Welcome back to Mayfield everyone at the beginning of a new school year!  I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to all the children and their families who have just started at Mayfield. Speaking with many of the children and parents in the last few days, it seems that everyone has enjoyed a lovely summer holiday and that it has gone by far too quickly!


At the end of the first week back at school, the children all seem refreshed and raring to go. They have all settled in remarkably swiftly and the school has smoothly got back into the swing of things. I have spent a happy week looking in on all the different classes. The Nursery, Pre Nursery and Kindergarten children have been having a wonderful time, sometimes inside concentrating on reading, writing, maths or practical activities, and sometimes outside learning together with bigger, more physical activities. In main school, the children have been getting to know their new teachers and working hard in all the different subjects. In spite of the hard work, they have all had smiles on their faces. This afternoon, Upper II and Lower III boys were having a great game of football on the Paddock with Mr Cook and Mr Watts while the girls were enjoying hockey with Mrs Pittaway and Mrs Cook, despite the heavy showers! All-in-all, it has made me immensely proud to see the outstanding teaching and learning taking place all over the school, inside and out!


Our academic results were excellent yet again last year, and we are looking forward to officially updating you all at the parents information evenings next Tuesday and Wednesday. Tomorrow is an important day for our Lower III pupils, as the Birmingham Schools Entrance examinations will take place, then a week on Monday the Walsall and Wolverhampton Schools entrance examinations will be held. I am sure everyone will join me in wishing all of our Lower III pupils all the best in both exams.


This year’s theme is ‘Collaboration and teamwork’ and as long as our wonderful children, parents, staff and governors continue to work effectively together as a team, then Mayfield will flourish and truly continue to be an excellent school. Together, let’s make this our best year yet. As our motto says: ‘Believe it! Achieve it!’


I wish everybody a wonderful start to the new year at school and I look forward to watching the children grow and make great progress.


Mr M Draper