Starting in Year 7

The transition process from primary school to secondary school can be a scary prospect. At Mayfield School we aim to alleviate those fears in a number of ways. Firstly by having an Open Evening and an Open Morning, enabling parents and their children to have a look around the school and speak to teachers and students in the different subject areas.

We also engage with our local feeder schools and arrange taster mornings with Year 5 students, enabling them to take part in lessons and meet some of the teachers and students. There is also the opportunity for parents and their children to have a tour during the school day prior to accepting a place; this helps remove apprehension for parents for whom Mayfield School may not have been their first choice.

Once a place is accepted the parents are given an information pack and invited to attend a Personal Transition Meeting where they and their child can speak to a member of our Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

In early July the students who have accepted their place attend a two-day transition programme at the school where they will meet all the other students who will be joining the school in September, as well as their new form tutor. The students stay for a reduced school day and take part in a variety of lessons. This gives them the opportunity to meet different teachers, make new friends and move between different classrooms in the school, which is quite different from a day at primary school.

On the first day of the new term in September, Year 7 will start a day before the whole school and need to arrive in full school uniform. During this day they will be introduced to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), have their picture and finger image taken, all to ensure they are prepared for their first full day at school. They will have time to find their way around the school in the form of a treasure hunt and get to know their form tutor. During the first few weeks of the new term, Year 7 students will go to lunch earlier than the rest of the school so they can get used to the lunch time procedures.

"At Mayfield School we believe that a successful transition helps to support your child as they enter secondary school and will enable them to be the best that they can be."

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Quotes from our Community

"Mayfield has offered our son a very good platform to excel academically and also given him a fantastic opportunity to take part in extracurricular clubs and activities, which he has relished in." - Current Year 7 Parent

"Thank you [Mrs. McBride] for organising yesterday's visit, the children really enjoyed it and had a lot of positive feedback about their experience." - Assistant Headteacher, Uphall Primary School

"My child has excelled academically and emotionally during [the] last three years. He has developed confidence in public speaking, life skills such as cooking, and self-discipline."  - Current Year 9 Parent
"Everything was excellent, teachers take interest in individuals and ensure each child speaks out, which is so important in their secondary school education." - Current Year 7 Parent

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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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