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A Level Results 2015 - Mayfield goes from strength to strength

Published Tuesday 18th of August 2015 12:04:10 PM

For the fifth successive year, girls at Mayfield School raised the bar, achieving outstanding A Level results with the A* to B pass rate increasing to 81%, the best for five years. 30% achieved straight A*/A with over a quarter of all grades being A*and almost 80% of the girls achieving at least one A*/A grade. 100% of girls passed 3 or more A Levels, with a good number successfully studying an eclectic range of four or five challenging academic subjects. This is particularly impressive given that the school’s intake is not highly selective. Impressive results across the board saw subjects including Further Maths, Music, Spanish and History of Art achieving 100% A*/A. Furthermore, 15 additional subjects achieved 100% A*/B. This year saw the first cohort of results for the two year Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design. The results could not have been better with each girl achieving Distinction 1 (D1), which is the top grade, and significantly higher than an A* grade. In addition, Mayfield’s outstanding Ceramics department also had another successful year, with 80% of candidates achieving A* or A. There were exceptional results, as ever, in all the Sciences and Maths where an increasing number of girls achieved full marks in a range of modules. Particularly noteworthy was the 75% of a large cohort achieving A*/A in Chemistry. The consistently strong Geography department saw 85% of its students achieving A*/A including several girls being awarded full marks: 400/400! Karolina Prylinska earned a remarkable five A* grades in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Polish. She will be reading Medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Joanna Banasik’s four A* grades in Economics, Government & Politics, Mathematics and Polish mean that she will be taking up her place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge to read Human, Social and Political Science. Head Girl Amelia Gabriel (A*A*A) is delighted to be taking up her place at Lincoln College, Oxford to read English. She will be joined in Oxford by Mary-Rose Beamish, who achieved 100% in both her AS and A2 Geography. Mary-Rose is set to read Geography at St Edmund’s Hall. Also off to study the same subject is Livvy Reid (A*AA), who similarly achieved full marks in Geography. Particular congratulations go to Kate Saldanha, one of our outstanding Pre-U Art and Design candidates, who was awarded A* grades in Chemistry and History of Art alongside her D1; an outstanding but well-deserved achievement. Kate’s results- a combination of Sciences and Arts subjects- reflect the importance Mayfield places on breadth and creativity in the curriculum. Beatrice Cardozo (D1AB) whose Pre U work was based on a Medieval Spanish theme has earned not only outstanding marks but also the admiration of the Queen of Spain herself! Lydia Potter (A*A*A) will be going to read medicine at Cardiff and Sophie Malory (AAA) to read Veterinary Science at Glasgow. London universities are the destination of Summer Balfour (A*A*A) who will be reading Politics, Philosophy and Law at Kings, Cecelia Yip’s two A*and one A are taking her to Imperial College to read Bio-Chemistry and Valentine Godin (A*AA) who has a place at the London School of Economics to read Economics and Maths. Livvy Reid is off to study Geography at Durham (A*AA), having achieved full marks in 400/400 in her Geography. Kitty Evans-Smith and Katie Dickinson (also both A*AA) are off to Bristol (English and Film) and Bath (Management), respectively. Headmistress Miss Antonia Beary comments: “It has been another outstanding year for Mayfield girls. The standard of their performance inside and outside the classroom continues to impress: be it the girls achieving straight A* or those who have been rewarded by marks which may not appear stellar, but which are an impressive reflection of their hard work and commitment over the past two years. Almost 75% girls continue with a combination of Arts and Sciences to A Level and their success reflects the value and importance of creative thinking not only in what are perceived to be traditionally artistic subjects, but also in all branches of science and the humanities. All of the girls study traditional, rigorous and challenging A Level subjects and there is no doubt that the expectation that they think independently and take responsibility for their own work has helped them to such pleasing outcomes. I am confident that what they have learnt and the way in which they have learnt it – not to mention the friendships they have made -will stand them good stead as they go on to University and beyond. For each girl, in her own way, the future should be bright. I look forward to hearing of their continuing progress.”
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