News Archive

Summer Term 2016


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


Mayfield Day – 25th June 2016

Thank you and very well done to all those involved in this year’s Mayfield Day celebrations. We are very proud that whatever the weather we are able to come together to celebrate life in School and recognise the impressive talents of our girls. The moments of torrential rain were unable to dampen spirits, even if they dampened everything else, and the stalls in the marquee and our Art and Ceramics exhibitions did all the better for the influx of visitors seeking shelter.

Given the conditions, it was with particular pride that we watched our girls and PE staff persevere through one of the wettest Mayfield Days in recent years to complete almost all of the usual events. In true Mayfield style the competitors gave their all, and took every opportunity between (and sometimes during) the showers to participate. There were many excellent performances and the Inter-House Athletics Cup was hotly contested, with Curie taking the victory this year.

Following the Athletics and the exceptional creative exhibitions, the day culminated with our ‘Round the World’ fashion show, which was yet another wonderful presentation of the creativity, hard-work and imaginative talent of our girls and the staff who inspire and support them. Well done to all those involved.

Huge thanks are due to The Friends who have been so supportive and involved in the planning of the day and, of course, the running of the vitally important drinks stalls! We were all especially glad of the chance to enjoy warm drinks during the downpours as well as the more festive summer options.

We are already looking forward to next year – the forecast is excellent…

Mrs Sarah Ryan
Deputy Head Pastoral


Mayfield Girls Cambodia trip 2016

The group of Mayfield volunteers arrived in Cambodia, at Siem Reap, on 28th June after sixteen hours of travel. They have rapidly entered into the spirit of their experience, trying new delicacies – sheep’s brain having a mixed reaction – and starting their teaching duties.

The girls are in Cambodia to teach English to local children. Lessons have centred on such topics as Family, Home & School and My Body. ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ apparently went down a treat.

While the long teaching week is giving the girls a new found respect for teachers, they have also found time to visit the 400 acre site of Anghor Temples, learn about the basic beliefs of Buddhism from some Buddhist monks, and throw in a bit of local shopping.


ABRSM and LCM Music Theatre and Music practical results Summer Term June 2016

I am happy to announce another excellent set of Music exam results.  Our congratulations to all these girls and their tutors.

These results round off a very exciting and successful year.

Peter Collins
Director of Music

Madeline Ambort Singing 4 Merit
Alice Ashby Singing 1 Merit
Kizzie Budd Singing 5 Merit
Caroline Cardozo Guitar 3 Pass
Hettie Evans Violin 6 Pass
Ying Wah Coral Man Singing 8 Merit
Ying Wah Coral Man Violin 7 Merit
Estella Montagu Singing 5 Pass
Holly Neville Singing 3 Pass
Naomi Snow Clarinet 6 Pass
Lucia Svecova Organ 7 Distinction
Daisy Tod Singing 4 Pass
Poppy Toyne-Bridges Music Theatre (LCM) 5 Distinction

Tennis news

Four Mayfield tennis players enjoyed a GSA tournament at Moira House School this week with some fantastic matches amidst the showers. Sarah Mercer and Araminta Knight from Year 10 played in the U18 tournament and came third with wins against Farnborough High School, Kent College, St Swithuns and Moira House. The promising, up and coming Badham girls, Victoria and Valaria, performed well in their matches – battling some tough opposition and playing a match on the grass courts. They should be pleased with their performance winning six of their ten matches.

Mrs Helen Miller
Spark Manager


Year 9 visit to the Big Bang Science Fair

Year 9 pupils visited the Big Bang Science Fair on Wednesday 29th June where they attended two presentations. “The Most Disgusting Show On Earth” – a journey through the digestive system following what happens to food as it is digested, and “Science Magic” – revealing some tricks and how they are achieved through the magic of Science.

The girls were able to visit hundreds of exhibitors ranging from handling exotic snakes and insects, problem solving Maths and Physics challenges and brief insights into the opportunities and career choices available involving Science, Maths and Technology. Miss Rakowska even managed a to fit in a trip to Mars before we had to leave. A fantastic day out, which was not dampened by the typical British summer weather.

Mrs Eva Garcia Claramonte
Teacher of Science


Year 10 Food and Nutrition exam

Girls in Year 10 are following a course in creative cookery. They take their first assessment in Year 10 which is worth 25% of their final mark. The girls have two weeks to plan a two course meal suitable for four people. Before the test the girls have to research their recipes, produce a detailed time plan and justify their choices. They have thirty minutes to prepare at the start and then ninety minutes in which to cook. This can be quite a challenge, especially for the girls who are new to the School this year.

As these pictures show, the standard that was achieved for this first test was exceptional and the girls should feel rightly proud of what they prepared.

Mrs Claire Davies
Teacher Food and Nutrition


Pony Club and British Eventing success

Congratulations to all Mayfield riders who competed at the Pony Club Eventing at Bonfleur Cross Country Course on Sunday 26thJune. They have all qualified to compete at the Pony Club Championships in August.

India Jarrett-Potts, Georgia Thomson and Katie Higgins all won their individual sections. Kitty Ashby and Georgia Thomson were two of the four riders that made up the winning team.

It is fantastic that Mayfield girls are making their mark at all levels, representing three different pony clubs.

Maddie Ambort, Imogen Long and Scarlet Vereker have all been shortlisted for the British Eventing South East Region to compete at the National Championship at the end of July.

Jill Barker
Director of Riding


The Fashion Show

Saturday passed in a busy blur. Girls were putting the finishing touches to their designs and practising on the catwalk between running races, shot put and dodging the rain. I seemed to have a needle and thread in hand for most of the day, only stopping for delicious strawberries and cream at tea time. I marvelled at how quickly an enjoyable day had passed.

Our four flight attendants managed front of house effortlessly, getting everyone safely to their seats and ready for take-off. The show was opened by the Year 7 and 8 Textile Curriculum pupils who modelled full circle skirts and pyjamas with confidence and pride. Extra-curricular soon followed in the second half starting with sleep wear, day wear and finally elegant and striking evening wear. The audience was surprised and entranced, enthusiastically clapping and cheering on their daughters, grand-daughters and friends.

Mary Whitlock won Student of the Year for designing a complex Alexander McQueen inspired black and red ball gown which she modelled with grace and elegance. We said a sad and happy goodbye to Jade Chan, Madeline Hibbins-Cline, Brontë McFadyean and Emmy Redman wishing them the very best for the years ahead.

Finally, to all the wonderful helpers who gave of their time and brilliance so willingly, I would like to say thank you. Without you the show would definitely not have happened.

