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Mayfield’s exceptional ceramicists take their success to a new level

Published Wednesday 19th of August 2015 09:41:30 AM

The outstanding Ceramics Department at Mayfield School in East Sussex has long been renowned as a true centre of excellence, producing work of a consistently high quality which is often exhibited and sold to collectors. It comes as no surprise therefore, that this year’s A Level results are as successful as ever, with over 80% of candidates achieving A* or A. To achieve this high standard one year is remarkable; to achieve it year upon year is exceptional. This year the department has reached a new high. Two years ago, the School launched a new course, offering the Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design. The course reflects Mayfield’s strengths in the creative arts, allowing students to specialise or combine work in ceramics, textiles and art, supported by academic study of artists and artistic movements or styles. Today saw the first cohort of results. They could not have been better: every candidate achieved the top mark, Distinction 1 (D1). The Distinction 2 is regarded by universities as higher than an A* grade and the D1 is so rare that they have not yet decided on how far above an A* grade it is! Particular congratulations go to Kate Saldanha, majoring in Ceramics, 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. She is delighted to take up a place at Edinburgh to study Product Design. Beatrice Cardozo (D1AB), whose Pre U work based on a Medieval Spanish theme in a combination of both Ceramics and Textiles, has earned not only outstanding marks but also the admiration of the Queen of Spain herself! Bea will be continuing to study Art and Design at Art School in Leeds. Head of Ceramics, Tim Rees-Moorlah, who teaches the Pre-U course at Mayfield, commented: "I believe the Pre-U course allows pupils to truly explore a theme and develop their skills and interests to a much greater degree than the current A level course. I am overjoyed that our first pupils completing the course produced such an outstanding body of work and were rewarded for the huge effort they made. I am very much looking forward to seeing what they will produce in the future!"
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