Mayfield School

East Sussex

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 367 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1863

General Information

For 150 years Mayfield has provided intellectual challenge for each individual at each age and stage of her education and fostered in her a love of learning. We educate girls to develop their known talents and to discover their hidden ones. Inspirational teaching, from highly-qualified and dedicated staff, enables our girls to blossom in expected and, often, in quite unexpected areas. This is due to the equal value which we place on every subject and to the breadth of curriculum we offer. Girls are always encouraged to do their best and given the confidence they need to succeed.

Facilities

Full Equestrian Centre, Dance School, All-weather pitches, Concert Hall, Gymnasium, School Lake, Netball Courts, Tennis Courts, Fitness Suite, Extensive Athletics Facilities, Food & Nutritional Centre, World renowned Ceramics Centre, Textiles Centre, Extensive Modern Language Provision, Outstanding EAL Department, Theatre, Concert Hall, Library, Café, Art School, Music School, Mayfield Farm, Heated indoor Swimming Pool, New Sixth Form Centre, Lecture Theatre.

The on site Equestrian Centre boasts extensive stabling and grazing, off road hacking and a 20 x 40m indoor arena. As well as an Olympic- sized all weather arena, a full set of BSJA show jumps and a professionally built cross country course.

Entrance Requirements

Exam results can tell us much about a candidate. However, we also measure verbal reasoning, spatial awareness and IQ; in order to gauge underlying ability and potential for achievement. In the event of entry to a particular year being over-subscribed, Mayfield will apply the following criteria to each individual application in this order: Ability, aptitudes, talents and needs - priority given to those girls who can meet our academic standards and expectations, as evidenced by examination, prior achievement, certification, interview and other aspects of the admissions procedure. Religion - priority given to Catholics and then other Christian denominations. Boarding status - priority given to girls seeking boarding places. Associations - priority given to those girls with a current or past family association with the School.

Scholarships

We offer Academic Scholarships and Gifted & Talented Scholarships (awarded to pupils who display a special talent in Creative Art, Drama & Physical Theatre, Music, and Sport.)

Open Days

2019. Open Mornings: Fri. 22nd March and Tues. 30th April

To reserve a place please contact Mrs Shirley Coppard, Registrar on 01435 874642 or via email at registrar@mayfieldgirls.org.

Fees

2018/2019. Day Fees (per term): £7,000. Full Boarding Fees (per term): £11,300.

Flexi-boarding (per night, up to 3 nights a week): £58. Occasional boarding (per night): £68.

Sibling and Forces discounts - please contact the school for details

Reports

ISI Inspection 2015
ISI Inspection 2012

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Miss Antonia Beary

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Jennifer Gandy

Mayfield School
The Old Palace
Mayfield
East Sussex
TN20 6PH

[t]: 01435 874642
[w]: www.mayfieldgirls.org

Location Description

The School is situated at the highest point in the village of Mayfield, once described as, ‘the sweetest village in England’ by the poet Coventry Patmore. The surrounding landscape is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty because of its rolling hills, abundant woods and hedgerows, scattered farmsteads and sunken lanes.

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Mayfield independent girls' day and boarding school East Sussex

Mayfield is celebrating another year of exceptional GCSE results, with almost half of all entries awarded 9-8 or A* equivalent, recognising the very best performing

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students.  70% of entries were graded 9-7 or A*/A equivalent and 98% 9-4 or A*/C equivalent.

The new 9-1 grading scale, applied to 22 subjects this year, forms part of the government’s GCSE examination reforms, involving more demanding content and the significant reduction or elimination of coursework across all disciplines, making it even more challenging for students to reach the top grades.

Almost 30% of Mayfield girls were awarded 9-7 or A*/A equivalent in all their subjects and over one third achieved 9-7 in ten or more subjects, an outstanding result for a school with a broad academic intake in a more challenging examination environment.

Mayfield excels in unlocking and developing the potential in each of its pupils and the girls have achieved top results across the spectrum of disciplines.  In Biology, Chemistry and Physics, 82% of entries were awarded 9-7 (A*/A equivalent); in the creative and performing arts almost 70% achieved a 9-7 grade and in Maths and Further Maths, almost two thirds of entries were graded 9-7.  An impressive 35% of pupils achieved the top 9 grade in Religious Studies with over three quarters awarded 9-7.

