The curriculum at Mayfield is rooted in the convictions of its founder, Cornelia Connelly. As such, the curriculum aims to provide breadth and depth of opportunity, it is wide and varied, and all subjects within it are granted equal value within school. The teachers in each of our academic departments are passionate about their subjects and about inspiring girls to achieve their academic potential.
Our curriculum meets the individual needs of each girl. It is designed to challenge all pupils and to extend the most able, but it is also accessible to those with specific learning difficulties or for whom English is a second language.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3) the girls’ basic skills are developed, new areas of learning introduced and horizons widened.
Years 10 and 11 are the GCSE years. Most girls study 10 or 11 subjects, including a compulsory core of six subjects and four or five optional subjects chosen freely from a substantial list.
Core subjects in Years 10/11: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, a modern foreign language, Religious Studies, and Science
Optional subjects in Years 10/11: Art & Design, Ceramics, Classical Civilisation, Drama, Food & Nutrition (City & Guilds), French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Spanish.
The guiding principles of the A level course at Mayfield (Years 12 and 13) continue to be breadth and depth. From September 2015 to September 2017 GCE courses in all subjects are being reformed, such that by September 2017 all subjects will offer a one year AS course and a two year A level course.
Girls choose up to five subjects in Year 12 from a list of 30 possible options. Three or four of these will be two year advanced courses. Our policy in this interim period is for all girls to take the AS examination at the end of Year 12, even if they are taking the two year advanced course. This will enable girls to have an externally verified assessment of their progress and provide a measure of their attainment to support their university applications.