15 August 2019

The Mayfield School community is celebrating another set of exceptional A Level results across the full range of disciplines, with the highest level of A* grades achieved in recent years: particularly pleasing given media reports of a fall in the awarding of top grades nationally.

Mayfield girls have secured places at leading universities in the UK, USA and Europe (including Oxford, Imperial, King’s and UCL, Durham, Edinburgh and Exeter among others) to study a wide range of academic disciplines encompassing Aerospace Engineering, Classics, Economics, Graphic Design, Medicine, Modern Languages and Physics.

Outstanding results were achieved across the extensive A Level curriculum offered at Mayfield. Almost a quarter of all entries were awarded A*, with 55% graded A*/A and 75% A*/B. Maths remains the most popular subject at A Level and students achieved continuing success, with an impressive 30% achieving an A* grade. The School’s first-class reputation for creativity is reflected in 100% of students achieving all A*/A grades in Ceramics, with almost two thirds awarded the top A* grade.

Languages are a popular and successful choice at Mayfield, notwithstanding a reduction in their study at national level, with over one third of entries graded A* and 80% A*/A in a wide range of European and Classical languages. Overall almost 80% of students achieved ABB+ or equivalent. The excellent results across all academic disciplines reflects the strength in breadth and depth for which Mayfield is commended.

Almost 10% of the year group achieved at least 3 A* grades and in addition a quarter of all girls achieved all A* and A grades.

Alicia (who took A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography) and Charlotte (who studied Biology, Chemistry and Classical Civilisation) have secured their places to study Medicine at Cardiff and Southampton respectively. Both girls achieved all four university offers for Medicine, an exceptional achievement for this highly competitive course.

Immie, who joined the Sixth Form from a local grammar school, achieved an impressive 3 A* grades in French, Maths and Physics and is excited to be taking her place at Edinburgh to study Economics. Ruby achieved 3 A*s and 1 A grade and will read Mathematics at Jesus College Oxford, whilst Fryderyca, who joined the Sixth Form under the British Alumni Society Scholarship Programme, also achieved 3 A*s and 1 A grade and has a place to study Genetics at Edinburgh.

Local girl Mia was awarded 3 A* grades in Maths, Economics and Politics and will study Business Management at King’s, and Deputy Head Girl Amelia also achieved 3 A*s, in Biology, Chemistry and Maths to secure her place at Edinburgh to study Veterinary Medicine. Rachel, from Tunbridge Wells, who is excited to be taking her place at St Anne’s College Oxford to read English, said of her time at Mayfield: “I am absolutely thrilled with my results and to have gained a place at Oxford. Mayfield has encouraged and supported me every step of the way and I’m so grateful to the School for helping me to aim high and achieve my goals.”

Headmistress Antonia Beary comments:

“It is a great joy to see so many girls achieve such impressive results again this year. It is particularly pleasing to see girls who joined us lacking in confidence but went on to thrive and flourish at Mayfield, today being rewarded by outstanding grades which reflect their ability and confirm their potential.

“These results are a great credit to Mayfield’s inspirational and dedicated staff, as well as the girls themselves, who have all worked hard. I am confident that another cohort of Mayfield girls are leaving us ready and prepared to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges the future holds for them.”

Mayfield offers an extensive Sixth Form curriculum, spanning the range of traditional academic subjects and a wide selection of creative and performing arts disciplines. Girls follow a tailored programme of study and, reflecting the rounded nature of a Mayfield education, many will balance a combination of arts and sciences. Mayfield has a tradition of cultivating academic excellence. Class sizes are small and inspirational teaching, from highly-qualified and dedicated staff, enables girls to flourish and excel, reflecting the equal value placed on every subject and the breadth of curriculum offered.

Sixth Form students also benefit from a specialist Enrichment Programme, which promotes critical and independent thought and intellectual enquiry beyond the curriculum, as well as a Life Skills course, which prepares girls for the future through the development of key employability and practical skills. Personalised higher education and careers advice and guidance is provided by specialist advisors to support girls in making excellent informed choices.

Mayfield will be hosting a Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7pm for 2020 applicants. To reserve a place, please contact Mrs Shirley Coppard, Registrar, at [email protected].

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