Places secured at the top UK universities

SIXTH Form pupils at St Leonards-Mayfield School achieved another excellent set of A Level results.

In 11 subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Ceramics, Economics, Italian, Spanish, French, Geography, Ancient Greek, Latin and Chinese – every candidate achieved an A*, A or B grade. Twelve girls achieved three or more A*/A grades.

These results have secured most girls a place at their first-choice university. Destinations this year included Oxford and Cambridge as well as many of the Russell Group of 20 leading British universities, such as Imperial College London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Durham, York, Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton.

Leading the field are local girls Pattie Wyllie, Emily Craig and Jess Williamson.

Pattie will be studying History at Jesus College, Cambridge, having secured four A* grades in English, Latin, History and Ceramics. Pattie has, over the course of her seven years at Mayfield, been in many respects an archetypal ‘Mayfield girl’: a prefect, choral singer, and dedicated artist, she has successfully managed her extra-curricular commitments to ensure that she secured the grades she required for Cambridge.

Jess Williamson and Emily Craig have also enjoyed great academic success alongside their dedication to activities outside of the classroom. Jess, one of the school’s leading sportswomen, carefully managed her academic studies around her commitments on the hockey pitch and netball court and has been rewarded with four A*s, including a score of 100 per cent in Mathematics. Jess will now study Biology and Animal Behaviour at Exeter University.

Emily, who earlier this year made her mark on the world of rowing by winning the lightweight double sculls at the Henley Regatta, achieved three A*s and one A and will be reading History of Art at the Courtauld Institute in London.

Grace Thompson, of Isfield, who, having received A*s in Art and English and As in Biology and Chemistry last summer, has been accepted to St Anne’s College, Oxford, to study Fine Art.

Headmistress Antonia Beary commented: “We are proud of the results our girls have achieved, yet again. Not only has our A* rating increased to 21 per cent, but the ‘value-added’ results for individual students are impressive and more than 80 per cent of girls achieved at least one A*/A grade.

“In what was always going to be a competitive year for university places, I am delighted that our girls will be taking up places at the best UK universities, to study arts, sciences and subjects such as Law and Engineering. As usual, Medicine is one of our most popular choices of degrees, with Mayfield girls accepted by Imperial, Nottingham and Leeds this year.

“I am confident that the education Mayfield has provided will help all our leavers make the most of the opportunities and challenges the future presents.”