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  • Mayfield School
    The Old Palace
    High Street
    East Sussex
    TN20 6PH
  • Head: Miss A Beary
  • T 01435 874600
  • F 01435 872627
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Sussex
  • Pupils: 406; sixth formers: 104
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £23,250; Boarding £36,750 pa
  • Open days: 27 November 2021 (virtual); 10 February 2022 (in person); 26 February 2022 (virtual); 26 March 2022 (in person); 28 April 2022 (in person); 21 May 2022 (in person)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

One parent said that the moment her girls walked into the site they loved it: ‘They saw the school in action and were enchanted by it’. It offered something to both her girls, the more academic and the less so. The Catholic ethos is applied gently, and often with cake - the history teacher described attending mass at a church in France on a school trip, and the delight of going to the patisserie next door for cream cakes afterwards. Most parents are happy with…

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What the school says...

At Mayfield School, girls will find the space to be themselves within a challenging yet supportive environment. Mayfield girls are encouraged to educate their mind, body, heart and soul. We support each girl to develop a love of knowledge, sound working habits and a responsibility for her own learning. The result is excellent public examination grades and university places at a wide range of leading institutions.

From fashion design to forensic science, drama to horticulture, Mayfield girls are encouraged to extend themselves outside the classroom as much as inside. Some pursuits stand particularly proud: the School team has won the National Schools Equestrian Association Championship a staggering 9 times over the last 15 years; and Mayfield has a reputation as the UKs leading secondary school for ceramics, having won several national awards.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2008, Antonia Beary, previously deputy head here, and before that at New Hall, Ampleforth and The Leys. Read English at Cambridge. Devoted to the school and its pupils, and determined to inspire her girls to do anything: ‘they don’t have to be something safe or obvious [in their careers]’. Hear hear.

In assembly, challenges Britain’s Got Talent as lamentably failing to model good behaviour or taste; in fact, encourages the girls to challenge lots of things on a regular basis. Parents are confident that she handles the school well, and impressed at her knowledge of every child. ‘Delightful head… very professional,’ said one; ‘slightly eccentric… has helped us so much,’ said another. ‘Girls like her, but have a healthy respect for her,’ said a dad, adding that his daughter...

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Special Education Needs

School's description of their SEN provision:

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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