Mrs Terri Budden
Head of Textiles


Inter-House on Mayfield Day 2016

Inter-House athletics was a soggy, but exciting part of Mayfield Day. It was great to see so many Years 7 to 10 girls taking part across the range of track and field events. The morning session consisted of the field events, with nearly everyone managing to complete their event before the first major downpour. High Jump was not so lucky and had to be abandoned after the girls were jumping and landing in a puddle! In the afternoon, great enthusiasm by everyone during the track events encouraged some very competitive races such as the Inter 1500m (won by Ashley Stone) and the Junior 200m (won by Reni Oniwinde). The High Jump finally took place and was deservedly won by Eleanor Daniels and Catherine Haurie-Moss, who both achieved personal bests the previous day at the Ouse Valley Athletics Championships (with heights of 1.40m and 1.51m respectively). The relays at the end of the session provided excitement for everyone with the junior age group up to squadron relays (a mixture of all ages and staff). Thank you to all the parents who persevered in the rain to watch and support the girls. Congratulations to Curie who were the winning House.

Mrs Julia Jones
PE Department


Summer Ball for Years 9 and 10

The girls and their guests, from Tonbridge School, enjoyed an evening of music (very loud!) and a surf simulator machine (dangerous looking!). The evening started slowly but they all relaxed and started dancing and balancing (or not) on the surf machine. It didn’t take long for some of the girls to regret the height of their shoes and discard them, others nobly carried on in their heels and I expect still have the blisters to prove it! They all ate plenty of hot dogs and ice cream and, at the end of the evening, there was no space on the dance floor -- and we were a little late finishing!

Mrs Sharon Rothero
Head of Middle School


Year 12 pupils fulfil their potential for independent research

This summer six pupils will be stretching themselves to write a critical essay on various topics for the Extended Project Qualification. Holly Neville, Sophie Foster, Regina Lai, Maria Wolenciej, Nataliya Lazutkina and Wiktoria Niewiodomska are pictured at the EPQ workshop last week discussing their potential conclusions now they have completed the research stage of their projects. The topics they have chosen reflect a wide variety of interests: dealing with shark attacks off the Australian coast, identifying the primary triggers of the 2008 crash, the reliability of eye witness memory, the appropriate use of dome buildings, the psychology of economic decision making and the accuracy of films about artificial intelligence. Having developed their study skills and their ability to reflect on their personal strengths and weaknesses as independent learners, they are ready to produce their reports. We wish them well with their endeavours and look forward to their project presentations in September.

Pam Tysh
EPQ Co-Ordinator


Success at the Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2016

Congratulations go to Emily Wright, Martha Gabriel, Anastasia Gailly de Taurines and Caitlyn Stone who won Bronze awards in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2016 run by the Royal Society of Biology. There will, of course, be certificates in School next term but they are also formally invited to the prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday 7th July at the Royal Institute in London. The ceremony will include a lecture by Professor Gail Cardew FRSB (The Royal Institution) and the presentation of the fourth Royal Society of Biology’s School Biology Teacher of the Year award. Pupil attendees will receive small prizes and a commemorative certificate. Congratulations also go to Alice Sikorski, Alexandra Bowen, Ella Holroyd and Sammi Cheuk who each achieved highly commended awards. Well done to everyone who took part.

Mrs Jocelyn Mahon
Head of Science


Confirmation on Sunday 19th June

Congratulations to our pupils who were confirmed on Sunday by Bishop Richard Moth

Issy Brattle
Ashley Briody
Caroline Cardozo
Megan Cook
Catherine Haurie-Moss
Pia Larsson
Ellen MacIntosh
Gbeminiyi Osunsanya
Mary Whitlock

It was a wonderful celebration joined by sponsors, family, friends and members of the School community. Bishop Richard thanked the girls for their courage and witness to the faith of which they are now full adult members. 

Information about next year’s programme will be available shortly. Anyone interested in making their Confirmation or other sacraments in the Catholic Church should contact our Lay Chaplain, Pia Cronin

Pia Cronin
Lay Chaplain


Morgan Stanley ‘Step In, Step Up Programme’

Congratulations to Phoebe Toyne-Bridges from Year 13 who has been selected to attend the prestigious Morgan Stanley ‘Step In, Step Up Programme’. The event will take place in July at the Morgan Stanley offices in Canary Wharf.

This three day event provides an in-depth introduction into investment banking alongside a comprehensive overview of how various divisions and roles interact with one another. Participants will gain an understanding of an investment bank's various functions and departments through carefully designed, hands-on skill sessions, a tour of a live trading floor, and unique networking opportunities. Attendees will actively learn through case-studies, group presentations, panel sessions, and interactive workshops. ‘Step In, Step Up’ is held semi-annually in February and July and is intended for female students in Years 12 and 13.

It has received intensely positive reviews, was shortlisted for the 2013 “Inspiring the Workforce of the Future” Opportunity Now Award, and was featured in a 2014 “Women's Business Council” video as an example of an innovation around diversity.

Phoebe Toyne-Bridges


English Oxbridge Group to Penshurst Place

The English Department led an outing of the English Oxbridge Group to Penshurst Place on Tuesday 21st June, to read To Penshurst by Ben Jonson in situ. This poem of 1616 is thought to be the first of what went on to become a genre of country house poems praising the fabric of a house, its grounds and owner. We gazed upon Jonson's 'high-swollen Medway', 'orchard fruit', tried to spot a 'purpled pheasant' and admired the 'ancient pile' of the hall that so closely resembles our own great hall at Mayfield, now our Chapel. In addition to reading To Penshurst,  which compliments Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester, on his estate, we also read 'The defense of Poesy' by his younger brother, Sir Philip Sidney.

Natasha Evans
Head of English


A review of the Gresham dinner

Gresham this year has been a great place for us to focus on our work as well as enjoying our last year in Middle School. 

As you may or may not know, Mayfield girls are known for their love of food and none more so than Gresham House, especially when Mrs Buckle has spoilt us with fried rice and quesadillas every week. However, the pièce de resistance was our seven course Gresham dinner before study leave. 

Whilst having our end of year speeches, we also realised how well we have gotten to know each other over the past year and how unique Gresham is as a community. A big part of said community included this year's graduate assistants who have brought a lot of enthusiasm to the House - as well as having much needed patience. They have been very supportive in giving advice and study tips as well as becoming good friends with us throughout the year. Unfortunately, their time at Mayfield has come to an end and we wish them all the best for the future. They will be greatly missed. 

The biggest influence on the House, of course, was Mrs Buckle. She has had a positive attitude throughout the year and has made the House a home to all of us. We will miss more than just her cooking as we move on as she has given us the best care we could ever ask for and been as supportive as anyone could be. 

