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One In Four Grades Awarded Are The Top Grade

Published by Mayfield School on Thursday 24th of August 2023

Mayfield, the leading Catholic independent day and boarding school for girls, is celebrating an impressive set of GCSE results, with one in four of grades awarded being the top grade (grade 9).


Mayfield’s Year 11 girls achieved exceptional results in Further Maths and IGCSE English, with over half being awarded the top grade 9. In addition, 43% of students taking History were awarded a grade 9. Students also excelled in Science, with over 25% of the cohort awarded a grade 9 in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.


Mayfield’s Head, Jonathan Forster, commented: “I am delighted by these exceptional results, especially so given our Year 11 girls’ education was severely affected by the pandemic. There were 15 subjects where over half the students achieved an 8 or 9, including modern languages, creative and performing arts. These results are testimony to the hard work of our girls and the support and encouragement they have received from their teachers.”


Katie and Katrina both achieved the top grade in all 11 of their GCSE subjects. Katrina, who is a regular at Mayfield’s Algebra Club, said: “I was overjoyed when I received my results. I would love to say a big thank you to my family and friends for supporting me throughout, and to all the teachers who have helped me through my GCSE journey at Mayfield, always there to answer my questions and mark my essays. It's a lot of hard work, but I know it has paid off!"


Rosie, who won an award at last year’s Model United Nations Conference in Poland for her debating skills and had a leading role in Mayfield’s recent production of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, achieved nine grade 9s and two grade 8s. She said: “I joined Mayfield in Year 7 with a hunger for knowledge and an enthusiasm to learn. Throughout my five years at the school, I have been supported through my academics, encouraged to pursue a myriad of opportunities, and inspired by the excellent teachers and staff. I am thrilled with my exam results and I am also so grateful for the person Mayfield has helped me to become: a woman with an inquisitive mind, who can be empathetic but is also unafraid to take up space and share her views on the world."


Tunbridge Wells twins, Francesca and Sophie, who joined Mayfield in Year 10, achieved a clean sweep of grades 9-7 across all their GCSEs. Sophie said: “I’m so happy with my results today, and I’m super excited to begin my A levels. Apart from all of the support from my teachers, I think what makes Mayfield so special is the opportunities that it has brought me outside of my studies, like Model United Nations and Drama Club.” Francesca added: “I’m very pleased to get my results today and I’m excited to be going into the Sixth Form at Mayfield, where I’ll be studying Maths, Economics, Chemistry and Psychology. I’m grateful for all of the additional academic support outside of the classroom and have enjoyed being part of the sports teams.”


Head Jonathan Forster was also particularly pleased that Kseniia, who joined Mayfield at the end of Year 10 on a full bursary after leaving her homeland – Ukraine - due to war, achieved grades 9-7 across all her GCSE exams.


He went on to say: “As they move into the Sixth Form, the girls have many more opportunities to learn life skills, especially through all the leadership opportunities available, whether that be as a subject ambassador, mentoring younger girls, or taking on a prefect role. Each girl is encouraged to make a tangible difference in her own way.


Our Sixth Formers enjoy greater independence and autonomy in their learning, inside and outside the classroom, helping to ensure they achieve not only the highest grades, but also the best possible preparation for life after school.


I look forward to following their progress as they move into the Sixth Form”

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