St Leonards-Mayfield School is celebrating after students achieved outstanding GCSE results. Students bucked the national trend, which suggested a decline in overall performance.
67 per cent of Mayfield’s candidates achieved A*-A grades, an increase on last year’s result, with an impressive 41 per cent of all candidates achieving nine A*-A grades or more.
98 per cent of students achieved A*-C grades.
Drama was the highest performing department, with 94 per cent of candidates achieving A* and A grades.
A*-A grades were achieved by 89 per cent of candidates who took German and PE and 83 per cent of those who sat Music.
78 per cent of candidates achieved A* or A in Biology and Chemistry and 68 per cent in Physics. Almost 70 per cent of Mayfield’s GCSE candidates sat three separate science papers.
Antonia Beary, Headmistress of St Leonards-Mayfield said: “We are delighted by yet another strong performance from Mayfield’s GCSE candidates; the success they have enjoyed across both traditional academic and creative subjects is a tribute to the strength and breadth of the teaching within the School. Once again we have been able to help our girls realise their full potential and achieve results which are even better than they may have expected when they joined us. The girls have worked hard and I am particularly pleased that they have been rewarded by good results in such a diverse range of areas: it confirms that they are not just learning how to pass examinations, but are really making the most of the opportunities a Mayfield education offers.”
Mayfield students were among the first in the country to receive their GCSE results, following the introduction of a new delivery system that meant they could pick up their results by email direct to their computers, tablets or smartphones.
Mary-Rose Beamish, who is 16 and from Mayfield, achieved 11 straight A*s. She said: “I’m really happy and relieved, everyone had been telling me I was going to do well but I wasn’t as confident so it’s great to have achieved 11 A*s. My parents are very proud, and also my four siblings.
“I can’t wait to join the sixth form and start my A-levels, I’ll be taking Maths, Chemistry, Geography and Spanish. I love it at Mayfield because there are so many extra curricular activities, so alongside my studies I can also focus on horse riding, music and sports.
“My brother’s fiancée has just had a baby so I’ll be celebrating my results by meeting my newborn niece later.”
Other success stories included Amelia Gabriel, who achieved 11 A*s and Summer Balfour, who achieved seven A*s, three As and one B, including achieving 100 per cent in Chemistry.
Lydia Potter, aged 16 and from Hartfield, achieved 10 A*s and one A. She said: “I’m really thrilled and relieved to have my results. I love the culture at Mayfield which means it isn’t embarrassing if you want to work hard and learn, everyone wants to do well.
“I’m looking forward to starting my A Levels at Mayfield – I’ll be studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature and hope to study medicine after school as it’s my dream to become a doctor.”