Against a backdrop of fewer pupils in the UK studying languages, Mayfield girls demonstrated their linguistic talents, with 95% of all French entries and 94% of all Spanish entries awarded 9-7.  The School provides a wide range of language options to pupils at GCSE, with Latin, Greek, German, Chinese and Japanese also represented in this year’s results.

Within these overall results are a number of remarkable individual accomplishments.  Caroline from Mark Cross, whose mother and two sisters also attended Mayfield, achieved an outstanding nine 9s, two 8s and an A* in Further Maths, with an impressive perfect score in Ceramics.  Caroline is looking forward to her A Level studies in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry or Ceramics, with plans to read Engineering at university.  Caroline secured a place on two summer courses in Engineering this year, at Lancaster University and the University of Plymouth, attending lectures, from both academics and industry specialists, and completing project work.  This has given her a valuable insight into undergraduate study and professional practice and she is excited about what the future holds.

Emily, from Tunbridge Wells, awarded four 9s, five 8s, two 7s and a A* in Further Maths, was thrilled to learn that her Maths result places her in the top 1% of candidates nationally at the higher level.  Emily will continue her Maths studies at A Level, alongside Biology, Chemistry and History.

Zoe, from Hong Kong, was awarded eight 9s, two 8s, one A* and one A* with Distinction in Further Maths (indicating outstanding achievement at a level higher than A*), will be studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Geography at A Level and is planning on undergraduate study in the sciences.

Mary from Tunbridge Wells, another daughter of a former Mayfield girl, was awarded three 9s, eight 8s and an A grade in Further Maths.  Mary has relished the opportunity to develop her considerable creative talents at Mayfield both inside and outside the formal curriculum and is looking forward to her A Level studies in History, English Literature, History of Art and Combined Arts.

Lily, from Crowborough, is delighted with her four 9s, five 8s, one 7 and one A*.  An accomplished ballerina, Lily combined her GCSE studies with a promising film career and completed work on her leading role in ‘You Can Tutu’, whilst also attending The Royal Ballet School in London.

Headmistress, Antonia Beary, comments:

“At a time of uncertainty and often unhelpful media speculation about examinations results, it is reassuring to see that at Mayfield it is very much business as usual, with impressive results across the board.  Mayfield girls continue to lead the way with their commitment, hard work and enthusiasm and I am extremely proud of their well-deserved achievements.

Each girl should be proud of all she has accomplished, as today is not simply about those with a healthy collection of Grade 9s.  Girls should not be defined simply by their examination results, and at Mayfield GCSEs are only part of the all-round holistic provision which ensures that the education girls receive continues to be balanced and useful: providing them not only with certificates but, more importantly, the skills and values that mean they will contribute constructively to society and play a leading role on the global as well as local stage. I am convinced that the importance we place on encouraging girls to look beyond themselves is responsible in no small part for their continued success.

As ever, I am grateful to our inspiring and devoted team of academic and support staff who enthuse, encourage and support the girls, thereby helping them to discover and make the most of their talents.

These girls now look forward to an exciting Sixth Form experience at Mayfield, where they will receive first-class tuition in small classes across an extensive curriculum choice, a comprehensive Enrichment Programme to develop valuable personal and professional skills and expert personalised advice and guidance on future career and higher education opportunities.”

Mayfield independent girls' day and boarding school East Sussex

Mayfield School is celebrating another year of exceptional A Level results, among the best in recent years.  Girls have successfully secured places on highly selective

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courses at leading universities in the UK and overseas including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol, NYU and in      Europe to study a wide range of academic disciplines encompassing Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Design, Linguistics and Psychology.

Mayfield’s results are impressive across the extensive A Level academic curriculum offered.  20% of all entries were awarded A*, with almost 60% graded A*/A and 80% A*/B.  Almost one-third of all girls were awarded three or more A*/A grades and this year fourteen subjects achieved 100% A*/B grades (up from eleven in 2017).  Mathematics remained the most popular subject at A Level, with an impressive 30% securing the top A* grade and 83% A*/A.  The School’s equally strong reputation for the creative arts is reflected in almost 100% of students achieving A*/A grades in Art, Ceramics and Textiles and 60% attaining the top A* grade.  Particularly remarkable is the perfect score of 100% achieved by Natasja from Crowborough, East Sussex, in A Level Ceramics and she is looking forward to her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Scandanavian Academy of International Fashion and Design in Copenhagen.

