12 June 2020

In recent weeks, we have seen people across the world come together to unite against racism in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd. This has generated much meaningful debate and examination of racial inequality and discrimination in all its forms, particularly in schools.  At Mayfield, we have been reflecting on what we, as a school, currently do to promote understanding and challenge racism, and how we can better support our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pupils.  As well as discussions at school between pupils, staff and governors, we are grateful to have heard from alumnae who have been in contact to share their views and experiences. 

We condemn any form of racism, discrimination or injustice and wish to encourage collective engagement to influence positive action. In many ways, Mayfield provides a privileged experience so we want to help and encourage girls to understand more about the wider world in which we live, as well as engaging within the School. To support this, initiatives, including the setting up of a school forum to review how we help our whole community understand and confront issues of racism and unconscious bias, have been introduced. Led by our Sixth Form students, this forum will include pupils, staff, alumnae and parents, and will be supported by a representative of our governing body, who has professional experience of diversity management within a multi-national environment. 

Mayfield is founded on respect and inclusivity, where we want every girl to be accepted for who she is and the potential she has.  We value the diversity within our school and, inspired by our Cornelian ethos, seek to create an environment in which each member of our community feels equally valued and respected. When this doesn’t happen for any reason we want, and have a duty, to address it. We support open and honest dialogue on the issue of racism and racial discrimination, and are engaging with all of our community to inform the educational experience we provide.  We have always taken pride in Mayfield girls being well-rounded and able to respond to the needs of the age. We recognise that we are living in exceptional times so want to ensure that they continue to have the skills and knowledge to do this effectively. If you would like to share your thoughts with us or play an active role on the school forum, we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please email  headmistress@mayfieldgirls.org.

Antonia Beary

Chantal Davies 
Lady Davies of Stamford
Chair of Governors OC Class of 1971