Physical Education

Participation in Sport is fundamental to life at Mayfield. It instils the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle throughout the School community, and provides opportunities to build resilience, teamwork and leadership, on and off the playing field. Our sports programme delivers a varied and diverse core curriculum to every student. The girls experience a range of sports including Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Swimming, Athletics, Dance and Tennis. From Year 10 onwards, the curriculum expands to include other sports such as Tag Rugby, Water Polo, Badminton, Volleyball and Aerobics.

In addition to the extensive curricular and extra-curricular PE, the Department offers GCSE and A Level PE. At both levels, students have the opportunity to underpin their practical knowledge with theoretical study, covering Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Socio-Cultural Influences, and Physical Training. They develop a deeper understanding of an athlete’s development and apply their knowledge to their own performance.

The School has excellent facilities including an AstroTurf, six fully-lit netball courts/eight tennis courts, a modern dance studio, an indoor heated 25m swimming pool, a fully- equipped fitness room, and a well-equipped gymnasium. The School also boasts impressive riding facilities, with a purpose built Equestrian Centre situated on the School site.

Head of Department

Miss Emily Starr

Miss Emily Starr BSc (Hons) QTS 

After graduating Loughborough University in 2014 with a Sports Science with Business Management degree, Miss Starr went to her old school to work as a Graduate Assistant. She soon discovered that this was a vocation she was passionate about and undertook her QTS training at Bishop Stopford School. 

Miss Starr continued her career here for two years teaching Geography for a year before moving to Mayfield in 2017 to start our Cricket programme which is where her specalism lies. Miss Starr played Centre of Excellence football and County Cricket to the age of 13 where she made the decision to persue her Cricket career. She played for Northamptonshire CCC until she went to Loughborough and played in the MCCU Academy for three years. Miss Starr's most prestigious accolade is playing Cricket for England at two indoor Cricket World Cup.