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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England Cricketer Coaches Mayfield teams
We are delighted to announce that we have managed to secure the services of international cricketer Lydia Green as part of our successful Sport England Bid. Lydia, whose illustrious career has led to her being described as “the best women's fielder in England Cricket” is a visiting coach, and has already given the Year 7 and 8’s two sessions. She will be returning to the School on Thursday 25th May and again in June to give further sessions.
Mrs Georgina Fletcher Head of PE said “The introduction of cricket at Mayfield has been met with great positivity and enthusiasm by our girls. We are all very much looking forward to improving our skills with Lydia ahead of our own resident Cricket coach, Emily Starr, starting in September.”
Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Head of PE
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)
Last weekend was one of intense musical activity for Schola. On Saturday we were delighted to be invited to sing for the Vigil Mass in Westminster Cathedral. This is always a moving experience and the girls received great praise for the tranquil beauty of their performance.
Then on Sunday, girls from Schola joined the Mayfield Festival Choir for a sell-out performance of Messiah, conducted by Jeremy Summerly. It was a tremendous effort, especially coming so close to our trip to London, but it was well worth it and I am extremely proud of the girls and the very high standard of performance they achieved yet again.
Mr Peter Collins, Director of Music
Mayfield Poetry Eisteddfod 2016
Congratulations to Isabelle Shirley in Year 7 and to Bronwyn Maher in Year 8 who both won 1st place in their year groups in the Poetry Eisteddfod last Friday.
Isabelle had learnt William Blake's 'Tyger' and Bronwyn recited 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes.
Patricia McCarthy, poet and editor of the poetry journal Agenda, kindly judged the competition and was impressed by both girls' projection, expression and understanding of the power of their chosen poems. Other prizes were awarded to Kitty Muysken and Phoebe Wells, both Year 7, and Harriet Armstrong in Year 8 was highly commended.
Ms McCarthy spoke to the girls about the value of learning poetry by heart. She was pleased to hear about the number of Mayfield girls who write poetry and she read them her most recent poem called 'Odd One Out', a dramatic poem in memory of a neglected girl she had known as a child.
Well done to all our pupils who learnt their poems so well and especially the Year 7s who bravely performed to a large audience in Gresham.
Mrs Evans, Head of English
In the (very!) early hours of the first Monday of half term, 18 students from Years 10 to 12 headed off for a five day tour of the main historical sites in Berlin and Krakow, accompanied by Mr Warren, Mrs Bushell, Mrs Von Wulffen and Mr Cahill.
Our busy itinerary began with a walking tour of Berlin city centre with stops along the way at the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the poignant Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Bebelplatz - the site of the infamous Nazi book burnings, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. At each site, the girls learnt about the history of the city and Germany as a whole during the Nazi and Cold War periods. At the Topography of Terror exhibition we discovered more about Nazi persecution while tours of an ex-Stasi (East-German secret police) prison which didn’t exist on any maps, the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, and an underground nuclear fallout shelter, gave us an insight into the repressive nature of Communist rule and the terrible risk of nuclear conflict during the Cold War.
On Wednesday evening, we travelled by overnight train to Krakow, Poland, arriving on Thursday for one of the main events of the trip - a visit to the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The tour was a powerful and emotive experience for girls and staff alike and one which I am sure we will all remember. Our final day was spent touring the old Jewish quarter of Krakow and visiting the museum in Oscar Schindler’s factory. (Senior Film Club will be airing the Oscar-winning Schindler’s List later this term).
With clear relevance for the GCSE History unit on Weimar and Nazi Germany, as well as the Cold War topic studied at A Level, the trip also offered links to issues covered in Religious Studies lessons and gave some of the girls a fantastic opportunity to practise their German. My thanks go to the girls who came on the trip for their truly outstanding behaviour and enthusiasm, as well as the staff for giving up their half term and being so helpful! If you are interested in this trip, I hope to run it again in October 2018 – so watch this space!
Mr David Warren, Head of History
IMG Tennis Academy
During half term, eleven pupils set off for a once in a lifetime opportunity to train at the world famous IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. After settling into the campus environment, the girls enjoyed getting used to the new courts and the 30 degree heat. On the first training day they were nervous about being assessed, but rose to the challenge and coped well. The schedule was gruelling as they were told "don't walk on a tennis court" and "one minute to collect the balls", but this didn't deter the girls - they just got better and better each day.
