Mayville's Rosie Michelmore's is one of only 15 pupils out of 6700 to receive an Engineering Award for her design aimed at stopping drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Rosie received her winners award for the South England Secondary Engineer Leaders Award, for designing a rear view mirror in a car with a special sensor attached that picks up if drivers are closing their eyes and becoming sleepy at the wheel. The sensor then reacts making the car seat vibrate alerting the driver that they need to stop driving. Rosie says of her design, "I really enjoyed thinking about this and adding things to my design. I'm not sure if I want to be a doctor or a pilot. I am also fascinated by planes and like the sound of the RAF." Congratulations Rosie, how fantastic.


Mayville High School Sports Academy


Here at Mayville High School we are inviting families across Hampshire and West Sussex the chance to join Mayville pupils at our newly launched Sports Academy Summer School. It is an opportunity for your children to improve their confidence and fitness, build on the skills they already have and work as part of a team. We would like to warmly invite all budding athletes and sports people to take part.  The Academy runs from Monday July 30th to August 3rd.

To book your child’s place on one of our Summer Schools, please call: 023 9273 4847 or email:

Cost: £165 for the week or £42 for a day. Pupils can come for a day or any number of days if they can't commit to a week.



Summer Schools in Performing Arts

Mayville High School launched a Performing Arts Academy earlier this year offering children in the city the chance to take part in workshops and summer schools in dance, singing, drama and stage management. Mayville High School has long been ahead of its time in recognising the intrinsic value of performing arts and now the school would like to offer its expertise and facilities to all children in the school holidays. Mayville pupils have been taking LAMDA exams in speech and drama since 1985 and is one the few schools in the South to have been involved in Rock Challenge since its inception more than 20 years. This year Mayville is staging High School Musical at the Kings Theatre and the school’s performance of Peter Pan there saw specialist teams brought in to teach children to fly in harnesses. At Mayville there are wonderful facilities including two dance studios and a hall that can be transformed into a theatre space. Many Mayville pupils have gone into higher education in the performing arts and some have gone on to work in the industry as dancers, actors, and in television. This summer Mayville is holding its Performing Arts Academy for two separate weeks from August 6th to August 10th and also from August 20th until Friday 24th.  which includes singing, dance, and drama and also a Stage Management course including lighting and sound. It is an opportunity for children to improve their confidence, improve fitness, build on the skills they already have and work as part of a team.




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Pupils play Tennis with a Prince

A group of Mayville High School pupils were part of a visit to Seacourt in Hayling Island where they got to meet the Earl of Wessex. All pupils are doing racket sports as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award and joined other children from around the country for the Royal visit. Mayville's Max Jones who is also a Real Tennis champion was presented with an award from the Earl of Wessex who also played a game of Real tennis with pupils James Medlow and Zac Burnett.

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Test Run for Eco Car

Flying around the Top Gear Training Track at Dunsfold, Mayville's Eco Car "Performed well ", according to Mr Devoy. After a few modifications the car will race again with the Mayville team at Goodwood in June. Many thanks to Dad Adrian Trise for the great photos. Congratulations to all who took part, and Good Luck for Goodwood.


Royal Meeting

Pupils and Staff enjoyed meeting the Earl of Wessex and sharing experiences this week at UTC. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Team gathered with other D of E groups from across the city at the new technology College, to meet the Earl of Wessex, the Lord Lieutenant,The High Sheriff,The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth and show case their talents. Well done Mayville. It was a very proud day!


An Inspector Calls

Year 10, GCSE drama performance was an abridged version of "An Inspector Calls" . It was performed in the round in the Linda Owens Hall. Drama teacher Mr Smith says, " It was excellent, I was really impressed with it as it was entirely the students work. They edited the script, cast it sorted out the props and also the costumes. Well done to everyone involved."


Mensa Members



A group of pupils from Mayville High School, some as young as 10 and 11 years of age, have joined the likes of British inventor Sir Clive Sinclair and Presenter Carol Vorderman to become members of Mensa. The youngest, both year 6 pupils, are part of a group of 14 children who have been awarded the prestigious membership of “The High IQ society.” Forty children from Mayville High School’s Gifted and Talented Programme took part in the Mensa IQ test session last term. Whilst the average IQ score is 100, membership of Mensa is only offered to anyone achieving a score in the top 2% of the population with the required score being 148.  Eight of those tested found themselves in the top 3 to 4 % of the population with all of the forty achieving way above the average score. 12 year old Theo Johnson who got the highest overall score says, “I was really surprised with how well I did but I’m happy and think that it will help me in the future.” Robert Goulding who is 11 and now a proud member of Mensa said, “I’m probably going to forget it in a few days but I think that it will help me get into college easier.” Anna Douglas who is 14 years old says of her membership “I’m really pleased and also surprised. There were a few questions that I didn’t finish and it has really made me more confident.” 12 year old Aman Ahmed also now a member says, “I was surprised and my Mum and Dad are really pleased. I will continue to come to the lunchtime Gifted and Talented Group because I like the activities.” Mayville’s Head of English Lauren Jones who organised the test and who also runs the school’s Senior Gifted and Talented Programme says, “These results are really impressive and now that the pupils have been offered membership they can extend their learning outside the School.” Miss Jones says, “These pupils were already identified as Gifted and Talented at Mayville and every Wednesday we have a lunchtime club where we play logic games and engage in critical thinking. We’ve also been on a school trip to an escape room and are planning on designing our own for a local competition. Mathematics and Science also run similar clubs for our Gifted and Talented students so there is much opportunity for them.” Headteacher Rebecca Parkyn says “I'm absolutely delighted with these results. For a school of our size to get 14 pupils into Mensa is an incredible achievement. It shows just how high standards are at the upper end of the ability band. Congratulations to you all!”


New Facilites for Hire!

Here at Mayville High School we are offering the use of our brand new purpose built block called 'Michael Babcock House', which includes a dance hall, recreation area, kitchen and classrooms for use by external groups. We can also offer our Main Hall 'The Linda Owens Hall' for hire for musical, theatrical, and educational activities

Mayville High School Performing Arts Academy

Here at Mayville, we are excited to announce the launch of our Academy of Performing Arts. This Easter we are running a day-long workshop in dance, drama and singing for 7-16 year old children; along with a separate stage management experience on offer for children over 10 years old. This is a taster day for our two week-long Performing Arts Summer Schools. Prices and timetables are as follows. 


The Mayville Academy of Performing Arts is open to all children aged 7-16 (not just Mayville High School pupils).

Places are limited, so please secure you child’s place by calling 023 9273 4847 or emailing

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Typewriter Tales

Creating your own "Typewriter Tales' was the challenge given to pupils from Mayville High School as part of Portsmouth Bookfest.

Pupils who are identified as A, G&T for English and/or Art were invited to a creative workshop in the informal and unusual setting of Southsea Coffee. They were offered a variety of prompts (and cake!) to inspire them to create their own mini stories. As well as using typewriters, they could also create designs with ink, calligraphy sets and stamps to ensure their unique ideas were presented in the colours and designs which best represented their ideas.

Some of our braver pupils even stood up to take part in the open mic section at the end, receiving glowing reviews from other participants.

Miss Jones said "Mrs Stoneman and I were so proud to hear our pupils read their imaginative creations so confidently to the packed audience." Their work will appear in print soon at the end of Bookfest.