There are a number of other outstanding individual performances including:

Former Head Girl Chelsea from London (A*A*AA) is excited to be taking up her place at Bristol to study Medicine.  She said of her time at Mayfield, “The School encourages and supports us all to aim high and to work hard to reach our goals and I am very excited about what the future holds!  We are given opportunities from an early age to become involved in a broad range of activities and to discover and develop our talents.  I have loved my time at Mayfield and the School has prepared me well for the next exciting stage of my life”.

Amanda from Tunbridge Wells (A*AAA), the worthy recipient of a prestigious Cambridge University Choral Scholarship, is looking forward to studying Linguistics at King’s College, Cambridge.  Amanda has been immersed in the musical life of Mayfield throughout her seven years, performing with Mayfield’s choir, Schola Cantorum, at special events in Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral.  Amanda also achieved the top Distinction award in her ARSM Performance Diploma, taking her exam on the same day as her History A Level.

Beatrice from Hong Kong achieved an outstanding four A* and one A grade and plans to pursue her study of Medicine in Hong Kong, whilst Martyna from Poland, who joined the Sixth Form at Mayfield under the British Alumni Society Scholarship Programme, achieved four A* grades and has been awarded a full scholarship to NYU to study Engineering.

Headmistress Antonia Beary comments:

“I continue to be delighted by our girls’ impressive achievements.  Mayfield has a proud tradition of distinction in a wide range of disciplines and this year, once again, our girls have excelled across the board, confirming the strength in breadth and depth for which Mayfield is acclaimed.  It is important to note that not only have the straight A* girls achieved the grades they deserved but many girls have exceeded their own expectations, discovering their strengths and passions at Mayfield, and today leave the School with the highest possible grades.  The results reflect the girls’ commitment, determination and hard work as well as the inspirational teaching, first-class pastoral care and dedicated support and encouragement of our staff.  I am confident that our girls will go on to enjoy the challenge of undergraduate study, as they have the skills to make the most of the opportunities university life and future careers will offer.  Mayfield girls graduated this year with First Class degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick and a host of other outstanding international universities.  Proof, were it required, that Mayfield prepares girls to go on to excel in their chosen fields, whatever they may be.”

Mayfield offers an extensive curriculum in the Sixth Form, spanning the range of traditional academic subjects and a wide selection of creative and performing arts disciplines.  Girls follow a tailored programme of study and, reflecting the rounded nature of a Mayfield education, many will balance a combination of arts and sciences.  Mayfield has a tradition of cultivating academic excellence.  The curriculum, both within taught lessons and beyond them, is designed to create an environment in which questioning, reflection, risk-taking and the freedom to learn from mistakes are all encouraged.  Class sizes are small and inspirational teaching, from highly-qualified and dedicated staff, enables girls to flourish and excel, reflecting the equal value placed on every subject and the breadth of curriculum offered.

The School also offers a Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, promoting critical and independent thought and intellectual enquiry beyond the curriculum, as well as a Life Skills course, which prepares the girls for the future through the development of key employability and practical skills.  Personalised higher education and careers advice and guidance is provided by specialist advisors to support girls in making excellent informed choices.

Mayfield girls' independent day and boarding school East Sussex

Mayfield is celebrating some of its best ever GCSE results, an impressive achievement in a year where examination reforms have made it more challenging for

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students to reach the top grade.  Over one-third of all entries were awarded either A* or 9, the newly introduced highest grade in GCSE English and Mathematics, which recognises the very best performing students.  Almost three quarters of entries were graded A*/A or 9–7 and 98% A* to C or equivalent.

An outstanding 20% of the year group was awarded A*/A or equivalent grades in all their subjects and  almost 20% achieved 9 A* or equivalent. Over three quarters of the year group attained 5 or more A*/A or equivalent.  The GCSE results are all the more impressive as the School has a broad academic intake and they highlight Mayfield’s success in unlocking the academic potential of each girl.  They are a testament not only to the first-rate teaching and exceptional pastoral support at Mayfield but also to the School’s ethos of commitment, aspiration and challenge and we congratulate the girls on their achievements.

