We expect a lot from our students in terms of discipline, standards and commitment. In return we offer exceptional teaching and learning in an environment where they feel safe, secure and valued. We know they will face challenges as they mature, and so provide a complete support system of care and guidance academically and emotionally for every student.
The Student Entitlement Vision is a clear statement of The Mayfield Way:
Proud, confident, self-aware and Kind students who are Determined in the face of challenge. Our students have a can do attitude, are willing to take risks and celebrate diversity, knowing they are fully supported by the Academy and wider community to be the very Best.
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Child Protection and Student Welfare
Our child protection programme supports each child’s development providing security, confidence and independence. The academy has a duty of care and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the academy will follow child protection procedures and inform social services of its concern.
Pastoral CareThe Academy is completely committed to providing the highest level of pastoral care, welfare and guidance for every student. The primary aim is to offer a stable environment with a sense of security and belonging from which they can:
- Develop their social, intellectual, physical and practical skills
- Participate in community life
- Become aware of the needs and feelings of others around them
- Be prepared for their life when they leave the academy.
Students join us in Year 7 aged 11-12 and leave us in Year 11 aged 15-16. Each Year group has a Head of Year whose primary focus is to make sure every student fulfils their potential. Working alongside them is a Pastoral Leader who supports attendance, behaviour and non-academic issues. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding system and Anti-Bullying Policy in place and recognised as a School of Sanctuary in 2016. To further enrich and extend students development and wellbeing, we run a House system that focuses on developing our strong sense of community, encourages healthy competition and promotes team spirit. Both students and staff are assigned to one of the three Houses; Kestrel, Merlin and Griffon. The House names are engine types used in the Spitfire, chosen for the close association with Southampton and its community and whose badges, which were designed by students, appear on their Academy tie.