As the week progressed they played matches against children from Japan, Germany, USA, Columbia and China, and had their technique analysed and videoed. Nick Bollettieri (who has trained the Williams sisters, Agassi and the current world number four - Kei Nishikori), spoke with the girls and watched each of them hit a forehand and a backhand. He then gave them feedback on improving their technique.
As the week drew to a close, the girls had mixed emotions. They were tired and ready for a day of rest, but also inspired by what they had learnt and how much they had improved. They thoroughly enjoyed a day at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando before a shopping trip to Florida Mall for a few presents. The girls were a credit to Mayfield and we were very proud of them.
Mrs Helen Miller, PE
Mayfield Riders are National Schools Champions AGAIN!
Mayfield School Equestrian Squad was riding high after once again winning a number of titles at the National Schools Championships at Addington Manor last weekend (21st-24th October).
A weekend of Championship team successes saw Mayfield take the National Schools Dressage Team Champions title, become the National 1.10m Team Show Jumping Champions and the National Open Arena Eventing Team Champions, where the team was over 12 marks ahead of any other school.
The girls also swept the board individually. Year 10 pupil Molly Faulkner becoming the National Special Jumping with Style 1.10m champion, with Mayfield girls also taking the 2nd and 3rd place and Year 9 pupil Anna Martin became the BE series National Champion, with Mayfield again taking another three section titles in this category.
As a result of the weekend’s success four of our girls, Kitty Ashby, Catherine Haurie-Moss, Molly Faulkner and Amy Whiffen were invited to compete for England in the Schools Nations Show Jumping Cup, again winning their section! Year 13 pupil, Immie Long, was also invited to compete in the Nations Cup Dressage Section, providing Mayfield with their final success to round off a triumphant weekend.
Director of Riding Jill Barker said: “Congratulations to everyone who made up the Mayfield team for the four days. Our tremendous success was the culmination of plenty of hard work but also the most fantastic team spirit which was the envy of many of our fellow competitors.”
National Schools Dressage Team Champions Molly Faulkner, Katie Higgins, Immie Long & Georgia Thompson (including 3 riders winning their sections)
National 1.10 Team Show Jumping Champions- Amy Whiffen, Anastasia Gailly de Taurines, Scarlett Vereker & Molly Faulkner
National Open Arena Eventing Team Champions Katie Higgins, Molly Faulkner, Immie Long & Amy Whiffen (Mayfield teams were over 12 marks ahead of other schools)
National Special JwS 1.10 Individual Champion Mollie Faulkner, Katie Higgins & Amy Whiffen (plus 2nd & 3rd)
BE Series- National Champion (Anna Martin ) plus 3 section titles – Anna Martin, Katie Higgins & Scarlett Vereker
Schools Nations Show Jumping Cup SJ (Kitty Ashby, Catherine Haurie-Moss, Molly Faulkner & Amy Whiffen)
Nations cup dressage section Immie Long
Other notable successes included:
80m Jumping With Style - 8th
80m Show Jumping - 5th
90 Jumping With Style - 5th
1m Show Jumping - 2nd & 5th
...and a host of individual placings.
Oxford Scholarship offer
Congratulations to Year 13 pupil, Lucia Svecova, who has been awarded the Organ Scholarship to Jesus College Oxford. Lucia still needs to achieve her target grades at A Level, but we are quietly confident. As an Organ Scholar, Lucia will have many privileges in College. In addition to the financial award, she will have special rooms and dining rights. Lucia will have a number of responsibilities including playing at College services and helping to conduct College choirs.
Peter Collins, Director of Music at Mayfield, said "It has been tremendously rewarding to develop Lucia's undoubted talent and to see her succeed at this very high level. The competition for these scholarships is intense, so I am very proud of her and pleased that she has been enabled to succeed by what we as a School have offered her.”
Lucia added, “I have probably never been as happy as I am now! A year ago I would not even have thought about applying to Oxford. Mayfield has literally changed my life completely. I still cannot believe that I have actually got the Organ Scholarship and the University offer from the best University in the world! I am honestly grateful and will work hard to get the grades to meet the offer. I am looking forward to this big adventure!”