Mayfield has a proud tradition of distinction in a wide range of disciplines and this year students have, once again, excelled across the board, confirming the strength in breadth and depth for which Mayfield is acclaimed.  Exceptional results were achieved in Mathematics, with 42% of girls awarded top scores of 9 and 8 under the new GCSE grading system.  Our keen mathematicians also studied the challenging Further Maths IGCSE course, with almost all achieving A*/A grades and over 20% awarded A* with Distinction, indicating outstanding achievement at a level higher than A*.  Science is also a great strength of Mayfield and this year is no exception, with 90% A*/A grades in Chemistry and 83% in Physics, whilst creative and performing arts subjects continue to inspire outstanding results, with 90% A*/A grades in Art and Design and 87% at this level in Drama.

Within these results are a number of remarkable personal accomplishments.  Amelia from Cross In Hand, former Head Girl of Middle School and an Academic Scholar, achieved top grades of A* and 9 in all eleven subjects, an outstanding result, and she is excited to be commencing her A Level studies in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Art.  Mia from Burwash achieved an impressive 7A*/9/9/8/1A and is looking forward to her Sixth Form studies in Politics, Economics and Maths.

Ellie from Tunbridge Wells (8A*/9/8/7) and Ruby from Hong Kong (7A* including an A* with Distinction in Further Maths/9/1A) are the worthy recipients of prestigious Top Academic Scholarships, whilst Kizzie from Uckfield (6A*/9/8/8/2A) has been awarded a Ceramics Scholarship in the Sixth Form in addition to her Academic Scholarship.

Ashley from Crowborough  (7A*/9/9/8), a competitive sportswoman at school, rows for Bewl Bridge Rowing Club and competed at Women’s Henley during her GCSE exams, whilst Harriet from Tonbridge (4A*/9/8/8/4A), an Academic and Choral Scholar, is a key member of Mayfield’s Schola  Cantorum, which regularly sings at St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey and Cathedral.

Rachel from Tunbridge Wells achieved 6A*/9/8/8/2A and will be taking English, Psychology, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies  at A Level; Maddy from Crowborough (5A*/2A/8/7/7) was awarded the Sixth Form All-Rounder Scholarship and will study Pre U Art and Design, Biology, English and Psychology and Charlotte from Heathfield, who achieved 5A*/8/8/8/4A is thrilled with her results and looking forward to A Levels in Classical Civilisation, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Head of Middle School, Jodie Stone, commended the commitment of the year group:

“I am delighted for the girls, whose hard work and determination has been rewarded with excellent results, with a significant number exceeding expectations.  These have been achieved alongside involvement in a range of sporting commitments, drama, music and community service activities, reflecting the benefits of a broad extra-curricular programme to academic study.  I wish the girls continued success as they embark on their A Level studies.”

Headmistress, Antonia Beary, comments:

“I am immensely proud that Mayfield girls have continued to perform exceptionally well at GCSE, especially at this time of confusion and uncertainty in the education system.  These results confirm the importance of inspiring and engaging girls in the classroom, rather than simply teaching them how to pass examinations.  We are delighted by the performance of our girls in both the new and more rigorous Maths and Further Maths examinations with a higher than anticipated percentage of 9 and A* with Distinction grades, confirming the School’s excellence in this area.  Similarly, a pleasing number of 9s were achieved in English (not least given the public controversy over the marking), which reflects the all-round quality of a Mayfield education.

Girls performed equally well in Science, Humanities and Creative and Performing Arts confirming – were it ever in doubt – the importance of a wide range of subjects to achieve a balanced education.  It is unfortunate that financial restrictions in the state sector threaten to deny this breadth to so many pupils, but we remain committed to ensuring that throughout their Mayfield careers the girls are able to enjoy a range of subjects and, in so doing, discover new talents, develop transferable skills and establish lifelong interests.  We look forward to them continuing to flourish as they begin their A Level courses.”