We have created many good memories in Gresham and though we come from different parts of the world, we have grown to understand each other. To commemorate this, Megan White designed a House T-shirt with a map featuring all the countries present and our nationalities. This is without a doubt the best way we can remember Gresham House: as a large family, both in number and variety. And Gresham is a family because, despite arguments and drama, we have always been able to stay friends.

This has definitely been a special year for all of us in Gresham, but we look forward to the summer and to all our future pursuits.

Olivia Larsson and Maple Ng


Success for England Rounders Duo

The U16 England Rounders season has got off to a great start for our two girls, Sarah Mercer Year 10 and Amelia Tracey Year 11, with victories against tough opposition.

On Sarah’s first outing of the season the team played three matches against Taunton and Malvern representing the Somerset leagues (youth and adult, men and women!), they were hugely successful in all three. The U16 Elite team only gave away 4 rounders in total, whilst amassing 34.5 rounders themselves. The 'triangle', with Sarah as backstop, were on great form with several stumpings out at 1st and one on 4th. In addition Sarah took three good catches off backwards hits. The opposition knew they were in trouble if they didn't make contact with the ball.

The following weekend the England Elite team again won all three of their matches, only giving away 6.5 rounders whilst amassing 37.5 themselves. They all played very well, Sarah included, although in colder weather than balmy Somerset!

Amelia was welcomed back to the team after completing some of her GCSE papers and she enjoyed her first official matches as an England player. The duo played in the final festival before the Elite team travel to Guernsey and then Wales for the internationals held in July and August. Sarah scored 1.5 rounders off her first 2 balls and was instrumental in the 'triangle' that bowled 3 batters out in 5 balls. Amelia was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the team after her strong performance.

Good luck for the remaining matches!

Mrs Helen Miller
PE Teacher


Success at Sussex Schools' Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Funmi Ademuwagun who for the second year in a row won a Gold medal in the Shot Put at the Sussex Schools' Championships. With a PB throw of 10.71m she convincingly beat the rest of the field, as well as achieving a qualifying standard for the English Schools' Athletics Championships in July.

There was a Silver medal for Emma Jenkins in the 400m, one of the toughest races in which to compete.  She also achieved a PB of 62.50sec. Well done also to Catherine Haurie-Moss in Year 9 who was selected to take part in the Junior High Jump, achieving a commendable sixth place.

After very positive performances at the start of the season against Benenden School and at the Sussex round of the English Schools' cup last Saturday, both Junior and Inter teams competed at home against Kent College.

There were some fantastic performances in both age groups and the girls really showed the progress they have made this term in both technique and fitness. Many girls in both age groups won their events, with notable performances from Dii Dii Deroda (100m: 13.82sec), Eleanor Bazard-Ferns (High Jump: 1.33m), Carmel Amamgbo (200m: 27.90sec) and Minty Knight (Javelin: 25.80m).

The Inter team will compete at the South East Regional Finals of the English Schools Cup on Wednesday in Uxbridge next week, followed by Years 8 to10 attending the Ouse Valley Schools' Competition on Friday. A busy week for our athletes!

Mrs Jones
PE Dept


Molly Faulkner makes the long list for the Pony European Squad

The long list of British combinations has been announced for the 2016 FEI Pony European Championships. Molly Faulkner from Year 9 has been long listed on both of her ponies, Catherstone Nutsafe and Sycamore Lad.

The event will take place between the 17th  - 21st August 2016 in Vilhelmsborg, Denmark. The list contains the horses and riders from which six combinations will be selected for the Pony European Championship Squad to represent Great Britain. The final trial will be at Barbury on the 7th - 8th July.

Well done Molly!

Jill Barker
Director of Riding


Year 10 Geography trip to Morocco

Our Year 10 geographers have recently returned from a wonderful six-day experience in Morocco.

The main focus of the expedition was collecting a wide range of river data in the High Atlas Mountains for the GCSE Controlled Assessment. A number of girls actually braved the glacier-fed river to measure velocity, width depth and bedload, in order to test a range of hypotheses.

Aside from the Geography, we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Morroccan girls supported by Education for All, a charity set up by the tour company who organised our trip . They enjoyed a game of volleyball together and then relaxed over mint tea and sweet cakes in the hot Moroccan sun. Animated conversations in a mixture of French and English were accompanied by big smiles.Towards the end of the visit a full day trek up the steep valley slopes was arduous but enjoyable, and a relaxing hammam back at our Berber hotel, Dar Imlil, made it all worthwhile.

There was also ample opportunity to explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Marrakech, as well as camel rides and a caleche ride around the ancient city. Characteristically Mayfield girls didn’t turn down the opportunity to haggle hard in the Medina souks; all returned home with genuine bargains and a host of happy memories.

Steve Gough
Head of Geography & Educational Visits Co-ordinator



Mayfield riders win more championship titles!

Congratulations to our riders for an exceptional performance at Hickstead on Friday 3rd June. Mayfield won the National Eventers Challenge Open Team and Individual Championships, competing against teams from as farafield as Cornwall and North Yorkshire. Competition was fierce and the final positions were very close. Mayfield also came third in the Open and were runners up in the Intermediate competition.

The courses were technical and included banks, dips, steps and a water splash. Time was tight, which caused a number of riders to make errors.

This success follows the National County Show jumping title we won in April, reflecting the strength and depth in our squad. Having so many fine riders raises the standard of our teams and also gives us plenty of options when selecting riders.

Open Team National Champions: Katie Higgins, Anna Martin, Bindy Vereker & Kitty Ashby

Open Individual National Champion: Amy Whiffen

Third Team (open): Scarlett Vereker, Catherine Haurie-Moss, Tara Keoshgerian, Amy Whiffen.

Fifth Individual (open): Katie Higgins

Intermediate Team placed second.

Daisy Tod, Kitty Ashby, Rhiannon Vesey Holt, Catherine Haurie-Moss

Jill Barker
Director of Riding




Mayfield Triathlon success

Sunday 29th May saw the return of the Mayfield Triathlon, organised by Multisport Management, who manage a number of triathlons across Sussex. The event was well attended, with 19 competitors in the novice race and 23 in the sprint race.

The race began with a snake swim in the School pool, followed by a run down the hill to transition. Here the bike route took competitors up Little Trodgers Lane, left along Lake Street and back to School along the main road - quite a hilly course. Having returned bikes to transition, the run took place on the cross country course - two laps for the novice and three for the sprint.

Caitlyn Stone in Year 12, in her first triathlon, took part in the novice race. Being one of the youngest competitors, surrounded by experienced competitors did not put Caitlyn off. She breezed through the swim in under four minutes, completed the bike course in a very respectable time and smashed the run course in a very quick time; just under 13 minutes. All the effort paid off as Caitlyn was the overall winner, winning a lovely trophy, beating all the adults in her race convincingly and leaving me to fourth place!