Thank you to all who participated in the Pink Day fundraising event., a huge £722.50 was raised in total. We had a wonderful day; the atmosphere was great and the School was ablaze with colour. We raised a significant amount of money and will publish the final total shortly once the remaining monies have been collected in. Thank you especially to Year 11 who put on some wonderful fundraising events in The Hub and various other locations. Well done!
1st team Coach and Head of PE Mrs Fletcher -
‘couldn’t be prouder’
It has been a week of highs and lows for Mayfield 1st XI who this week had a fixture against Cranbrook School and then their Sussex schools round of the National Schools U18 Hockey competition.
The squad were riding high after a victory over TWGGS 1st XI last Thursday and have worked incredibly hard this season on their fitness and attacking play. Wednesday evening’s match against Cranbrook was long awaited and it was a high-paced and physical game. Mayfield went ahead in the first half with a converted penalty corner from Perdita Knight. The defence worked hard and made some vital tackles with a few key saves from Izzy Gurney in goal. Although there were chances for both teams, the second half was goal-less and the home side were pleased with their 1-0 victory. Player of the match went to 1st XI captain and Sports Prefect Alice O’Connell whose play was commented on by the opposition coach for demonstrating ‘a superior level of skill.’
Thursday saw the squad of 15, Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Whitby travel to Hurstpierpoint College to play in the Sussex round of the U18 National Schools Hockey tournament. Only the top hockey schools enter and victory leads to a place in the regional finals in November. Mayfield started well with a convincing 3-0 win over Lancing College with goals from Kathleen O’Hara and Chelsea Henshaw in the first half, and Alice O’Connell in the second. The team played with real intent and pace, demonstrating to the rest of the schools that they are a force to be reckoned with. It was a tough group with Eastbourne College and Ardingly making it through to the finals. With back-to-back matches against these two top sides, Mayfield was unable to progress past the group stage. The team fought well and scored against both Eastbourne (KatieWelbourn) and Ardingly (Alice O’Connell), but were disappointed to suffer two closely-contested defeats. Player of the tournament, voted for by the girls, was Lucy Shankland who was only just ahead of Perdita Knight and Chelsea Henshaw. Coach Georgina Fletcher said ‘I am immensely proud of what this squad has achieved and they have raised the bar for Mayfield hockey in the future. They competed against some of the region’s top sides this week and all the opposition coaches have personally commented to me on their high level of skill and the vast improvement in the standard of our hockey. I know the girls were disappointed not to progress further, but I don’t think they realised how far they have come as a squad and the level of the opposition they were up against.’ This is only the start of what promises to be a great season for the 1st XI Hockey here at Mayfield. With a 22 girl-strong training squad, matches next week against Worth and Lingfield, and a quarter final in the Sussex cup against Eastbourne later this term, they are a team to watch.
Sports prefect and 1st XI captain Alice O'Connell said: "Under the guidance of Mrs Fletcher, everyone put in a huge amount of effort and produced top quality performances individually and as a team"
Captain: Alice O’Connell
Vice Captain: Kathleen O’Hara
Isabelle Gurney, Lucy Shankland, Matilda Turner, Katie White, Anna Billing, Immie Long, Perdita Knight, Selina Nash, Dulcie Loveland, Chelsea Henshaw, Scarlett Vereker, Katie Welbourn, Araminta Knight.
U12 Netball success
One of our Year 7 Netball teams played at the Kent College U12 Netball Tournament last Saturday. Despite the weather, and this being the first time the girls have played together, there was some excellent play and very good results. Brilliant shooting from Freya Ward, Tilly Spark and Grace Taylor allowed us to win 4 out of the 6 games placing us 3rd in the Tournament. This was a very positive start to the season and although it is the hockey term, there is Lower School Netball Club on a Thursday during activities 2 and 3, to which all girls in Year 7 are welcome.