Mayfield girls' independent day and boarding school East Sussex

Mayfield School is celebrating another year of exceptional A Level and Pre-U results, with girls securing places at top universities including Oxford, LSE, Durham, Edinburgh

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and Bristol to study a wide range of subjects encompassing Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and Music.

Impressive results were achieved across the board with over one-third of all girls awarded three or more A*/A grades.  Over 20% of all entries were awarded A* grade; 63% were graded A*/A (the highest ever result for the School at this level) and 84% were graded A*/B.  Once again, eleven subjects achieved 100% A*/B.   Mathematics remained the most popular A Level subject with almost 30% securing the top A* grade and almost 80% A*/A.  Mayfield’s strong reputation for creativity is reflected in the consistent success of its Pre-U Creative Arts candidates, with 100% achieving a Distinction, the top grading level.

There are a number of outstanding individual performances including:

Former Head Girl Becca from Mayfield (A*AA) is delighted to be taking up her place at LSE to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, whilst twin sister Naomi (A*A*A) is off to King’s to study Mathematics and Philosophy.

Lucia from Slovakia (AAAA) is excited to be heading to Jesus College, Oxford to study Music.  The worthy recipient of a prestigious Oxford Organ Scholarship, Lucia (who has performed in Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral) was also awarded a top Distinction in Grade 8 Organ, which she prepared for and took at the same time as her A Levels.

Ella from Etchingham (A*AA) has secured a place at Bristol to study Medicine, whilst Emily from Wadhurst (A*A*A), whose older sister also attended Mayfield and has just been awarded a First in Chemistry from Durham, will be studying Biomedical Sciences at Warwick.  Emily’s result is especially impressive given the significant disruption caused to her A Level studies by a lengthy hospitalisation.  Funmi from London (A*AA), a shotput county champion, is looking forward to her degree course in Chemical Engineering and Management at Loughborough, whilst Emily from Tunbridge Wells (A*A*AA) is awaiting confirmation of her place at Trinity College Dublin to read Geography and Economics.

Headmistress Antonia Beary comments:

“I am thrilled that our girls have achieved such impressive A Level and Pre-U results, particularly in the current climate of uncertainty over grades and the confusion associated with the new examination system.  It is a testament to Mayfield’s diversity that every department has achieved excellent results and the girls performed equally well in every subject, from Geography to Ceramics and Drama to Maths.  The results reflect the rounded nature of a Mayfield education as many girls continue to balance arts and sciences at A Level maintaining a high standard across the board; this confirms the importance and benefits of transferring the creativity and independent thinking required in creative and performing arts across all their subjects.  Each girl follows a tailored and personalised course in the Sixth Form, which means that she is able to build on her strengths and emerge as a confident individual.  I am delighted that so many girls go on to follow such interesting and varied career paths: this is a reflection not only of their hard work and the calibre of teaching they receive, but just as importantly to the quality of the pastoral care, guidance and the aspirational nature of the community at Mayfield.  I wish them continued success as they go on to enjoy undergraduate life: I am confident that they have had the best possible preparation at Mayfield.”

Mayfield girls' independent day and boarding school East Sussex

This year almost 15% of Mayfield girls achieved an awe-inspiring A*/A in 12 or more subjects! Over a quarter of

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the year achieved more than 10 A*/A grades and almost three quarters of the year each achieved at least 5 A*/A grades. This is all the more impressive as the school’s intake is not highly selective. It is testament not only to good teaching but also to girls who work hard and are keen, independent learners. Just as importantly these are girls who are also involved in a range of sporting, drama, music and community service activities.

Every subject has its familiar success stories: 100% A*/A in Chemistry at GCSE echoes our A Level results and confirms business as usual for the Science department at Mayfield. Biology results were also impressive. Similarly, subjects as diverse as Further Maths, Sport and Greek all achieved 100% A*/A. As ever, high scores across the board encompassed a wide and varied range of additional departments with History, Geography, Art, Music, Maths and Further Maths, and Latin all also achieving over 80% A*/A, thus confirming the strength in depth for which Mayfield is rightly acclaimed.

All girls are expected to study 3 sciences at GCSE, with at least one language and RS as well as Maths and English, and then have the choice of an additional 3 subjects. Girls study 10 or 11 GCSEs as part of the curriculum, but a number choose to take additional subjects.

