Behaviour is good but still long way to go for Portsmouth school

David Jeapes, acting headteacher of Mayfield School in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111749-6)
David Jeapes, acting headteacher of Mayfield School in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111749-6)

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IMPROVEMENTS in pupils’ behaviour could help a Portsmouth secondary school to make its way up the Ofsted ladder.

Mayfield School in North End requires improvement according to Ofsted inspectors who visited at the end of last term.

Inspectors said students’ achievement at the end of Key Stage 4 is not good enough and that boys make slower progress than girls.

Some students do not make enough progress because the work set for them is not hard enough and teachers do not all offer appropriate challenges to students.

However, inspectors did say the behaviour and safety of pupils is good, with students behaving well in lessons. They are punctual and attendance is improving.

And the headteacher and his team give high priority to improving the quality of teaching and the curriculum.

This term, Mayfield has become the first authority-run school in the city to become an all-through school, offering education from the age of four to 16.

Headteacher David Jeapes said: ‘We are very pleased that we have for the first time ever in our senior section scored a good rating for behaviour and safety.

‘This is particularly important given the fact that in this school we now have 16-year-olds rubbing shoulders with primary children.

‘It’s great that Ofsted has said that the pupils respect each other, that the behaviour is good and that the students are safe and secure around the school.

‘Whilst achievement was rated three, the inspectors noted the significant improvements that the school has put into place.

‘It recognised the beneficial changes that I have introduced.’

To improve further, the quality and consistency of teaching across different subjects and year groups needs to be at least good. Leadership and management should improve to ensure subject leaders focus on raising standards.

Mr Jeapes added: ‘What Ofsted identified as areas of improvement we were already working on.

‘I think there’s an issue around writing, particularly with our boys in making sure that we challenge our pupils more in terms of writing extensively. The school has already implemented a school improvement plan to tackle each of the areas.

‘With a strong leadership team, good governance and good behaviour, we have the ingredients for a very successful school.’