21 Sep 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Please be aware that the admissions process for pupils wishing to join Year R, 3 and 7 in September 2018 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:

  • 3rd October 2018 from 5.30pm – open afternoon for Primary (entry into Years R and 3)
  • 3rd October 2018 from 6.30pm- open evening for Seniors (entry into Year 7)
  • From 8th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Years 3 and 7
  • From 29th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Year R

 *Email our admissions team on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk to book a personalised tour during the school day.


For more information about life at Mayfield, please download a copy of our admission booklet here and admission policy here. Alternatively, visit https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/schools/school-admissions.aspx for more information.


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 4th October for staff training*****


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Since the last time I wrote we have had the Year 7 Tough Mudder event. Thank you to all parents who came along to support the event and cheer on their children. The number of pupils taking part was wonderful and the cheering for other houses was very sportsmanlike. The winning House was Victory- so a big well done to them.


Next week we have the Year 7 Tutor evening from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday 27th September. I would strongly encourage all parents to come along and meet their child’s tutor and find out how their first few weeks at Mayfield have gone. Booking is available via the website here. If you are struggling to book an appointment, please contact the school reception and they will be happy to help you.


Year 11 have settled to their Mock exams this week very well. They behaved impeccably. The Year 11 Parents Evening is approaching so please do book an appointment to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss their progress and the results of these exams. Booking is available via the website here. If you are struggling to book an appointment, please contact the school reception and they will be happy to help you.


We have changed our detention system this year so that detentions are completed on the night that they are gained- a same day detention system. This means that the teacher who has issued the detention is able to talk to the pupil about the incident before the next lesson. The new system is working very well so far.


Can I please take this opportunity to remind parents that Year 7 and 8 pupils should be in school by 8:10am every morning ready for resilience and Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils should be in school by 8:40am. Lateness to school results in lateness to lessons which interrupts the learning for all the pupils in the class. If your child is late you will receive a letter to inform you. In addition, if a child is late to a lesson we mark how many minutes late they are. This will be added up and reported to you-  some pupils are missing a lot of lesson time and if this is your child we would be grateful for your support in discussing this issue with them.


All pupils in Years 7 and 8 should be working on their Autumn 1 Prep tasks. All the information required is available on our website here.  If you have any questions about Prep, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. The contact details for tutors can be found here.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

Year 3 had a brilliant day out last Friday at Butser Ancient Farm as part of their Stone Age to Iron Age topic. It was fascinating to see replicas of the Prehistoric houses and the children thoroughly enjoyed doing the different ancient crafts such as jewellery making, stone carving and fence building. The children’s behaviour was superb and they were all excellent ambassadors for our school. Well done Year 3!


I popped into Southsea Castle on Sunday morning for the Portsmouth Summer Reading Challenge Celebration Event and it was great to see so many Mayfield children there to pick up their medals and

certificates. We are holding our School Reading Challenge Celebration after assembly on Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Sheppard and Mrs Hall have ordered biscuits and squash for all of the children who successfully completed the Challenge. Please can you make sure that your child has shown their medal or certificate to their teacher to be included in this event.


There are two events next week when you are invited into school. On Tuesday, there is a meeting for Year 4 parents to explain the arrangements for the Minstead Residential visit in February 2019. This will be held in the Mississippi classroom at 3.30 and 4.30pm.


On Friday, the Primary School Council and Miss Beech are organising a MacMillan Coffee Morning from 9.00am till 9.30am in Café Tranquilo as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event. Please meet by the Infant Gate after dropping off your children if you would like to come along and support this event.


At the start of term, I would like to remind parents about maintaining good communication with the school. Please can we limit conversations at morning drop off and afternoon pick-up to important urgent messages for the day ahead. These are very busy times for the staff when we need to make sure that all children are safely registered or returned to their parents and it is difficult for staff to have in-depth conversations at these times. Please can longer or less urgent messages be sent in by email or arrange a time to come in for a more detailed conversation about any concerns or issues that you may have.


Social Media parents groups are an excellent way of parents keeping in touch with each other and quickly checking information about events. However, if you do have complaints or queries about the school, then please do raise these with us directly. This is the best way to ensure that issues are dealt with quickly, efficiently and equitably. All of the teaching staff have an email address and these can be found here.


Finally, I would like to give advance notice that the Primary section will be having a normal school day on Wednesday 3rd October with the extra-curricular clubs running till the usual finishing time of 4.30pm


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Please can you start to send your children into school with their coats and clearly label the inside with your child’s name.  In our setting we explore the outdoor environment each day regardless of the weather.  This is an important part of your child’s learning and development and we would like all children to have this opportunity. 


Our topic will continue with the theme ‘All About Me’.  In class we have been looking at similarities and the differences between themselves and others, extending vocabulary through asking questions.


Learning intentions linked to class subject:


  • To recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others;
  • Observational drawings of each other using media to create planned effect.


The letter sound of the week is ‘C’.  Please keep creating collages with your child relating to the letter of the week – these are used to promote language skills.


Finally, may I remind you that we will be selling cakes made by the children on Friday 28th September to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.  We also have an Inset Day on Thursday 4th October – school will be closed.


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