As usual, keen Mathematicians also took the Further Maths GCSE course. All achieved A*/A and this year almost 20% were graded at A* with Distinction (A^), indicating exceptional achievement at a level higher than A*.

Davina Thomas from Mayfield who achieved 12 A* is an exceptionally talented Artist, but is going on to study Maths, Economics, History, Religious Studies and History of Art. Amanda McHugh from Tunbridge Wells, a keen actress and Musician achieved 9 A* and 3 As. She will be studying English, History, French, Music and RS. Olivia Larsson (11A* 2A) is aiming for Engineering and studying Pre-U, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics and Maple Ng (A^ 10 A* A) who wants to study Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Music and Religious Studies are key members of Mayfield’s Schola Cantorum, which regularly sings at St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey and Cathedral.

Katie White, a keen sportswoman and competitive swimmer for Mayfield and local club Beacon (11 A* 1A) will be studying Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Geography while fellow teammate Chelsea Henshaw (A^ 8A* 3A) who is also a compelling actress and school sacristan will be taking Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Latin.

Mrs Sharon Rothero, Mayfield’s Head of Middle School, comments:

“We are delighted that the hard work the girls have put into their studies over the course of the last two years has been rewarded by excellent results. This year group has had an excellent work ethic and have also been great fun to work with. It is particularly pleasing that so many girls have exceeded themselves in subjects that they have previously found difficult – and they should be thrilled.”

Miss Antonia Beary, Mayfield’s Headmistress, comments:

“At a time when the exam system is in a state of flux, we are delighted by another year of consistently high GCSE results in all subjects at Mayfield. The year group as a whole has done very well, and each individual has achieved results of which she can be proud. The many girls who have achieved strings of A*/As are to be congratulated, but we are also immensely proud of those girls who have more than exceeded our expectations (and their own!) with the grades they have achieved. These results confirm that the quality of a Mayfield education is based on depth, breadth and, of course, creativity. It is significant that finding time for sport, drama and music in addition to academic studies is a key ingredient in examination success and those girls achieving 10+ A*/A enjoy contributing to the wider life of the school.

These results also prove that girls don’t have to specialise at this early stage, but with appropriate challenge and support, they can be as successful at Science and Maths as they are at languages, or creative arts. These girls have an outstanding academic foundation on which to build, and their results ensure that they will be able to choose from a wide range of subjects at A Level and beyond. Mayfield has a proud history of producing scientists, innovators and artists and this year looks like being no exception.”

Mayfield girls' independent day and boarding school East Sussex

Another year, another impressive set of A Level results for girls at Mayfield School: 100% pass rate and an A* to B pass rate of

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over 75%. Over a quarter of all girls achieved 3 or more A*/A grades, two thirds of the cohort achieved at least one A*/A grade in challenging academic subjects. This is particularly impressive given that the school’s intake is not highly selective.

Impressive results across the board saw eleven subjects achieved 100% A*/B. As ever, the most outstanding results were in the sciences with Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics all achieving consistent success. Particularly noteworthy was the 75% of a large cohort achieving A*/A in Chemistry for a successive year, and over two thirds of Biologists achieving the same accolade with 100% being awarded A*-B. Given Mayfield’s reputation for creativity it is no surprise that the Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design candidates built on the impressive success of last year when candidates achieved the top marks in the country. This year over 80% achieved a Distinction which is the top grading.

Yet again there were outstanding individual performances:

Tiffany Li earned a remarkable four A* and 2 A grades in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology and Chinese.  She has a place to study Medicine at Dundee. Maria Barelkowska has A*s in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Polish and EPQ and an A in Further Maths, she will be taking up a place at Imperial College, London, to read Engineering. Phoebe Toyne-Bridges (A*A*A) is delighted to be taking up her place at Exeter College, Oxford to read Law. Karolina Parambul (A*A*A*A) is hoping to study Medicine.

A host of girls with straight A*/A are off to their university of choice: Laura Gilliland, off to study Medicine at Edinburgh, having achieved A*/As in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Geography, and will be joined by Jessica  Butcher (Anthropology) and Madeline Hibbins-Cline (Art). Durham is also popular this year Zarina Budd (Economics), Eloise Stadler (Anthropology), Madeline O’Conor (Archaeology).

