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|Department for Education URN||116463 Tables|
|Head teacher||David Jeapes|
|Age||4 to 16|
The majority of the school building retains its original 1930s architectural style, with wooden door panels and wooden tile flooring; other parts of the school feature later stylised corridors.
Funding for a new building was agreed in 2017, with a plan to demolish the existing building.
The school is located in the buildings of the former Portsmouth Northern Grammar School for Boys and Portsmouth Northern Grammar School for Girls, which were opened in 1932. (The boys school had begun as the Northern Secondary School in Kingston in 1921). After wartime evacuation, the two secondary schools were re-established in 1946 as a result of the 1944 Education Act. The boys' school housed approximately 550 boys in 1970 and was run by the City of Portsmouth Education Committee.
In 1975 the two schools were amalgamated with Brunel School (boys) and North End Modern Girls' School to form the largest comprehensive school in Portsmouth, with approximately 1800 pupils. The roll was later reduced by the setting up of Portsmouth's Sixth Form College with the school losing its sixth form.
In 1999, the school was failing academically and was placed in "special measures" after an Ofsted inspection said it was failing to provide an acceptable standard of education. With new teachers the school has experienced a slight increase in academic achievement, with a 4% rise in GCSE achievement in 2004, compared with 2003.
In 2005, 150 students of the school launched a protest against the deportation of a fellow student, Lorin Sulaiman, who had previously immigrated from Syria in 2003 after fearing for her safety.
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In 2007, the school received the Special Performing Arts Status after raising £50,000. The school spent the money on a new Dance/Drama Studio.
- 2003 Oh What a Lovely War
- 2004 A Midsummer Nights Dream
- 2005 Romeo and Juliet
- 2006 Oliver!
- 2007 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- 2008 The Boy Friend
- 2009 Sweet Charity
- 2010 Sweeney Todd
- 2011 Alice in Wonderland
- 2012 The Wizard of Oz
- 2013 Beauty and the Beast (Cancelled)
- 2014 (No school production)
- 2015 Into the Woods
- 2015 Grease
- 2016 Oliver!
- 2017 Little Shop Of Horrors
- 2018 Our House
The school adopted a house system in 2011. The houses are Endeavor, Discovery, Intrepid and Victory, all named after historic British ships.
Notable former pupils
Northern Grammar School for Boys
- John Armitt CBE, Chief Executive from 1997-2001 of Costain Group, from 2001-2 of Railtrack, and from 2002-7 of Network Rail, and Chairman since 2007 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Olympic Delivery Authority
- James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, the UK Prime Minister from 1976 to 1979, completed his secondary education at the former (now Mayfield) Northern Secondary School in 1926.
- Sir Barry Cunliffe CBE, archaeologist
- Sir Roger Fry (educationist) CBE. Founder King's Group 1981. Chairman (1996-2011) and President from 2011 Council of British International Schools.
- Mike Donkin, former BBC world affairs correspondent
- Dr. Chris Paige, formerly Adjunct Professor of chemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is currently a professor at the University of Toronto. -->
- Sir John Pestell, Chief Adjudicator on Immigration Appeals from 1970-87 at Heathrow Airport
- Maj-Gen Brian Pennicott CVO, Colonel Commandant from 1991-6 of the Royal Artillery
- Mayfield High School (London) in Dagenham
- The Portsmouth Grammar School - independent school, and former direct grant grammar school
- "About Us | Mayfield School". mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
- Salkeld, Millie (8 November 2017). "Portsmouth school to be rebuilt thanks to £22m boost". The Portsmouth News. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- Training trios revitalise school, BBC News, 2003
- BBC Education League Tables
- Students rally over deportation, BBC News, 2005
- Pupils upset over deportation, BBC News, 2005
- Taylor, Diane (14 September 2008). "'My classmates came to the rescue when I was threatened with deportation'". The Independent. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Our School | Mayfield School". mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- Chris Paige, University of Toronto, Department of Medical Biophysics