This fantastic result is hopefully just the start of things for Caitlyn and I am looking forward to being beaten by her in our next triathlon, and probably many more to come!

Mrs Whitby
PE Teacher
Lower School Senior Tutor
Life Skills coordinator



Year 9 English trip to The Globe

Girls in Year 9 enjoyed a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe on Wednesday 25th May. It was the first production directed by The Globe's new artistic director Emma Rice.

The girls were amazed and engaged by the production: some girls felt that the decision to recreate Helena as a man called Helenus tampered unnecessarily with the text; others thought it was an interesting and convincing updating of the play.

The fairy world of Oberon and Titania was rather dissolute, as Emma Rice herself put it, 'they look as if they've been at a 400-year-long party so there's quite a bit of wear and tear.'

Thanks to Mrs Leslie for organising the trip.

Mrs Evans
Head of English




Year 10 History trip to the Hunterian Museum and the Old Operating Theatre, Southwark 

As part of the History of Medicine GCSE module, Year 10 travelled to London on Wednesday 18th June to visit two sites of special medical interest. The first, the Hunterian Museum houses a fascinating collection of 3,500 specimens from kidney stones, growths of bones and tumors, to human remains. These include the skeleton of the Irish giant, Charles Byrne who died age 22 in 1783, reputed to be able to light his pipe from a gas lamp in the street. Also of great interest was the current exhibition on vaccination and the recorded viewings of modern surgical procedures. 

The only dampener of the day was the rain, which meant a rather wet picnic in Lincoln’s Inn Gardens and a very punctual arrival at our second venue, the Old Operating Theatre at Southwark. Here we enjoyed a very informative and entertaining talk on Medicine, putting squarely into context the GCSE textbook theme of progress in time. In 2000 years, man has only managed to find a cure for one human disease.

We also learnt about the tools used in surgical operations. Harriet Wadey, our volunteer patient, lay on an operating table complete with blood box understand. She looked nervously on as our guide explained how anaesthetic would not work immediately and how its efficacy would vary from patient to patient, and then what tools were used to amputate a leg in six seconds.  We were then given a demonstration of a blood-letting procedure called cupping, this time with Amy Gallagher as the patient. 

As part of our visit to the Operating Theatre, we were guided round a few local streets to learn about Southwark’s  tanning industry and the work of the poor in the area. The process of tanning, our guide told us, relied on buckets full of pure (dog faeces), collected by hand from the pavements of London. To his amazement, a few girls remained impassive. They explained it was no worse, or different, to cleaning a horse’s stable! He continued by describing other employment including the hatting industry, where felt was treated with mercury, a poison that gave workers dementia, and is the origin of the expression ‘as mad as a hatter’. In all, it was a most interesting and enjoyable day.  

Mrs M. Bushell
History Teacher



Sixth Form Come Dine with Me Social

A group of Sixth Form girls, spurred on by Emily Cantwell-Kelly, decided to challenge some of the boys from Skinners to a Come Dine with Me evening. They made a selection of starters including smoked salmon blinis, sweet potato wedges and cheese aigrettes, a main course of chicken stuffed with Mediterranean flavours, salad and new potatoes. This was followed by copious quantities of chocolate chip cookies, fresh fruit kebabs and a chocolate fountain (plus a homemade birthday cake)! As they all cooked together the boys definitely learnt some new skills and were all surprised with the quality of food that they produced. Everyone enjoyed each other’s company. They didn't get round to the competitive element of the evening but that didn’t appear to be an issue as everyone enjoyed themselves.

Mrs Sharon Rothero
Head of Middle School
Head of Food and Nutrition


Gold for Ashley’s Rowing Crew

Ashley Stone, Year 10, was victorious at the Ball Cup Regatta at Eton Dorney on Sunday 8th May! Her crew, the Junior Under 16 quad from Bewl Bridge Rowing Club, pipped Exeter Rowing Club to the post by 0.7 seconds, taking the gold medal!

Congratulations to Ashley and the other girls in her quad crew.


Unprecedented turnout for lively Mayfield Debate

On Wednesday 11th May Mayfield played host to a debate regarding Britain's membership of the EU in preparation for the EU referendum to be held on June 23rd.  The event, which was chaired by Sir Tim Chessells, attracted an audience of around 100 students, teachers, parents and members of the local community. The four speakers (two Vote Leave and two Vote Remain) opened the debate by each presenting their arguments before taking questions from the floor. The ensuing discussion was lively and, at times, heated, but most importantly it helped clarify the views of the audience and, in some cases, led them to change their minds. 

Ms C Bryan
Head of Politics


Mayfield Girls Feature in the 2016 Mayfield Festival Performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, "The Choral"


Visit of the UN Women UK Director of Training and Education

We were very fortunate to be visited this week by Alice Fookes, a member of the UK National Council of UN Women, an agency which works internationally to promote equality and empowerment for women especially those who are most affected by poverty and live in societies which limit and oppress them. 

She talked very powerfully about the ways in which UN Women works to empower these women and to help them find a voice. It was inspiring to hear about this happening both on the global and grassroots levels, and certainly provoked the girls to reflect on how it is possible for all of us to make a difference. This had a particular resonance for the girls preparing to take part in the Cambodia trip, but other members of the school from Year 8 to Year 13 also came along and became involved in the discussion.

We hope that this might be a link that we can develop – Alice and the organisation that she works for are clearly living out Cornelia Connelly’s ideal of educating girls to meet the wants of the age.

Mrs Sarah Ryan
Deputy Head Pastoral

Politics Students visit the Supreme Court

On Wednesday 4th May, Ms Bryan, Head of Politics, took five Year 12 Politics students to the Supreme Court in London where they were given an opportunity to sit in on a case. This was followed by lunch on the terrace of the House of Lords with Baroness Hooper, who chatted about her work in the Lords and answered questions from the girls.

After lunch we took a tour of Parliament, led by OC Sophie Scragg, which included an opportunity to watch a debate from the public gallery of the House of Commons before catching questions to Ministers in the Lords. Finally we met up with Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani and her researcher Sophie Bowe (another OC!). Ms Ghani talked about her work in Parliament before dashing off to vote. 

Ms C Bryan
Head of Politics


Year 8 History Trip to Michelham Priory

On Thursday 5th May, the History Department took the Year 8 girls to visit Michelham Priory. This monastic site underwent significant transformation throughout the periods the girls have been learning about in class, most notably Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The girls had the opportunity to learn more about the medieval priory and toured the Elizabethan house in full costume! They also practised their quill writing skills, made clay coins from the reign of Henry VIII, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I and handled a variety of historical artefacts from the site’s past.