Wera Ruan, who achieved (A*AAA) has a place to study Economics at Warwick. Head Girl Francesca McLaren (A*AD2) with a place at UCL to study Anthropology, and will be joined in London by Tinki Chan studying Biomedical Science and Amelia Wang (Engineering) both at KCL, and Brontë McFadyean (A*AD2) who is one of a number of girls who have places at Wimbledon College (UAL) where she will be studying Costume Design. Tabitha Sternberg Allen (AAA), already used to winning on an International stage having represented GB and the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) in International competition, will be performing in a different arena when she begins her veterinary course at RVS in September. Zoe Snowball-Yudowi (AAD2), who lives in Mayfield, and is one of our dance scholars, has a place at Nottingham to study Criminology. She is currently dancing in New York on a scholarship and has a number of ballet schools vying to offer her a place. Zoe has also danced with the English National Ballet.

Headmistress Miss Antonia Beary comments:

“I am delighted that this year’s leavers have achieved the grades that they deserve, and which reflect the quality and variety of their education experience at Mayfield. As ever girls have been able to excel in a diverse combinations of subjects: Sciences, Humanities and the Creative and Performing Arts. Behind the statistics there are individual stories: girls who have worked tremendously hard and made exceptional progress during their time at Mayfield. There are too many successes to mention: these include not only whose who have a plethora of A*s but also those whose results may appear more modest but are an indication of sustained effort, application and resilience. Against a background of turbulent results it is reassuring that the standard of results at Mayfield remains high albeit that, as is becoming the norm, sadly some individuals have suffered from erratic exam marking.

Many girls continue with a combination of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at A Level and their success reflects the value and importance of creative thinking not simply in ‘artistic’ subjects, but across the board. It is gratifying to see that the national trend of students moving towards more challenging A Level subjects and the increasing popularity of Maths, is beginning to reflect what is the norm at Mayfield. We are proud to provide such an innovative, holistic and enlightened approach and look forward to Mayfield remaining a leading proponent of education which nurtures and values the talents of individuals both inside and outside the classroom.

Another set of outstanding science results confirms that Mayfield is the best place to be if you are interested in science, with almost 90% of

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Chemistry, Biology and Physics papers graded as A*/A, matching the success enjoyed by A level candidates. Reassuringly, similarly impressive results in a range of subjects from Geography (90%) and Music (100% A*/A) with French, Ceramics, History, Drama, Maths and Further Maths all achieving well over 80% A*/A confirm the benefits of a balanced, holistic approach to education. All girls are expected to study 3 sciences, at least one language and RS as well as Maths and English, with the choice of an additional 3 subjects.

As usual, those Mathematicians who sat their GCSE early took the Further Maths GCSE level course. One third were graded at A* with Distinction (A^), indicating exceptional achievement at a level higher than A*.

Twins Naomi and Rebecca Snow achieved 22 A* and 2As grades between them, while Naomi gained more A*, Rebecca achieved A* with Distinction in Further Maths. Martha Gabriel justly deserved her 11 A*s as did Regina Lai her 8 A* grades with an A* with Distinction for Further Maths and 2 further As. Also to be congratulated are Funmi Ademuwagun . In addition Alex Bowen, Emily Lao and Coral Man achieved straight A*/A and over one third of all girls achieved 9+ A*/A and two thirds of the year achieving 5+ A*/A.

Mrs Sharon Rothero, Mayfield’s Head of Middle School, comments:
“We are delighted that the hard work the girls have put into their studies over the course of the last two years has been rewarded by excellent results. This year group has had an excellent work ethic and have also been great fun to work with. It is particularly pleasing that so many girls have exceeded themselves in subjects that they have previously found difficult – and they should be thrilled.”

Miss Antonia Beary, Mayfield’s Headmistress, comments:
“We are delighted by another year of outstanding GCSE results in all subjects at Mayfield: for the year group and also for specific individuals. These results prove that in the right atmosphere, with appropriate challenge and support, girls can be as successful at science and maths as they are at languages, or creative arts. These girls have an outstanding academic foundation on which to build, and are able to choose from a wide range of subjects to make the right choices for A level. Mayfield has a proud history of producing scientists, innovators and artists: young women who are able to respond positively and cheerfully to the challenges of a global community. We are all looking forward to them making their mark on the Sixth Form and we have high hopes for them in the future.”

