Mayfield School (Portsmouth)

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Mayfield School
Mayfield Secondary School, North End, Portsmouth. - - 81969.jpg
Established 1921
Type Comprehensive, community school
Religion Non-denominational
Headteacher Mr David Jeapes
Chair of Governors Bruce Marr
Location Mayfield Road
North End, Portsmouth
England England Coordinates: 50°49′15″N 1°04′12″W / 50.82082°N 1.06997°W / 50.82082; -1.06997
Local authority Portsmouth
DfE number ???/4303
DfE URN 116463 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1163
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16
Colours      Year 7-10 tie (11-15)
     Year 11 tie (15-16)
     Prefect tie (15-16)
Former name Portsmouth Northern Grammar School
Website Mayfield School

Mayfield School is a mixed comprehensive school in Mayfield Road, North End, Portsmouth.


The School are currently Employing a new Headteacher. This is after former headteacher Derek Trimmer has taken up the heads job at Hove Park School in Brighton and Hove. The school is now an Arts College after being lifted out of Special Measures; it now has specialist status. Mayfield is also the largest state school in Portsmouth. The school is undersubscribed.

It is situated in North End, halfway between the A288 and A2047, and one mile south of the M27/A27.


Grammar school[edit]

The school is located in the buildings of the former Portsmouth Northern Grammar School for Boys and Portsmouth Northern Grammar School for Girls, which were opened in 1932. (The boys school had begun as the Northern Secondary School in Kingston in 1921). After wartime evacuation, the two secondary schools were re-established in 1946 as a result of the 1944 Education Act. The boys' school had arounf 550 boys in 1970 and was run by the City of Portsmouth Education Committee.


In 1975 the two schools were amalgamated with Brunel School (boys) and North End Modern Girls' School to form the largest comprehensive school in Portsmouth, with approximately 1800 pupils. The roll was later reduced by the setting up of Portsmouth's Sixth Form College with the school losing its sixth form.

Special measures[edit]

In 1999, the school was failing academically and was placed in "special measures" after an Ofsted inspection said it was failing to provide an acceptable standard of education.[1] By 2001 the school was facing another crisis—this time a staff problem, as the school had 12 vacancies due to long-term sickness and unfilled positions. Training new teachers became a priority and the school introduced a new graduate teacher programme and created a new teacher training room. With a series of new teachers and new coaching programmes the school has experienced a slight increase in academic achievement, with a 4% rise in GCSE achievement in 2004, compared with 2003.[1][2]

In 2005, 150 students of the school launched a protest against the deportation of a fellow student, Lorin Sulaiman, who had previously immigrated from Syria in 2003 after fearing for her safety.[3][4]

In 2007, the school received the Special Performing Arts Status after raising £50,000. The school spent the money on a brand new state-of-the-art Dance/Drama Studio. The director of this status is Mr Gary Appleton who coincidentally is the Head of Drama and Director of School Productions. During the summer of 2008 a brand new modern Dance Studio was built under the specialist status, replacing the schools old 'small gym'.

Since 2005, the school reintroduced the prefect system with Deputy and Head Boy and Girl.

School productions[edit]

  • 2003 Oh What a Lovely War
  • 2004 A Midsummer Nights Dream
  • 2005 Romeo and Juliet
  • 2006 Oliver!
  • 2007 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • 2008 The Boy Friend
  • 2009 Sweet Charity
  • 2010 Sweeney Todd
  • 2011 Alice in Wonderland
  • 2012 We Will Rock You
  • 2013 Beauty and the Beast (coming soon)

Studio 1 productions[edit]

Studio 1 productions are a new type of production within Mayfield School. Since becoming an arts college, the Drama Studio 1 has become renowned as an auditorium for smaller scale productions other than the main ones. So far these have been:

  • 2007 Find Me!
  • 2008 Piano Recital
  • 2008 Macbeth
  • 2009 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • 2010 The Tempest

School uniforms[edit]

The school has a compulsory school uniform policy. The uniform includes a white long sleeve or short sleeved shirt. Black straight legged trousers girls may also have the choice of wearing a black skirt that is from the uniform supplier Penelope Anne. Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 wear black blazers with the Mayfield logo also from the school supplier however Year 11's in the year 2011 do not have to wear blazers (It will be essential that 2012's Year 11's, 2013's Year 11's etc. to wear the blazer). A black cotton school V Neck jumper or black cotton cardigan with the school logo (from the school supplier) is optional however no other jackets are to be worn once entering the school building. As well as a tie;

  • Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 wear blue with black stripes.
  • Year 11's wear a grey and black striped tie.
  • Year 11 prefects and captains wear plain red tie.

It is essential that all ties are clip on and bought from the school supplier. Prefects and captains have badges that is compulsory to wear.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Northern Grammar School for Boys[edit]

See also[edit]


  • The Times 21 February 1995, page 17, Harold Robinson obituary

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