After a picnic lunch in the sunshine, the girls witnessed the impressive skills of the local blacksmith and explored the watermill from top to bottom. This was a fascinating insight into proto-industrial Britain, linking neatly into their next topic - the Industrial Revolution.

Mr D Warren
Head of History


Year 7 Geography Field Trip to Birling Gap

A beautiful spring day with blue skies and a gentle breeze on Tuesday was the backdrop to an intensive day of data collection for our Year 7 Geographers who were testing a range of hypotheses about marine erosion and longshore drift along the Sussex coast.

Girls took to the tasks in good spirits and each group managed to complete three beach profiles- two at Birling Gap and one at Holywell, Eastbourne. There was also time for a quick paddle in the English Channel to round off a very successful and enjoyable day.

It was also a very good day for ice cream vendors at Birling Gap and Eastbourne!

Steve Gough
Head of Geography & Educational Visits Co-ordinator


Mayfield’s very own leading lady debuts in new West End Ballet!

Lily O’Regan, a pupil in Year 9 at Mayfield School,  was chosen from 600 dancers aged between 9-16 to be the leading lady, Dearest, in a new adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre in London’s West End.

Rehearsals for The London Children’s Ballet production took four and a half months and played for four nights, receiving rave reviews. As this was a brand new ballet, the music was specially composed by Richard Noris and the choreography was devised by Jenna Lee.

The premiere Night, 21st April, was the HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and the National Anthem played before the show, which saw a whole host of celebrities attending.

Lily also had the pleasure of dancing on Channel 4’s Sunday brunch with other members of the company.

Lily said: "Dancing with London Children's Ballet was an indescribable experience and one that I will treasure for the rest of my life.  Being on stage is the best feeling and I loved playing Dearest.  I am privileged to have had this role created around me in this new ballet and to have shared the last five months with an exceptional Company and professional choreographers."


Success for four Mayfield girls in BBC Radio 2's Prestigious 500 words short story competition

Three girls in Year 8 - Catie Pears, Sophie Cantwell-Kelly and Eleanor Daniels - as well as Bronwen Maher in Year 7, have all gone through to the second round of this major writing competition.

There were a staggering 123,400 entries, and that number has now been reduced to 4,500. It is a massive achievement for Mayfield that no less than four of our pupils should have made it through to the second round.

The result of the next stage, when the final 50 winning stories will be picked, is in early May, so we have our fingers crossed for our four talented writers. Meanwhile, we are really proud of their success

Clare Cox
Teacher of English


The Mayfield Debate: Should the UK stay in the EU? 

On the 11th May, a EU Referendum debate will be hosted by Mayfield School: Should the UK stay in the EU?

Speakers in favour of leaving are David Wilkinson (Bruges Group) and Nigel Jones (UKIP). The speakers for the Remain group are Gerard Fox (former member of the Conservative Party Candidates' list) and Nick Hopkinson (former director of Wilton Park). The Chair will be Sir Tim Chessells. 

All are welcome. 



Girls inspired by writer Vanessa Altin

A group of girls from Years 8 and 9 attended a talk by journalist and author, Vanessa Altin, on Wednesday 27 April at St. John’s School, Leatherhead.  Ms Altin writes about the Syrian crisis and has just published a novel for young adults titled The Pomegranate Tree.  Although this is a fictional work, her characters and storylines are based on eyewitness accounts and in-depth interviews, which the author conducted during her time on the Turkish/Syrian border.  The story explores the reality of life for a Kurdish refugee child separated from her family and is both hard-hitting and moving.

The girls enjoyed chatting to Vanessa Altin when they had their copies of The Pomegranate Tree signed.  Mary Whitlock in Year 9 commented:

"I am glad I went on the trip to hear Vanessa Altin, as I now know more about what she is doing to help people in Turkey and Syria, and what I can do to help in the future. I think what she is doing to help as many people as possible, and telling people like us what she is doing, is amazing and more people should be doing the same."

Mrs J Gabriel


Documentary Film-making Workshop

In three months’ time a group of Year 12 and 13 girls will be going to Cambodia to teach English at a rural school near Siem Reap.

Over the weekend of the 16th and 17th April we took part in a Video-making Workshop, led by two members of Chocolate Films; a documentary and promotional film company based in London. We were joined by a number of girls who are currently doing Film Studies as a GCSE subject.

We intend to use the skills that we learnt to create our own video diary of our time in Cambodia. This is really exciting because it means we can share our experiences with the School as well as keeping the video as a souvenir.

During the workshop we were taught about different frame sizes and how we can use them effectively as well as creating our own short film to practise what we had learnt. The session was both extremely enjoyable and informative and we can’t wait to transfer these skills to our own documentaries.

We are so grateful to Dayo Snow and Mrs Buckle for organising and enabling the workshop to happen. We all had so much fun!

Alex Bowen & Darcie Gomer


Easter SPARK Camps - An Amazing Week!

Sixty-six children enjoyed a fabulous 4 day Mayfield SPARK camp during the Easter holidays. They had the opportunity to take part in the usual popular workshops of Art, Cookery and Textiles, and several tried the new Photography workshop run by Old Cornelian, Charlotte McKee. The children learned how to take professional standard photographs and produced some excellent results, including the photo above!

The younger children aged 4 – 8 were SPARK detectives for the week solving the tuck shop crime and developing maths and literacy skills in a fun learning environment.

Thank you to the six Year 10 girls who helped at the SPARK camp and gained a very useful insight into working with children and the many challenges this can bring. Mia Bowles organised the children for their workshops in an expert fashion, while Anna Billing, Aoife Redman and Ashley Stone assisted in various classes, including the pool. A special mention goes to Rachel Stevenson who stepped in to teach Year 2 and 3 Art classes at short notice, as well as assisting in Textiles. Finally, Lolly Hurel volunteered at her 3rd SPARK camp and is now becoming very familiar with the running of a summer school.
We are now very much looking forward to the Summer SPARK Camps!


Geographers wowed by beautiful Iceland

Towards the end of the Easter holiday a group of Sixth Form Geographers had the privilege of visiting Iceland for an intense four days of awe, wonder and adventure, involving hot springs, monster trucks and the Northern Lights!

Click here to read all about their adventures!

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County Hockey Success for Anna

Anna Billing (Year 10) was recently selected to play for the Kent U16 Hockey team and, after a series of training sessions, has impressed the coaches! This season she has played several matches for the county, including a 1 – 0 win over Surrey Tigers and a 1 – 0 loss to Hampshire at the weekend.

“I am delighted for Anna, she has worked incredibly hard since joining Mayfield in Year 7 to improve her Hockey skills and she can now influence matches with her excellent fitness levels, perseverance and skills” said Mrs Miller.

