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Mayfield Girls Impress in GCSEs

Published Thursday 27th of September 2012 01:27:39 PM

Year 11 pupils at St Leonards-Mayfield School are today celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. Two thirds of all results are the top A* and A grades and 97% are graded A* to C.

In fourteen subjects over 75% of all results reached the coveted A* & A grades, including Chemistry and Biology; German, Geography, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Italian, and Latin; Music, Art & Design and Ceramics; and Religious Studies and Physical Education. The School is proud to have such strength in depth across the full range of sciences, social sciences and arts.

With well over 50% of the 60 candidates achieving 7 or more A*/A grades � and 16 girls securing 10 or more � it is difficult to highlight particular individuals. Marianna Balzarelli, Catriona Franck, Ella Strudley and Jennifer Shepherd are representative of the hard work and impressive grades achieved by this year�s pupils.

Marianna Balzarelli achieved an outstanding 11A*s and 1A and will now enter the Sixth Form to study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Latin, with a view to taking a degree in Medicine. Marianna is a talented linguist who is evidently undaunted by challenges, for she has spent the summer doing work experience at a hospital� in Paris! Marianna plans to combine next year�s A-Levels with her other great love, textiles; the Department has just moved into a newly-refurbished premises at the heart of School.

Catriona Franck also achieved 11A*s. When she returns to School in September she will turn her attention to A-Levels in Politics, French, English and Maths, but will undoubtedly still find the time to be a key member of Mayfield's choir, Schola Cantorum.

Ella Strudley scooped 10 A*s and anticipates studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Music at A-Level. Her results are all the more remarkable when you consider that in the last twelve months alone, she has been awarded Grade 8 Distinction in the harp, violin and piano.

Another accomplished musician, Jennifer Shepherd has also successfully juggled her academic and musical interests. She was awarded 9 A*s and 2 As in her GCSE exams and has also achieved Grade 6 piano, Grade 5 viola and been an active member of Schola Cantorum.

Headmistress, Miss Antonia Beary commended all the pupils on their results: �I�m delighted with how well the girls have performed yet again; over the last two years they have shown great commitment and, as a result, have created an excellent foundation for their A-Level studies. Credit must also go to the staff for all the support they have given the girls. For such a wide range of departments to secure so many top grades is testament to their expertise and commitment.�

"In fourteen subjects over 75% of all results reached the coveted A* & A grades, including Chemistry and Biology; German, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Italian, and Latin; Music, Art & Design and Ceramics; and Religious Studies and Physical Education."



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