PGL Boreatton Park Netball weekend –
30th September to 2nd October
A combination of Year 10 and Year 11 girls went away to Shrewsbury for a PGL Netball weekend, organised by England Netball. The aim of this trip was to improve and encourage team cohesion before the U16 Netball National Schools Tournament, whilst also improving partnerships on court. The girls did phenomenally well throughout the group stages coming joint top in their pool, and then going on to win the semi finals 8-7 to make it through to the final. After fighting hard, under pressurised conditions, unfortantuly the girls came second but came away with the Silver Medal, which was presented to them by the inspirational Stacey Francis who is in the England Netball Squad, and gave a fanstasic inspirational speech to all the teams.
Alongside the Netball, the girls participated in many outdoor pursuit activities such as the giant swing, trapeze, abseiling, quad bikes and zip lines which saw many of them conquer a fear of heights. A fantastic weekend was had by all. Congratulations to all the girls involved: Aoife Rudman (Captain), Lottie Evans, Katie Higgins, Poppy Owers, Loren Pepper, Emily Bland, Catherine Haurie-Moss, Blaize Siggers, Isabelle Brattle, Zara Truman and Amelia Hardy.
Small Wonder Festival
The English Department chose a number of girls to represent Mayfield at the ‘Small Wonder’ literary festival at Charleston. They listened to stories based on the experiences of current refugees to Britain as told to and then written up by Dragan Todorovic and poet Patience Agbabi.
In the second session, sponsored by Mayfield, they listened to a panel debate on the nature of the short story and considered the views of experts as to what the particular properties of this literary form were. Unlike conventional schoolroom practice, these authors suggested that good stories do not need ‘closed’ endings, but should be like a piece of jazz music, ending on a note that could be picked up and continued.
We were impressed by the Caribbean poet Kei Miller who teaches creative writing at Exeter University, short story writer K J Orr and the novelist Naomi Alderman, Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, who whetted our girls’ appetite with a reading from her current novel ‘Power’ – a tale based on biblical story with a sci-fi twist.
The BBC short story award is to be announced on Tuesday 4th October and an anthology of the five 2016 shortlisted stories can be purchased from booksellers. This year’s authors are: Lavinia Greenlaw, Hilary Mantel, Tahmima Anam, Claire-Louise Bennett and K J Orr.
Artistic day by the sea!
On Sunday the girls from Leeds House enjoyed an ‘arty’ stroll by the sea. They spent a gloriously sunny Autumn afternoon in Bexhill, walking along the beach to the De La Warr Pavilion and visiting the two shows currently on there: one an exhibition of Peter Blake's called 'Alphabets, Letters and Numbers', the other an immersive installation by Fiona Banner, featuring enormous full stops and reworking’s of 'Snoopy vs The Red Baron'.
The girls joined a workshop creating their own full stops, alphabets and collages which we have proudly hung in a (hastily created) Art Gallery in the boarding house. But, perhaps, the highlight was the delicious Italian ice creams we all enjoyed as we wandered back to the minibus in the sunshine.
Leeds House Bake Off Weekend
The girls in Leeds House had their own Bake Off last weekend. Given the brief to design and make eight identical and beautifully decorated cupcakes, the girls worked in teams of two exercising their creativity and baking skills. The overall winners were Lourdes and Vera with their 'Little Star' creations which were both beautifully decorated and tasted amazing. Runners up included Evie and Megan's 'Secret Butterfly Garden' cupcakes and prizes went to Marina and Tanya for their organisation and clean working; Clara and Kelly for their perseverance and resilience prize (as their oven wasn't on to start with), and Maria and Christina for teamwork.
What stars they are!
Lower School Trip to Greenwich
Last Saturday a number of girls form Years 7 and 8 visited London and went to Greenwich. We travelled by train and took the river bus to Greenwich to visit the Royal Observatory. The girls enjoyed standing on the Greenwich Meridian and exploring the Cutty Sark. They later enjoyed a hearty meal in a local restaurant.
After a minimal amount of training our swimming team travelled to Benenden last Tuesday for the first gala of the season. Some excellent times were recorded, particularly by Aoife Rudman (Year 11) and Sophie Pepper (Year 7) leading to an overall win for Mayfield. We were lucky enough to be treated to a BBQ on the lawn after the gala which the girls enjoyed as the sun went down. This was followed by a hasty trip back to the BBQ from the minibus to collect Calippo lollies that they had missed!