Anna was particularly pleased with her performance against Hampshire as she played several positions effectively. Anna is now working hard to earn a place at the tournament in May when selection takes place for Regional teams. Mayfield School wish her lots of luck with the next few training sessions and matches.

Mayfield Riders are National County Show Jumping Champions! 

Mayfield represented East Sussex at the National Inter-County SJ finals at Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire on Sunday 24th April, and beat 30 other counties to become National County Champions at Intermediate level, and reserve champions at Open level!   

Congratulations to Molly Faulkner (who celebrated her fourteenth birthday at the event), Kitty Ashby, Catherine Haurie Moss, Scarlett Vereker and Amy Whiffen who made up the  two teams.  

Director of Riding, Jill Barker commented: “This emphatic win is such a fantastic result for our Intermediate team: not only were they the only team to have all four riders jumping double clear, but they were also quickest by 17 seconds! All of our riders followed the team plan and rode exceptionally well and I am very proud of them.”  

Photo credited to SBM photographic.


A Level Drama - The Creation of a Queen

'The Creation of A Queen' - the A level devised drama piece took place on Tuesday 19th April.  The girls rose to the occasion, successfully performing characterisations of both Witches and Queens. The story was a creative adaptation on the life of Gruach, reportedly the inspiration for Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth.


Intermediate Team excel at Regional Final of the Maths Challenge

On Monday 18th April, Mrs Motoc took a team of four girls , Amelia Hardy, Olivia Hardy, Emily Jones and Samantha Begeman,  to participate in the Regional Final of the Intermediate Team Maths Challenge at Tonbridge Grammar School.

The challenge started at 10:30, with the group round. This consisted of the four girls working together to solve 12 hard questions in 45 minutes. They efficiently put their heads together and finished in time.The girls were now determined to do better on the next round, the ‘cross number’. The girls split into pairs to complete the ‘across’ and ‘down’ clues, scoring 50/56 in total!

After lunch came the ‘shuttle’ round and the relay round, where everyone in the hall got very competitive as there was lots of running involved! The first pair was given the ‘A’ questions, and the second pair was given the ‘B’ questions. Our ‘adopted’ teacher (who marked the questions) sat away from us and when first pair had finished the first question, they would run up, have it marked (if it was wrong, they had to go back and do it again!) and pass the question onto the next pair. Complicated as it was, the girls did well.

Overall, we came 17th out of the 40 schools that participated. Thank you to Mrs Motoc for taking us and for the lovely day we had!


Year 7 in Daring Bee Rescue

A sunny start to the Summer Term for Year 7, pictured here in the sun feeding sugar water to an exhausted bee.


From the Drama Department

Spring Term 2016


From the Abbey to the O2 – A busy week for Schola Cantorum

It has been an incredible week for the talented musicians of Mayfield School.

On Friday 8th April Schola Cantorum, the School choir, were privileged to sing Evensong at Westminster Abbey,  under the direction of the School’s conductor and musical director Peter Collins. They sang the anthem “Lead me Lord” by Wesley and many of the congregation commented that their performance had been “beautiful and moving.”

Then on Tuesday 12th April the girls and their teachers were invited as guests of the rock legends, Muse, to their sell out concert at the 02. As well as a back stage tour and reserved seating in a specially designated area for VIPs, the girls also met the band. Musical Director, Peter Collins said "We are proud of our talented girls; at Mayfield we do it all from Bach to Bowie and from Mozart to Muse!"


U14s show their mettle at International Festival of Netball

During the Easter holidays the U14 Netball squad travelled to the International Junior Netball Festival at Disneyland Paris. The girls enjoyed three full days of netball, alternating matches with coaching sessions and workshops, and still managed to find the time to explore the theme park and make the most of the Disneyland rides!

The festival culminated in a tournament on the final day. The girls played exceptionally well throughout the day, including four consecutive victories, and finished in fourth place out of forty schools.  This was followed by a glamorous awards ceremony, at which captain Isabelle Brattle was delighted to collect a trophy from a member of the England netball team!


Women of Substance at Mayfield!

Mayfield School was transformed into Mayfield the Museum last week as part of the School’s promenade drama production Letters.

In the hour-long performance audience members were guided around the School site at half hour intervals by ‘tour guides’ to witness a series of monologues taken from letters written by woman of substance from across the ages.

The response for the small cast of 15 performers, all in Years 11, 12 and 13, was overwhelming.

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Maths at University and Beyond: A Talk from an Oxford Admissions Director

Last week, Mayfield held a maths lecture on behalf of The Further Maths Support Programme, in which Admissions Director at the University of Oxford, Dr Rebecca Cotton-Barratt, came to talk about studying maths at university and maths in different careers. A number of other schools attended and it was great to see so many Mayfield girls from different years there..

 Dr Rebecca Cotton-Barratt explained the diverse application of maths in the wider world; it’s not all accountants and bankers! She talked, among other things, about the secret google algorithm that magically shows you the websites you want to see. She also discussed the use of maths to track the spread of diseases such as Ebola.

It was a wonderful experience that opened our eyes to the power and extensive reach of mathematics.

Dr Cotton-Barratt also offered useful advice for older girls on maths admission at university and in particular maths at Oxford, so fingers crossed for all hopeful applicants!

By Becca Snow


World Book Day celebrated in Criminal style

World Book Day on Thursday, 3 March, was celebrated in traditional Mayfield style last week with a variety of book-themed events for all year groups.

The annual Lower School character parade featured a range of criminal masterminds and detectives as crime and mystery fiction was the theme for this year.  As always, it was difficult to choose a winner because the standard of costumes and interpretations of book characters were extremely high. 

Miss Marple, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Flavia Gemina and Daisy Wells were some of the individuals who appeared, whilst the groups featured imaginative book covers from the Sherlock Holmes series , St Trinians, the Secret Seven and the Gallagher girls.   An impressive array of colourful characters paraded in front of Miss Beary, Lower School Prefects, Mrs Whitby, Mrs Gabriel and members of the English department who had the unenviable task of choosing the winners, some of whom are featured here.  Prizes included books, bookmarks and sweets.  Girls brought  a donation of £1 which will be sent to the charity, Book Aid International .

Pig Club Pork now on sale!

Pig Club is now proudly selling its very own Mayfield sausages and Jamaican patties, with bacon on its way!

For something a little different to do with your Mayfield sausages, here is a recipe from Mrs Rothero, Head of Food & Nutrition.

Mayfield Sausage Casserole

The girls in Lower School will be cooking with the Mayfield Sausages this week. This is one of the recipes we will be using, a simple Mayfield recipe!

