A-level results at St Leonards-Mayfield buck national trend

Camilla Hickish (left) with Eleanor Reynolds
Camilla Hickish (left) with Eleanor Reynolds

ST LEONARDS-Mayfield School is celebrating an increase to 48 per cent in the proportion of its results graded at A*/A, in a year when nationally the proportion of top marks has dropped for the first time in 20 years.

This year, Mayfield’s A-Level students have achieved the grades they require to take up their places at a wide range of universities, including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, University College London, Liverpool and even the University of Vienna.

Elizabeth Cardozo.

Elizabeth Cardozo.

For a boarding school which is home to students from across the UK and the world, the school said it was pleasing to see so many local day-pupils amongst the highest performing students.

Alice Saldanha (Rushlake Green) secured three A*s in English, Classics and Religious Studies, which assured her place at the University of Bristol to study English.

Elizabeth Cardozo (Mark Cross), who achieved A*s in Economics and Geography and an A in Maths, has a place to study Geography at Bristol.

Joining their friends at the university will be two future medics: Thea Williams (Frant), who achieved three A*s in Maths, Biology and Chemistry; and deputy head girl Camilla Hickish (Hailsham) who scored straight As in the same subjects.

Sophie Grant (Dallington) will focus her future studies on the animal world, having secured the three As she required for the Veterinary Science degree course at Bristol.

Eleanor Reynolds (Handcross), the school’s second deputy head girl, will also be studying Medicine, having achieved an A* and two As, but has chosen the University of Liverpool.

Headmistress Antonia Beary said: “As ever, I am proud of our students: not only for all their hard work both inside and outside of the classroom, but for their contribution to the life of the School.

“Many schools talk loosely about offering an ‘added-value’ education to their students; that is, supporting their students to achieve better grades than might be expected based solely on their underlying ability.

“In Mayfield’s case, our added-value has been independently measured and places the school in the top ten per cent of independent secondary schools in the country, and the top five per cent of all schools.

“The girls’ results today are not only testament to their own commitment, but to the hard work and support of our staff.”

St Leonards-Mayfield School is an independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, situated in Mayfield, East Sussex

A total of 94 per cent of all results were graded A* - C. The pass rate was 100 per cent.