Local parents, pupils and residents were shown the plans for the rebuild of Mayfield School in Portsmouth at a public information event held at the school on Wednesday 15th May 2019.
The drop in event was hosted by the contractors, Kier, to share the aspirations for the construction of a modern purpose-built 'all through' school on the east field of the Mayfield site. The architectural plans and design images for the new school building were seen by around 370 people, who were able to talk to representatives from Kier, the Department for Education (DfE), Portsmouth City Council and the school.
The new school will have a STEAM centre with a focus on product design and innovation. STEM represents science, technology, engineering and maths. STEAM investigates the same concepts, but does this through inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in the creative process. Mayfield School will be one of the first schools in the country with dedicated Innovation Laboratories in which pupils will problem solve and create the products of the future. This will prepare pupils for high end careers in engineering and design. The plans also include improved provision for disabled access, a spinning studio and dedicated ceramic and digital photo labs.
David Jeapes, Headteacher at Mayfield School said: "We want the school to be the heart of this part of Portsmouth. Parts of the school will be available for use by the community out of school hours, like the studios. What we have got here is a great opportunity. The fact that it will be purpose built for us as an 'all-through' school is amazing and we are very privileged to be in this position."
Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for Education at Portsmouth City Council said: "Mayfield was one of the first schools I visited when I started as cabinet member for education and I was so impressed with their dedication to a range of subjects. The new school design reinforces the ethos that the school already has for its young people."
The redevelopment project, led by the DfE as part of its Priority Schools Building Programme, is subject to planning approval and the formal planning process. Building is expected to start in the autumn and the new school is scheduled to open in September 2021. The old building will not be removed until the new one is completed, in order to minimise disruption to pupils.