Serves 2 - 4


2 Mayfield sausages

For the roasted vegetables:

1/2 red onion

1/2 red pepper                                                 

1/2 courgette

small piece of butternut squash

1 tablespoon olive oil

For the tomato sauce:

200ml tinned chopped tomatoes

2 teaspoons tomato puree                                   

2 tablespoons water

large pinch salt, pepper and sugar

small clove garlic - crushed


1. Roughly chop all vegetables to roast, toss in olive oil and spread out on baking tray. Add sausages and roast for 30 mins or until cooked. Gas 6 or 200*C

2. Make tomato sauce by simmering all ingredients together for 5 minutes, slightly longer if it is too runny. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

3. Cut sausages into slices and stir in to sauce with vegetables.  Serve with crusty bread and salad or cooked pasta or baked potato. Alternatively add 3 - 4 tablespoons of chick peas to the tomato sauce and combine the other ingredients, tip into an oven proof dish, top with cheese and breadcrumbs and bake for 15mins.

Mrs Sharon Rothero
Head of Middle School
Head of Food and Nutrition


A Big Adventure for Leeds House

On Sunday 28th February, the girls in Leeds House wrapped up very warmly before making their way to the Adventure Unlimited site in Argos Hill. They spent an afternoon challenging themselves with a tricky but enjoyable Obstacle Course (ropes, cargo nets, swamps to be crossed, bridges to be traversed, somersaults to be executed) and a very high and long zip wire which required them to climb a tree and be harnessed and roped up before flying squawking and screaming through the air. We roasted marshmallows over a camp fire, played ‘How-many-girls-can-you-fit-on-the-rope?’ and chose whether to swing or spin on the big swing.

It was a special afternoon out: chilly, but sunny, and everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously.

Mrs E Crawley
Leeds Housemistress


Girls visit Glyndebourne to see fellow pupil perform!

Photograph by Robert Workman

A party of girls with a particular interest in music were thrilled to visit Glyndebourne on Wednesday 24th February to see a performance of the opera, “Nothing” by David Bruce.
This wonderful production was all the more exciting and interesting for the Mayfield party because one of our own Sixth Formers, Millie Filleul, was performing in the chorus. This is, of course, a tremendous achievement and something that Millie can be very proud of and will never forget.
The production was powerful and challenging and used a mixture of professional amateur performers with great effect.

Mrs D Bagshawe
Music Department


Twenty-six girls enjoy a fantastic Ski Trip in the Italian Alps

During February Half Term Mrs Fletcher and five other members of staff took twenty-six girls from Years 8, 9 and 10 to Folgaria in Italy for a week's skiing. The snow fell for three days in a row which meant sometimes challenging conditions but incredible skiing!

There was a range of abilities, however the Italian instructors were brilliant and every single girl challenged herself and improved her skiing significantly; by the end of the week the beginners were skiing red runs!

The town of Folgaria provided us with great accommodation and evening entertainments. With the Italian cuisine and the most delicious hot chocolate, no one went hungry! Mr Reid was even invited to read the gospel in English at the local Mass which the group attended on Sunday evening.

It was a thoroughly successful trip and Mrs Fletcher looks forward to arranging the next one in two years' time!


Another Mayfield girl is making her mark on the world!

Class of 2000 leaver, Tara Button, is flying the flag for Mayfield girls across the globe with her “BuyMeOnce” concept – a new website which celebrates things that are built to last and challenges our ‘throwaway’ society!

The thinking behind Tara’s ingenious idea was if we only had to buy things once we could reduce all the hideous waste in landfills and save ourselves some cash in the long run.

Click here for the full story


Mayfield's Dance Show Spectacular!

Over one hundred Mayfield and Spark Dance girls took to the stage on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February evenings for the fabulous annual Dance Show! 

There was a great variety of dances this year, ranging from curriculum dances such as 'Car Man' featuring Y7 and Y8 girls, to contemporary group pieces such as 'UK' which highlighted different aspects of life in Britain.

The dances were both choreographed and performed by girls from across the year groups; their hard work and commitment was reflected in the quality of their performances.

The atmosphere on each evening was electric, with the audience showing their appreciation for such wonderful performances. We hope this has inspired many more budding dancers to come and take part next year!

Mrs J Jones & Ms T Crisp
Teachers of Dance & PE

The Mayfield Dance Show 2016


Former Mayfield pupil shortlisted from 20,000 entries for the 2016 Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize

Mayfield School is delighted to announce that from over 20,000 works of art, a piece by 2015 leaver, Abbie La Rooy, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools.

Click here for the full story


Mayfield Highly Commended at English Speaking Union's Schools Debate

Well done to Chelsea Henshaw, Davina Thomas and Ellie Knight, who competed for Mayfield in the English Speaking Union's Schools Debate last week.

Judges included Nick Greenslade - Editor of The Sunday Times Sports  - who spoke on behalf of his panel in saying that this year's entrants were of an even higher standard than 2015.

Chelsea, as main speaker, gave a passionate and emphatic speech on the subject of drunks' impact on Accident and Emergency services. Her performance was commended by the judges of exceptional quality and of the same standard as that of the speaker in the winning team from TWGGS.

Ellie was a poised and confident chair and Davina asked extremely acute and relevant questions to her speaker from Tonbridge School.

Mayfield gave an excellent performance and, though they didn't win, were highly commended.

Mrs N Evans
Head of English

Mayfield brings in the Chinese New Year monkey-style!

The start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey began with a fabulous celebratory meal on Monday night. A huge thank you goes to the Year 13 girls who organised everything, from the lucky dip, calligraphy, Chinese horoscope partner matching and fabulous video for our entertainment.

They also negotiated a superb menu of traditional Chinese food expertly cooked by our Mayfield Chef, which was very much enjoyed by everyone and was followed by a very exciting raffle.

Much fun was had by all and what a joy it was to see our non-Chinese students joining in too. Mayfield truly is a wonderful community!

Happy New Year!

Mrs J Sandoval
Head of ESOL


Lucy brings home a silver medal for Mayfield!

Lucy Albuquerque in Year 7 represented Mayfield School in the England Schools Trampolining competition on Sunday 31 January. This round of the competition was for all the finalists in the South region of England, stretching from Cornwall to Dover and up as far as Milton Keynes. In her category of Under14, she scored a total of 44.7 points and was delighted to come home with a Silver medal.

This is a great accomplishment especially as she was suffering from a pulled muscle in her rib cage and was unable to train for the last 10 days.

She now goes through to compete at the National School Championship in Wigan on 18 and 19 March.

Congratulations Lucy!


Maria shines at ARTiculation Regional Final

Maria Tarabanovska represented the school in the Articulation 2016 public speaking competition organised with the University of Cambridge. The Roche Court Educational Trust's regional final was held at the Quarterhouse, Folkestone. Maria gave a presentation on her visit to the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. The Trust thanked Maria for her excellent presentation and commented that she was a ‘very engaging and assured public speaker'. The judges, Allegra Galvin and Pablo Bernstein, praised Maria for 'tackling this very important artwork in our European heritage’ and for her very detailed presentation. They commented on how they particularly enjoyed her description of her own personal experience of the work within the space'. Well done, Maria!

