser Ancient Farm last Friday as part of their Stone Age to Iron Age topic.  The children got to experience what life was like in prehistoric times and we had the opportunity to make clay pots, chalk carvings and Iron Age jewellery.  As ever, the children joined in with great enthusiasm and their behaviour was exemplary all day.  Well done to Year 3 for being such great ambassadors for our school!


We had our first sporting success of the year on Thursday when our Year 4 and 5 won the Portsmouth Schools Football Cup in our first ever entry into this tournament.  The team went unbeaten through the tournament, playing with great skill and teamwork.  Well done to all of the team and Mr Tait and Mr Button, the coaches.


In order to improve communication with home, I have included all of the teachers’ email addresses in the table below. 


Jellyfish class

Year R

Mrs Buck

Mrs Moore

Seahorse class

Year R

Miss Percival

Octopus class

Year 1

Mrs Guy

Turtles class

Year 1

Mrs Sheppard

Dolphins class

Year 2

Miss Quelch

Seals class

Year 2

Miss Hatton

Nile class

Year 3

Miss Williams

Amazon class

Year 3

Miss Lewis

Ganges class

Year 3

Mrs Threadingham

Yangtze class

Year 4

Mrs Harker

Mississippi class

Year 4

Miss Campbell

Danube class

Year 4

Mrs Pountain

Aegean class

Year 5

Miss Large

Caspian class

Year 5

Miss Turner


In the Primary section, we have our Celebration Assembly ever Friday afternoon.  We like to celebrate children’s achievements both in and out of school in these assemblies.  Please send in any significant achievements such as sporting or performing success stories that your child would like to share on Friday afternoons. 


We are looking forwards to two events next week.  On Thursday, children in the Junior Section will be joining in with the House Ethos Day.  Children will be working in their House groups on a range of different activities that will build up their sense of belonging to their Houses and the skills as team players.  More details about the House Ethos Day can be found here.


On Friday afternoon, we will be holding our Reading Challenge Celebration Tea for all of the children who successfully completed the Summer Reading Challenge.  Please can you send your child’s certificate or medal in at some point this week if you would like them to be part of this celebration.


Finally, can I please remind parents that the Primary Section will be open as normal on Wednesday 2nd October when we are holding our Open Afternoon.  Extra-Curricular and Teatime Club will still be running to their normal times.


Letters home this week can be found here:


House Ethos Day letter

Year 2 Homework letter


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery



The children have settled into the school routine and all have gained a better understanding of the class boundaries and rules.  Homework will be going home regularly each week and will be linked to the class topic.  Our topic will continue with ‘All About Me’.  In class we are still learning about similarities and differences, developing their confidence in the use of language when talking about themselves.


Learning intentions linked to the class subject are:


  • Comment and ask questions;
  • Discuss what makes you feel happy, sad;
  • Name parts of the body;
  • Use various media to create a face;
  • Mathematical language - big, small.


Letter sound of the week is ‘C’ – please work with your children to create a collage relating to the letter of the week.


Dates to remember:


Thursday 3rd October – Inset Day, school closed

Tuesday 12th November – school photographer


Finally, a gentle reminder to label all your children’s uniform and to pay lunch money daily or at the end of the week.


Enjoy the weekend!!


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