Mayfield School (Portsmouth)
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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 housed approximately 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.
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. 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.
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.
Since 2005, the school reintroduced the prefect system with Deputy and Head Boy and Girl.
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'.
- 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 (Cancelled)
- 2015 Into the Woods (Coming Soon)
Studio 1 productions
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
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
Northern Grammar School for Boys
- John Armitt CBE, Chief Executive from 1997-2001 of Costain Group, from 2001-2 of Railtrack, and from 2002-7 of Network Rail, and Chairman since 2007 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Olympic Delivery Authority
- Rear-Admiral Gordon Bridle CB MBE, Project Manager of the Sea Dart and Sea Slug (the Navy's first surface-to-air missile - SAM)
- James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, the UK Prime Minister from 1976 to 1979, completed his secondary education at the former (now Mayfield) Northern Secondary School in 1926.
- Sir Barry Cunliffe CBE, an eminent archaeologist, Professor of European Archaeology from 1972-2007 at the University of Oxford, and President from 1976-9 of the Council for British Archaeology and from 1991-5 of the Society of Antiquaries of London
- Sir Roger Fry (educationist) CBE. Founder King's Group 1981. Chairman (1996-2011) and President from 2011 Council of British International Schools.
- Mike Donkin, former BBC world affairs correspondent
- Maj-Gen Brian Pennicott CVO, Colonel Commandant from 1991-6 of the Royal Artillery
- Sir John Pestell, Chief Adjudicator on Immigration Appeals from 1970-87 at Heathrow Airport
- Prof Kenneth Rawson, Professor and Head of Department of Design and Technology from 1983-9 at Brunel University, Professor of Naval Architecture from 1972-77 at University College London, and Chief Naval Architect from 1979-83 at the MoD
- Harold Robinson OBE, aeronautical engineer, Head of the Avionics Department from 1965-9 of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, President from 1982-3 of the Whitworth Society, and Project Leader of Hawker Siddeley Dynamics' Blue Streak ballistic missile and showed how the Black Knight (rocket) could be converted into the Black Arrow in 1963
- Brian Slade, President since 2002 of the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association, and Director General from 1986-91 of Defence Contracts at the MoD
- John Tribe, leader of the NASA propulsion group (engines) for the Apollo and Space Shuttle projects, including the Apollo 11 moon landing
- David Tuffin, President from 2007-8 of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Joe Smith, Graphic Designer
- Mayfield High School (London) in Dagenham
- The Portsmouth Grammar School - independent school, and former direct grant grammar school
- The Times 21 February 1995, page 17, Harold Robinson obituary
- Mayfield School Website
- Mayfield School League Tables, BBC News
- Mayfield School Student Council Website
- MFLMayfield Website