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From A&E medicine to aerospace engineering:
Mayfield girls attend annual Careers Evening to
hear a host of inspiring speakers

Monday evening saw over 200 Mayfield pupils from Years 9 to 13 attend the school’s annual careers evening, now into its fifth year. The girls had the opportunity to hear from speakers from over 20 different career areas, including an airline pilot, solicitor, editor, film and TV director, journalist and novelist, accountant, banker, sports therapist, a Westminster civil servant, physiotherapist, psychiatrist, GP, an A&E doctor, nurse, structural engineer, aerospace engineer, chartered surveyor, stage make-up artist and vet.

Many of the speakers were drawn from the School’s alumnae community, and it was extremely empowering for the girls to hear about how they have risen to the top of their professions, in many cases in male dominated professions.  The aim of the evening was to raise the girls’ awareness about the wide range of career opportunities and to learn about the qualities, skills and qualifications each profession needs, so they can make informed choices about their futures. The speakers also highlighted the importance of resilience, flexibility, adaptability and hard work in achieving their goals, qualities Mayfield focuses on developing in their pupils to prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of a competitive and fast-paced 21st century employment market.

The Careers Evening is part of an overarching CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) programme at Mayfield that includes formal careers lessons as part of the curriculum, 1:1 careers guidance interviews, and other employer-contact events such as the recent ‘People Like Me’ event for Year 8, part of a national programme aimed at encouraging girls to continue with STEM subjects post-GCSE.

Mayfield’s next venture is a Futures Fair, which will be open to students at other schools in the area. Scheduled for March, it will coincide with National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week.

Head of Careers, Mrs Amanda Glubb, said: “Careers education is about helping the girls to make informed choices about their future plans. It is important to us to provide an opportunity for girls to find out about a range of different career options. Sometimes they will discover a career they had not been aware of, or hadn’t considered before; sometimes they discover that a career they thought they wanted to pursue is actually not for them. Both discoveries are equally valuable.”

Mary Whitlock (Year 11), who attended talks on Journalism, Civil Service (Westminster), Publishing and Museums said: “The talks were all very interesting and informative, and I really enjoyed hearing about careers I hadn't previously considered.”


Mayfield Traditional Live Crib signals the start
of Christmas!

This wonderful Mayfield School Christmas tradition, now well into its sixth decade, was performed  by girls from Year 7 through to Year 13 over the nights of the 11th to the 14th December. 

Each evening, the Christmas story was enacted with Mary and Joseph’s journey along the village High Street, guiding a donkey and accompanied by a procession of candle-lit angels singing carols.  Turned-away at the Middle House Inn, the procession wound its way to the School’s 14th-century Chapel.  With the infant Jesus cradled in their arms, Mary and Joseph sat at the foot of the altar, with angels perched all around on the Chapel’s gothic windowsills.  With the Archangel Gabriel singing from the gallery, Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior visited baby Jesus bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The Chapel overflowed each evening with an enthusiastic congregation of all ages who joined the choir in a series of well-known carols. 

Every year this 60-year-old tradition is organised by the Mayfield School prefect team and attracts crowds of families from Mayfield and neighbouring towns and villages – over 300 people on each of the four nights.  It is unlike any other service of its kind in the area in that it uses a real donkey and a different baby to play the part of Jesus in each performance. 

Head Girl, Chelsea Henshaw, said: “I feel so lucky to be a part of such a magical spectacle.  Live Crib is a celebration of what Christmas should be all about, stripped of the commerciality, which is almost unavoidable at this time of the year.  It is also a great opportunity for girls of all different age groups to work together as part of one community.  It has been very hard work, but when you see it all come together, it is all worth it.  This is a very special memory we can take away with us after we leave school next year.” 

A retiring collection at the end of each of the four services raised funds for the prefects' chosen charities: The Cardinal Hume Centre, which is one of the very few centres to offer a complete service to the homeless, and Refuge, an organisation that supports almost 5,000 women and children rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse.


Year 9 Song Writing Workshop Lyric Challenge

On the afternoon of Thursday 9th November, Year 9 crowded into the Music Block for an afternoon of song writing with Rich Cottell, an energetic young singer-songwriter. Mr Cottell gave the girls an introduction to the music industry, describing his career and how songs are written and produced, then he set them a ‘lyric challenge’.

After the groups had written some lyrics, Mr Cottell helped them put these to chords and a melody. At the end of the afternoon the girls and Mr Cottell performed their verses and choruses for six original songs. An impressive amount of work!

Dr M J C Ward, Director of Music


Exceptional GCSE results at Mayfield 

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 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. 

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It may be raining outside but the sun is shining in Mayfield  with another exceptional performance at
A Level and Pre-U for Mayfield girls!

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 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. 

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Ceramics at Mayfield featured in nsead Spring 2017, Issue 18

Our inspirational Head of Ceramics, Tim Rees-Moorlah, has written an article for The National Society for Education in Art and Design magazine about flying the flag for ceramics at a time when reduced budgets, resources and support has seen its gradual demise as a subject area in arts education. To read the article in full please click on the image below.

(nsead Spring 2017, Issue 18)