Mayfield School

Campus Whitehaven, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8UG

01946 691253


Mountains Department

The curriculum maps and schemes of work we have developed have encouraged 'A Creative Curriculum' for our KS3 students.

This year our topic focus is:

  • Autumn Term - Restless Earth
  • Spring Term - Our World India
  • Summer Term - How we Work

Relevant QCDA and Schemes of Work for KS3 are adapted and matched to each subject module to form the basis for teaching and learning. History, Geography, RE and PHSE are taught under the umbrella of Humanities.

Students will also have the opportunity to experience 'Enterprise' through group work and various educational trips will be based around topics studied.

Students in Mountains 4 and 5 will study and collect a portfolio towards completing ASDAN Transition Challenge. Students with more complex needs have the option to follow a sensory Transition Challenge to complete the award.

KS4 students will now be offered 2 ASDAN short courses. History will be offered in year 1 and Geography in year 2. This will dovetail the ASDAN programme in KS5 and the National Curriculum in KS4.

Key Stage 4 will combine with KS5 to deliver a wider range of English and Maths including now offering high achieving students the chance to gain accreditation in these two subjects.

Those students who are not identified as achieving at this level, will study key learning block in English and Maths following the National Curriculum and Key Stage 4 texts.
Keystage 4 curriculum is based on different termly themes - Autumn Term - Restless Earth, Spring Term - Our World India, Summer Term - How we Work.

Students in Mountains 7, 8 and 9 work towards the ASDAN (Awards Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) gaining Certification in Towards Independence, Personal Development Programmes and Employability. These accrediations develop independent living skills and include subjects such as dealing with problems in daily life, developing self, using technology, personal safety, environmental awareness, leisure time, healthy living, action in the community, individual rights and responsibilities, managing own money and preparation for work. Students are taught how to function withing our school community and also within the wider community. These are accredited certificated which can be built upon in future educational facilities. Alongside this, some students will work towards additional functional skills qualifications.

We work collaboratively with a range of other providers in West Cumbria as part of Foundation Learning. This increases inclusive opportunities for personalised learning. For example one of our students attends St Benedict's School and is currently takes part in GCSE biology lessons. Three of our students attend Prism Arts at Distington School and many of our 6th formers go out regularly on Work Experience.


Independent Living Skills

The new life skills flat provides a brilliant base for students to carry out key life skills  enabling them to practice skills such as cooking, personal hygiene, house chores etc.  It is an excellent facility to enhance and extend the curriculum giving our young people the opportunity to prepare them for life long learning.

Vocational Education

The students participate in Vocational Education each Friday morning. The students have played a key role in choosing which subjects they would like the staff to offer and they choose accordingly. This has always proved very popular and the modules on offer have included first aid, multi skills, constructon, cookery, dance and science. This year the choices include cheerleading, horticulture, multi skills, woodwork, textiles and college.

All students in the department have access to specialist facilities and teaching at the Lakes College and this year the students will be able to choose to study from the followng subjects in a five week block: Catering, Construction, Hair and Beauty, Art, Engineering and Sport. These are wonderful opportunities for our students to experience college life and make informed decisions about their future.


Physical Education

PE takes place each Wednesday for all students in the Mountains department. PE involves a variety of activities including swimming, hydrotherapy, boxing, boccia, rugby, gym work, racket sports and yoga. Students are streamed in groups for this working with staff and students from across the department.

As well as the excellent school facilities such as the multi gym, trampoline, sensory studio and hydrotherapy pool we are also able to access community facilities such as the Whitehaven Boxing Club, St Bees Pool and Sports Centre, Whitehaven Sports Centre and Workington Leisure Centre.

We regularly enter boccia and football teams in district and county events. Last year our boccia team represented Cumbria in the Northern England Boccia Competiton. Our football team have been past winners of the county inclusion competition.

Last year for the second year running, Mayfield School had four teams representing Copeland in the School Games Finals at Carlisle in Boccia, Table Cricket, Table Tennis and Football.


Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Some students in Mountains Department will continue working towards their Duke of Edinburgh beginning initially with the bronze award. There is scope for student to progress to Silver and then Gold. At Mayfield we have chosen the DofE as an apporptiate qualification because of its fully inclusive nature.

Each level covers 4 section:

  • Volunteering - Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people's lives. Pupils could be interested in animals or conservation? Or might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to them? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign the Volunteering section of Dof E enables pupils to give their time to help others and change things for the better.
  • Physical - The Physical section is a chance to focus on health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as pupils pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.
    Pupils could improve football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. You don't have to be super fit or world class - with DofE, its about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.
  • Skill - The Skills section is about discovering what pupils are really good at. Maybethey want to get better at somethin they already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website?
    By developing practical and social skills and nurturing personal interest and talents boosts self-esteem.
  • Expedition - As part of a small team, pupils will plan and complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch their horizons. They will improve communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with them.

Prism Arts

Prism Arts runs weekly arts workshops for young people and adults with learning disabilities at Distington Community Centre. The group takes a multi art form approach, meaning that participants learn a range of new skills including movement, drama, visual arts and music. The programme is delivered by professional artists.

Last year the students embarked on a exciting new project based on The Vikings.

Supported by Heritage Lottery fund, members of Studio Theatre West had a research visit to the Isle of Man to 'Discover the Vikings of West Cumbria', visiting Peel Castle, Manx Museum, House of Manannan and Balladoole. Thanks to Manx Heritage a fab time was had by all involved. When they returned, the group created a play based on the information they had gleaned from the trip.

The Saga of Ernest

After researching their Viking heritage, Prism Arts Studio Theatre West worked with students from Distington Community School to create this Viking saga, they produced the story and then worked with students to make puppets and props. They then rehearsed the show, The Saga of Ernest.

Ernest is alone, his family disappeared, his home burnt by the Viking raiders. He sets off to find his family, unknown to him, he is being watched. With only his love and determination he has to battle ice giants and monstrous birds in a land that is being torn apart. He has till the next full moon to save his family and the world.

The saga will be taken on tour and performed at schools and venues along the west coast of Cumbria and then taken back to the Isle of Man.

Dragon’s Lantern

Students from Mayfield have been working with Prism Arts West Coast Studio Theatre, to devise, create and rehearse Dragon’s Lantern: a puppet performance inspired by Cockermouth’s Georgian heritage, and popular entertainment of the day. The show follows the story of two small children, who work long grey hours in the vast mill – until one day, their imaginations begin to run riot…

The group are taking the production on a regional tour, including a closed performance at Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond: the oldest working theatre in the UK that’s still in its original form. They will also be giving a public performance of Dragon’s Lantern at the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth, and will be performing for classmates and parents at Mayfield School in March.

Here are some links that might be useful, to pages on the Prism Arts website, and to the animation that the group produced last academic year.

Prism Arts: http://www.prismarts.org.uk/ 

Dragon’s Lantern at the Kirkgate: http://www.prismarts.org.uk/learning-disability/studio-theatre/studio-theatre-west-cumbria-201213/west-coast-studio-theatre-presents-dragons-lantern/ 

Prism Arts Studio Theatre West: http://www.prismarts.org.uk/learning-disability/studio-theat...

Dragon’s Lantern animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwG-47S0MLI