Parent Support (Drop-in Sessions)

At Mayfield School we are not only dedicated to helping our students achieve their very best - but we would also like to offer support for the Parents and Carers by use of weekly drop-in sessions.

Slots can be booked by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

Please note, any information that is shared by parents, families or a young person will be treated as strictly confidential unless the information provided is a Safeguarding concern, in which our Safeguarding Lead must be made aware.

The Aims of Parent Drop-in Sessions

Who is Ms M. Dawson?

Dawson for WebsiteParent Drop-in Sessions will be run by Ms M. Dawson, Mayfield's Parent Support Adviser. Ms Dawson, has been working as Mayfield's Parent Support Adviser for over eight years, and has helped many children and their families through some difficult times.

Ms Dawson started her career at Mayfield by supporting students as a Learning Support Assistant. Ms Dawson then went on to become a Year Group Mentor, which kick-started her role within Parental Support and enabled Dawson to utilises her past experience within the Foster Caring community, in which she specialised with caring for teenagers.

Some of the most important aims of the Parent Drop-in Sessions is to strengthen ties between the local community and the school, as well as helping parents and carers recognise the faces to some of the key staff members at the school. Creating a bond between the students, their parents/carers and teachers is a great way to aid their success in education.

We are an inclusive school and make it a priority to include those who may be struggling with personal problems, such as language barriers, mobility issues, mental illness and isolation. The aim is to break down barriers and provide support to all parents and carers.

We also want to ensure that parents are fully aware of what is expected from their child in school. Whether there are problems with incorrect school uniform, unwanted behaviour, or incomplete homework, support and advice will be provided.

There is also a Foodbank that has been used in the past to help parents and families when times have been hard.

Code of Conduct

Ensuring students abide by the school rules can be a difficult task at times. For the most part a gentle reminder is all that is needed, however there are some students who may be continually misbehaving and wearing inappropriate uniform. For the select few it is important that their parents are also made aware of what is and isn't accepted at Mayfield. We understand that there may be language barriers with some of our families and in these cases we will try to get a translator to help converse.

At Mayfield we are thankful to have PC Charles Senghor on site to help in the rare situations when behaviour can be very difficult to manage. PC Charles also offers real-world advise to students, and is open to share his personal experiences as an active police officer.

Social Media and Online Activities

"It is vital that we understand how the Internet is used by our children and how to keep them safe."

We are here to help answer any queries you may have in regards to your child using the Internet for both leisure and academic purposes. We have computers available for if you do not have access to a computer at home, and we can help explain how to utilise learning tools, such as Show My Homework, Wisepay, SIMS Learning Gateway, as well as provide assistance with form filling.

A large portion of children’s leisure time is based around social media; we can offer advice on keeping children safe online also.

If you would like to find out more about E-Safety please visit our E-Safety webpage.

Useful Information

Staff Member Role
Ms M. Dawson Parent Support Adviser
Mrs S. McBride Internet Safety
Mr D. Thorbourne / Miss S. Ford Behavioural Support
Mrs R. Magalhaes Free School Meals
Mr J. Singh Network (IT) Manager
Mr W. Wright Boys Achievement Coordinator
Mrs T. Ward Attendance Officer
Mr M. Poston Finance Officer (School account/Trips)
Miss V. Mansell / Mrs J. Dillingham Exams
Mr D. Drewe Site Manager

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17th Mar

Updates for Schools & Coronavirus

Updated guidance for education settings on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions. What you need to know: staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.   if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.   clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.   supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues. The updated guidance can be found here: ( Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group. Recording school pupil absences Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance. If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances. Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance. Handwashing advice The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance: ( Department for Education coronavirus helpline The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday) Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends. If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline. Where to find the latest information Updates on COVID-19: ( Guidance for educational settings: Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: Educational resources: Latest Department for Education information: Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS). To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here: (  
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