Mayfield School values the individuality of each and every one of our children. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations of all of our pupils, all the way through from our EYFS pupils to those gaining accreditation and taking part in work experience.
In June 2015 we were awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark, which recognised the excellent work carried out throughout the school in regards to inclusive practice. We are very proud of this achievement and the recognition that this award has given to our staff and pupils.
Inclusion Within Our School
With a wide range of pupils attending Mayfield School there are many examples of inclusive practice, which enable pupils to learn alongside a range of peer groups. Examples include our older students providing guided reading sessions for younger classes, KS 5 sports leaders mentoring KS 2 pupils and enterprise projects run by the 6th form which involve all pupils in school. All areas of both our sites are fully accessible to all students and are used by all classes where appropriate. The school has a wide range of equipment and resources which allow all of our students to access appropriate learning activities.
Inclusion Work With Our Partner Schools
Mayfield School aims to be an inclusive school in every possible way. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder the progress of all of our students, regardless of their needs. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for all of our children. We make this happen in many ways, one of which is the way we enable our students to work alongside those of our partner schools.
At both our primary and secondary schools we are fortunate to have links with mainstream partners. Some of Mayfield’s primary aged pupils have worked inclusively with Prince Albert Primary School, taking part in numeracy and literacy sessions in a mainstream setting. This has proven highly beneficial to the pupils and staff at both schools. Mayfield also has established links with Lozells Primary School based at our HML site. Pupils from Mayfield have visited Lozells to take part in lessons and staff from both schools have worked together to further the provision for pupils with special educational needs.
Our secondary pupils attend the HML (Holte, Mayfield, Lozells) campus, which we share with Holte Secondary School and Lozells Primary School. Secondary pupils at HML share playground and other social areas together where appropriate. Classrooms from both Holte and Mayfield are located side by side in the various departments around the school. We have specialist rooms for art, science, music and cooking that are accessible to all pupils at Mayfield as well as a shared fitness suite and our own hydrotherapy pool.
Pupils and staff from Holte and Lozells have worked together in a variety of ways. Holte’s MFL department contribute to our national themed days, Holte’s Young Sport Leaders assist with our Sports Day, 6th Form students from both schools participate in drama workshops together and pupils from both schools take part in lunchtime clubs.
Inclusion Through Other Partnerships
The school has enjoyed a strong working relationship with the Birmingham REP Theatre since 2011. This has been of great benefit to ourselves and the REP and has allowed all pupils in school to access drama activities in a number of different ways. Pupils have had the opportunity to participate in backstage tours, meet the cast of productions and take part in costume and make-up workshops.
The Rep also now provide many more ‘relaxed’ performances which are suitable for adults and young people with special needs. We have also put on a range of productions in collaboration with the REP, these include The Wind in the Willows, The Train Station (about the London 2012 Olympics) and Travelling Light. These have included all pupils in school in a variety of ways and have ensured a highly productive working relationship with the REP.
The school also works with outside agencies such as Dens of Equality, Connexions, Skillforce and the Bamboozle Theatre Group, all with the aim of maximising the opportunities available to our young people.