Mayfield and the Wider Community

Actions Not Words

At Mayfield, we endeavour to live by our motto of Actions Not Words in all areas of School life and in all interactions with others. Our primary focus is to provide an excellent education based on the seven Principles laid out by Cornelia Connelly when she founded the School, and to prepare students for the world beyond Mayfield. Through our involvement with the wider community, we are able to demonstrate our commitment to the Cornelian Principles that are key to our ethos and the educational experience we provide - Joy, Compassion, Integrity, Generosity, Gratitude, Respect and Courage.

 

Community and Sport

As we are located in the heart of Mayfield Village, it is important to us that we are very much part of the local community. We are fortunate to have been in a position to develop wonderful sports facilities that we strive to make as widely available as possible. A number of local primary schools use our swimming pool on a regular basis – Mayfield Primary School, Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s Hadlow Down, Dallington Primary School, All Saints Old Heathfield, Rotherfield Primary, Broad Oak, Five Ashes and Punnetts Town. We also organise a special day for Mayfield Primary School children to visit the School and use our facilities. They take part in a dance workshop, athletics training and other activities. We open the pool for public swimming at a nominal cost three nights a week, and we host netball workshops and tournaments for local primary schools. If you are a local school, and would like to enquire about the use our facilities, please contact the Bursar (bursar@mayfieldgirls.org).

 

Teaching links

We also seek to widen access to educational resources by sharing experiences and expertise with other schools. We are involved in a number of initiatives including Oxbridge interview practice sessions with students from The Skinners School, Weald of Kent Grammar School, Sackville School and Maria Fidelis School; and host an annual weeklong exchange with Maria Fidelis School with whom we undertake peer observation and share good practice. We are hosting our first Primary STEM Day this summer whereby 65 pupils from Mayfield and Five Ashes Primary Federation, Mark Cross Primary School, and Sacred Heart Wadhurst, join the School for a day of Science, Mathematics and ICT activities.

We are also heavily involved in the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP), which is supported by the Department for Education and managed by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), an independent educational charity. The FMSP organises many local teacher networks around the country. The networks focus on sharing good practice, professional development and promoting developments in teaching and learning. At Mayfield, we coordinate the local network group and invite teachers (and sometimes students) from local state and independent schools to our meetings. These meetings give teachers time to share different approaches to teaching Mathematics and an opportunity to discuss the current issues. In June, Cath Moore, an FMSP area coordinator, is visiting Mayfield to talk about the statistical element of the new A level Mathematics. We will be joined by teachers from schools in Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and Eastbourne.

 

Music and the Arts

Three years ago, we appointed an Artist in Residence, not only to support arts graduates in developing their own work, but to provide inspiration to our students and promote creativity in the wider community. It has been a popular venture. We also host the Agenda Poetry Festival, the Mayfield Festival, the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition, and organise Live Crib each year.

 

Chaplaincy

Our historic Chapel and facilities are regularly used for Catholic primary school retreats and away-days, and for meetings of the local Catholic School Consortium which comprises Sacred Heart, St Mary’s Crowborough, St Philip’s and St Winifred’s, and Mayfield.

Both Sunday and weekday mass (during term time) are open to the community, and the Chapel is available for fundraising events. We also host Eucharistic Minister Preparation Days and the Deanery Priests’ Meeting.

 

Actions Not Words Community Service

This programme involves Mayfield girls volunteering at a number of local primary, special and nursery schools, care homes, Riding for the Disabled and the Folly Wildlife Trust. We also host lunches and afternoon tea groups for the elderly, and undertake charity fundraising throughout the year. Over the last two years, we have supported Cafod, the Medaille Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Kids Company, Walking with the Wounded, Pink Day, Shelter Box, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Opportunities for Children, Save the Children, Marie Curie, Smile Train, Action on Hearing Loss, Royal British Legion, Children in Need, the Ebola Crisis, Cafod’s Phillipine and Nepal Crises, Rwanda Aid, Book Aid, Malala Foundation, and the Cardinal Hume Centre Care for Carers.

 

Bursaries and Scholarships

To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are introducing a Diocesan Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded each year to an applicant from a local Catholic primary school. It will be merit-based with the recipient earning the scholarship on the basis of demonstrable academic potential or potential in art, choral singing, music, drama or sport. However, every Scholar will also have the opportunity to be means-tested so that a Diocesan Scholarship could be worth up to the full value of the tuition fees. The Diocesan Scholarship will be awarded for the first time for the academic year 2017 - 2018.

This is just one of the many bursaries and scholarships we offer. This year, this year the value of means-tested bursaries made available totalled £771,000 and represented 9.1% of our gross fees. The bursaries provided assistance to 153 pupils of which three benefitted from a full remission of fees. Seven pupils in receipt of a bursary also went on to win scholarships at the School, also resulting in a full remission of fees. For further information on bursaries and scholarships at Mayfield, please contact the Bursar (bursar@mayfieldgirls.org).

If you are interested to see more of what we do in support of our local schools and community, further details on the projects we undertake can be found at www.schoolstogether.org.