For the fifth successive year, girls at Mayfield School raised the bar, achieving outstanding A Level results with the A* to B pass rate increasing

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to 81%, the best for five years. 30% achieved straight A*/A with over a quarter of all grades being A*and almost 80% of the girls achieving at least one A*/A grade. 100% of girls passed 3 or more A Levels, with a good number successfully studying an eclectic range of four or five challenging academic subjects. This is particularly impressive given that the school’s intake is not highly selective.

Impressive results across the board saw subjects including Further Maths, Music, Spanish and History of Art achieving 100% A*/A. Furthermore, 15 additional subjects achieved 100% A*/B. This year saw the first cohort of results for the two year Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design. The results could not have been better with each girl achieving Distinction 1 (D1), which is the top grade, and significantly higher than an A* grade. In addition, Mayfield’s outstanding Ceramics department also had another successful year, with 80% of candidates achieving A* or A. There were exceptional results, as ever, in all the Sciences and Maths where an increasing number of girls achieved full marks in a range of modules. Particularly noteworthy was the 75% of a large cohort achieving A*/A in Chemistry. The consistently strong Geography department saw 85% of its students achieving A*/A including several girls being awarded full marks: 400/400!

Karolina Prylinska earned a remarkable five A* grades in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Polish. She will be reading Medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Joanna Banasik’s four A* grades in Economics, Government & Politics, Mathematics and Polish mean that she will be taking up her place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge to read Human, Social and Political Science. Head Girl Amelia Gabriel (A*A*A) is delighted to be taking up her place at Lincoln College, Oxford to read English. She will be joined in Oxford by Mary-Rose Beamish, who achieved 100% in both her AS and A2 Geography. Mary-Rose is set to read Geography at St Edmund’s Hall. Also off to study the same subject is Livvy Reid (A*AA), who similarly achieved full marks in Geography.

Particular congratulations go to Kate Saldanha, one of our outstanding Pre-U Art and Design candidates, who was awarded A* grades in Chemistry and History of Art alongside her D1; an outstanding but well-deserved achievement. Kate’s results- a combination of Sciences and Arts subjects- reflect the importance Mayfield places on breadth and creativity in the curriculum. Beatrice Cardozo (D1AB) whose Pre U work was based on a Medieval Spanish theme has earned not only outstanding marks but also the admiration of the Queen of Spain herself!

Lydia Potter (A*A*A) will be going to read medicine at Cardiff and Sophie Malory (AAA) to read Veterinary Science at Glasgow. London universities are the destination of Summer Balfour (A*A*A) who will be reading Politics, Philosophy and Law at Kings, Cecelia Yip’s two A*and one A are taking her to Imperial College to read Bio-Chemistry and Valentine Godin (A*AA) who has a place at the London School of Economics to read Economics and Maths. Livvy Reid is off to study Geography at Durham (A*AA), having achieved full marks in 400/400 in her Geography. Kitty Evans-Smith and Katie Dickinson (also both A*AA) are off to Bristol (English and Film) and Bath (Management), respectively.

Headmistress Miss Antonia Beary comments:
“It has been another outstanding year for Mayfield girls. The standard of their performance inside and outside the classroom continues to impress: be it the girls achieving straight A* or those who have been rewarded by marks which may not appear stellar, but which are an impressive reflection of their hard work and commitment over the past two years. Almost 75% girls continue with a combination of Arts and Sciences to A Level and their success reflects the value and importance of creative thinking not only in what are perceived to be traditionally artistic subjects, but also in all branches of science and the humanities. All of the girls study traditional, rigorous and challenging A Level subjects and there is no doubt that the expectation that they think independently and take responsibility for their own work has helped them to such pleasing outcomes. I am confident that what they have learnt and the way in which they have learnt it – not to mention the friendships they have made -will stand them in good stead as they go on to University and beyond. For each girl, in her own way, the future should be bright. I look forward to hearing of their continuing progress.”

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