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Most parents are happy with the single sex environment, one saying that she felt girls don’t want to appear cleverer than boys - ‘I don’t want them to have to bother to look after male egos…’ The head says the girls value the space to be themselves, and of boys - ‘we bring them in when we want them, then put them away…’ (Tonbridge or Skinners boys come in for parties). But it’s not exclusively female here: there are...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (3D Studies) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Classical Civilisation at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (3D Studies) at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (3D Studies) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


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, Miss 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 is...

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Special Education Needs

School's description of their SEN provision:

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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