Of particular note were our three individual medley swimmers who all won their events in their respective age groups: Sophie Pepper (Year 7), Amelia Hardy (Year 10) and Katie White (Year 12). Well done to everyone who swam, we hope this is a sign for the rest of the season.
‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ at
The English Department took Year 11 to see Iqbal Khan’s production of ‘Macbeth’ at The Globe on Wednesday 14th September. As the girls are studying this play for their Literature GCSE, it was a fantastic chance for the girls to appreciate the text in performance.
We experienced a dark and sinister production. Puppetry was horrifyingly employed as the weird sisters danced around dismembered limbs, their eerie singing ringing around the theatre. Lady Macbeth laughed and skipped with girlish excitement as she planned Duncan’s murder. Banquo emerged from beneath the stage, a horrifying black figment of Macbeth’s imagination.
We also enjoyed some stand-out comic performances: Nadia Albina transformed the porter’s scene into an interactive riot, with topical references to Donald Trump and the EU Referendum. Her flirtatious exchange with Macduff made the porter’s role fresh and relevant to a modern audience.
We were surprised about many of the directorial choices made in the production, some of which divided opinion. Khan chose to include four, rather than three witches on the stage, which made the opening line: ‘When shall we three meet again’ seem rather strange. The Macbeths were also joined on stage by a small child. Was this their child, perhaps suggested by Lady Macbeth reminding Macbeth, ‘I have given suck and know/ How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me’? Or was the child a vision of the future? We have enjoyed lively discussions about the production in class.
Riding Success over the last weekend!
Anna Martin has qualified for the Badminton Grass Roots Championships (at the regional final at Munstead last Saturday). This was a fantastic achievement and everyone is thrilled for her. There was much excitement at the Yard on Saturday when the news broke!
We also had various teams qualify for the National Schools Championships at the event we held here at Mayfield last weekend:
Novice Jumping With Style – with the team Kitty Ashby, India Jarret Potts, Olivia Hall & Katie Vaughan
1M – with the team Immie Long, Katie Higgins, Georgia Thomson & Molly Faulkner
1.10 – in which Molly Faulkner & Katie Higgins qualified
Our Dressage team won too with Katie Higgins (who also qualified for the individual championships at two levels), Georgia Thomson, Immie Long & Molly Faulkner
Amy Whiffen travelled up to Bury Farm and qualified in the 1.10 Show Jumping
The success continued on the Sunday with Show Jumping at Eaglesfield. The Novice team have now qualified for the Championships in show jumping – Kitty Ashby, India Jarret Pott, Olivia Hall & Katie Vaughan. The Seniors also jumped well & won the team event & qualified individually (Katie Higgins, Georgia Thomson & Molly Faulkner)
All in all it was an extremely busy weekend for the riders.
The boarders Leeds House - Sunday, 18th September
The girls in Leeds House enjoyed a happy stroll in the Ashdown Forest on Sunday afternoon, playing Pooh sticks on the original Winnie-the-Pooh bridge and having tea at Pooh Corner. We couldn’t decide on a winner but Miss Auer, who came with us, has already earmarked a few potential javelin champions!
Arena Pursuits Day – Saturday, 10th September
Year 9 went to Arena Pursuits with the aim of getting to know each other and to have fun! Despite the rainy weather, the girls seemed to enjoy the different activities, but the favourite was the raft building where a number of them got even wetter!
Thank you to the Year 9 tutors who gave up their Saturday afternoon to accompany the girls.
Hockey success – first match of the season
Mayfield U12 A and B team played their first matches of the season in sweltering heat at Lingfield School last week. They played against Reigate Grammar, Sevenoaks School, Daneshill and Hawthorne.
Mrs Miller (U12 coach) was thrilled with their performances "It was really fun seeing the girls get to know each other whilst playing sport". The 'A' team won 3 of their first 4 games reaching the semi-final. It wasn't to be this time, unfortunately, but they are already looking forward to next week’s games against Brighton.
Read a summary of what we have been busy doing at Mayfield in the Summer Term newsletter below.
Another year of outstanding results across the board for Mayfield’s girls: consistently excellent performances across the board
This year almost 15% of Mayfield girls achieved an awe-inspiring A*/A in 12 or more subjects! Over a quarter of 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*.
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Outstanding Science and Creative Arts results for
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 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.
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