Mrs J Weddell
Head of History of Art


Mayfield named number 1 in Top UK Boarding Schools Poll!

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Mayfield Riders start the Eventing Season as they mean to go on!

Mayfield riders kicked off the eventing season at the Woodbridge Inter-Schools ODE at Poplar Park Suffolk on Sunday 20th March with a fantastic performance culminating in a convincing team win, two individual wins, and an unprecedented level of success with every single rider achieving an individual placing!

The team of Daisy Tod, Catherine Haurie-Moss, Anna Martin and Valentine Emsens beat schools from all over East Anglia to finish first overall, while the other Mayfield team of Emma Jenkins, Katie Higgins, Georgia Thomson and Kitty Ashby also rode very well to come fourth overall.

Particular congratulations are due to Anna Martin who won her section, to Daisy Tod who came second in hers, and to Immie Long who stormed to victory in the Open section with a very convincing win.

Director of Riding, Jill Barker commented “To come away from our first event of the season with individual placings for every single rider is an amazing achievement, and one which is very well-deserved. I am delighted that the girls’ hard work over the long and gruelling winter is already paying off and this bodes well for a very successful season!”


Girls Like That :  AS Drama Performance

Monday 21st March at 19:00 in the Concert Hall

Hot off the heels of last week’s Letters, next week sees the AS drama performance. The performance lasts 30 minutes and is taken from an extract of Girls Like That by Evan Placey.  The content is of an adult nature and is therefore open to ages 16 and over. Tickets are not required.

Ms S Gerstmeyer
Head of Drama


Girls Like That bravely explores Teen Politics

Six drama students in Year 12 have received acclaim and praise for their thought-provoking performances in a 30 minute extract from Evan Placey’s Girls Like That which they performed as part of their AS Level examination on Monday 21st March.

The play explored the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology, telling the story of Scarlett, a teenager who becomes the centre of unwanted attention when a naked selfie goes viral.

Playing a chorus of six young women, Issy Goatcher, Darcie Gomer, Saskia Dalyanci, Tori Clay, Alice O’Connell and Millie Barker offered a savagely funny, eye-opening and sometimes uncomfortably honest glimpse into the lives and minds of a teenage circle of friends.

Using the practice of John Godber as inspiration for its direction, the very physical production demanded the cast play multiple roles and address the audience directly, skilfully and sensitively creating characters and emotional tension that everyone could relate to.

Head of Drama Sally Gerstmeyer commented “The students have worked incredibly hard to produce a high quality production with explosive energy and characters that we all recognise.”. The girls themselves admitted that they had found the production challenging but were thrilled with the successful outcome.


Year 13 English students enjoy The Tempest at The Globe.

After fuelling up with plenty of cake, A Level English students in Year 13 enjoyed a trip organised by Mrs Cox to the Sam Wannamaker theatre at The Globe in London on Monday 13th March to see a production of The Tempest.

Students are studying this play for their A Level and were interested to see Dominic Dromgoole's production staged with Elizabethan style costumes and staging.


World Book Day celebrated in Criminal style

World Book Day on Thursday, 3 March, was celebrated in traditional Mayfield style last week with a variety of book-themed events for all year groups.

The annual Lower School character parade featured a range of criminal masterminds and detectives as crime and mystery fiction was the theme for this year.  As always, it was difficult to choose a winner because the standard of costumes and interpretations of book characters were extremely high. 

Miss Marple, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Flavia Gemina and Daisy Wells were some of the individuals who appeared, whilst the groups featured imaginative book covers from the Sherlock Holmes series , St Trinians, the Secret Seven and the Gallagher girls.   An impressive array of colourful characters paraded in front of Miss Beary, Lower School Prefects, Mrs Whitby, Mrs Gabriel and members of the English department who had the unenviable task of choosing the winners, some of whom are featured here.  Prizes included books, bookmarks and sweets.  Girls brought  a donation of £1 which will be sent to the charity, Book Aid International .

Year 13 pupil wins place on Goldman Sachs Student Scheme

Congratulations to Phoebe Toyne-Bridges in Year 13 who has won a coveted place on the prestigious Goldman Sachs Student Scheme.

Phoebe is looking forward to participating in the Goldman Sachs 2016 A Level Girls Inspire Programme event which is taking place on Friday 19th February.

The programme, which is open to final year female A Level and IB students, aims to provide an insight into the world of financial services. The chosen students will spend the day at Goldman Sachs London office, where they will be able to meet industry professionals and enjoy a combination of experiential learning and mentorship. The programme aims to identify the girls' strengths, build their confidence and develop skills to aid their transition from school to university while gaining exposure to the many career opportunities within the financial services industry.


Mayfield Leaver of 2015 Kate Saldanha receives award for top result in Cambridge Pre-U exam series



Kate Saldanha, a former Mayfield School pupil, has received an award from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge her outstanding performance in achieving the highest mark for Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design in the June 2015 public exams, while at the School.


Click here for the full story!


Life's Lessons

Miss Beary has once again appeared in print, this time in Schoolhouse Magazine with a message which is particularly pertinent this week, Children's Mental Health Week.

Lessons for Life


A Level Results 2015 - Mayfield goes from strength to strength

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 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.  


Mayfield's Ceramicists take excellence to a new level

The outstanding Ceramics Department at Mayfield School in East Sussex has long been renowned as a true centre of excellence, producing work of a consistently high quality which is often exhibited and sold to collectors. It comes as no surprise therefore, that this year’s A Level results are as successful as ever, with over 80% of candidates achieving A* or A. To achieve this high standard one year is remarkable; to achieve it year upon year is exceptional.

This year the department has reached a new high.

Highest Grades for Mayfield's Pre-U Ceramicists
Two years ago, the School launched a new course, offering the Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design.  The course reflects Mayfield’s strengths in the creative arts, allowing students to specialise or combine work in ceramics, textiles and art, supported by academic study of artists and artistic movements or styles.

Today saw the first cohort of results. They could not have been better: every candidate achieved the top mark, Distinction 1 (D1).  The Distinction 2 is regarded by universities as higher than an A* grade and the D1 is so rare that they have not yet decided on how far above an A* grade it is!

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GCSE Results 2015 - Stellar results for Mayfield’s scientists and artists as girls maintain excellent standards

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 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*. 

Click here for the full results...


Schola News

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


Berlin-Krakow trip

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


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!”


Swimming success

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.

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
Mayfield girls!

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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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.


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.



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.


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.