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About Mayfield School

Mayfield educates children and young people, who have a range of learning difficulties, between the ages of 3 and 19.  We have approximately 245 students on roll and we are split across 3 different sites – Lime Tree Children’s Centre, Heathfield Road and HML.

We pride ourselves on the inclusive work that we carry out with other schools and partners in the community and have developed excellent relationships with local businesses and charities.  This has had a positive effect on our school’s curriculum, and the pupils’ have benefited from a range of extra-curricular and subject enhancing activities during their time with us; including trips to local centres of interest and opportunities to develop their social skills on residential outings.  Our curriculum model outlines the emphasis that we place on each child as an individual.

We understand the important role that families provide in supporting their child’s education, and here at Mayfield, we ensure that we promote a positive learning environment that is welcoming and supportive to everyone.  We have a designated Pastoral Team that work tirelessly to support our families and students.  This includes arranging coffee mornings, workshops and welcoming new families to the school.  Further information on upcoming events can be viewed on the ‘Calendar of Events’ link.

The Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher

Sue Bainbridge

I have been the Headteacher at Mayfield school since January 2015. I have worked in a number of special schools and I am delighted to currently be working in Birmingham. I work closely with the headteachers in other special schools and represent the headteachers on the local authority SEN Programme Board as well as in the new Birmingham Education Partnership.

Deputy Headteacher Primary

Caroline Mace

I am currently the Deputy Headteacher for Early Years and Primary.

I first started teaching in mainstream secondary education as a Geography teacher and taught KS3, 4 and 5.  I then moved into special educational needs as an assistant head of sector working with pupils who have a very diverse range of mental health needs and special educational needs; ASC, ADHD, OCD and other co-occurring needs, before finally moving on to specialise in autism where I was head of a centre for 72 children with autism in KS2, KS3 and KS4.  Working at Mayfield has given me the opportunity to further develop and use my skills across a range of year groups including Early Years and primary pupils with autism, moderate and severe learning difficulties.  I consider myself fortunate to be part of a hardworking and dedicated team at Mayfield and for every child our goal being the safety, health, happiness and education of the pupils we teach.

Deputy Headteacher Secondary

Theodora Papaspyrou

I am currently the Interim Deputy Head Teacher for Secondary and FE and work predominantly at the HML site. I am responsible for continuing professional development across the school and also making links with the local community.

Pastoral Manager

Jacqui Tomlinson

I am the Pastoral Manager here at Mayfield school where I have worked for 32 years. My work involves supporting parents and carers to achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people. I am a Designated Senior Leader (DSL) in Child Protection and on a monthly basis I work alongside professionals within Children’s Social Care including police and health practitioners within the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub. My duties in school include attendance management, 16-19 bursary allowance, pupil premium, Looked after children (LAC) reviews and transition meetings.

Strategic School Business Manager

Lee Warner

I am the Strategic School Business Manager at Mayfield School and started on 1st September 2015.  My current role includes managing financial, premises and human resource activity within the school. I oversee all administrative duties that need to take place within a special school to ensure that the professional teaching staff can focus on securing the best learning for all children and young people.

Assistant Headteacher Primary

Samantha Forbes

I am the Assistant Headteacher for the Primary site. I am also the lead professional with responsibility for supporting practice with our children and young people on the autistic spectrum. I have been teaching here for 6 years and thoroughly enjoy every moment working with our wonderful pupils, families and staff. I am also the schools International Co-ordinator and am extremely passionate about developing and sustaining partnerships that we have locally, nationally and internationally.

Primary Intervention Manager

Lucy Guppy

I am currently the Primary Intervention Manager working with staff and children in the primary phase. I am responsible for ensuring that all children in the primary phase are given the best support and opportunities to make as much progress as possible. This might involve me locating specialist resources, additional input from other professionals or providing additional individual or small group work.

The Bridge Manager

Katie Strong

My current role within Mayfield is as the Manager of the Bridge Unit. This unit provides outreach, advice and support to primary and secondary aged pupils who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream school.

School Policies

Here you can find information about our school’s policies

Times of School Day

  • School starts:                     9.15am
  • Dinner time starts:           12.15pm
  • Afternoon school starts:    1.15pm
  • School finishes:                  3.30pm

Hours in school
Daily: 5 hours 15 min
Weekly: 26 hours 15 min

Term Dates

Term dates and key events for the academic year 2016 – 2017

Inclusion

At Mayfield School we are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards.

Partnership

Throughout the years we have developed and encouraged strong and active links with a number of local schools.

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