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Highflyers Heathfield


Congratulations from Mrs Heywood This newsletter aims to give an overview of the achievements accomplished by Heathfield’s community throughout academic year 2012/2013 and during the summer. As you read the newsletter you will learn of Heathfield’s public examination success, the university destinations of our leavers and the accomplishments of our Old Girls who have recently graduated. The newsletter further demonstrates the girls’ feats in their co-curricular activities.

We are all extremely proud of everyone who has achieved in our community and give thanks to all those who have helped our girls and Old Girls to be so successful. As our school motto says, ‘the merit of one is the honour of all’ and this certainly rings true today.

Mrs Jo Heywood Headmistress

Mrs Jo Heywood

University Destinations - 2013 Leavers Arts University Bournemouth Arts and Event Management* Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design Foundation Diploma in Art and Design City University Accounting and Finance King’s College, University of London Philosophy London College of Fashion Creative Direction for Fashion

Heathfield’s Public Examination Success At A Level nine in ten girls at Heathfield gained an A*-A grade with an impressive clean sweep of A*-A grades in seven subjects which included German, Japanese and Art and Design. In addition seven in ten girls achieved A*-B grades in all their A Levels, with 40% achieving at least two A grades in their tally of A Levels. Over half of the school’s A Level candidates sat a Science or Mathematics A Level, which was significantly above the national average. The school’s excellence in the Arts was confirmed with more than 60% of A Level candidates sitting an Art A Level with 100% achieving A*-A grades. Three girls gained a rare perfect score of 400 out of 400 in their Art A Level, two in Art and Design Photography and one in Art and Design. More than four in ten of GCSE exams taken at Heathfield were awarded the highest A*-A grades while 97% of girls achieved at least five A*-C passes. Over a third of girls achieved at least 2 A* grades in their impressive tally of passes with a quarter of candidates scoring at least six A*-A passes. Top-performing GCSE subjects include Religious Studies (79% A*-A), History (93% A*-B), English Literature (83% A*-B), Geography (78% A*-B) and Latin (100% A-B). One in four girls sat Chemistry, Physics and Biology as separate sciences and they achieved impressive results: 86% A*-A grades in Biology, 100% A-B grades in Chemistry and 86% in A-B in Physics while 86% of the school’s candidates passed Science as a Single Award.

Loughborough College Sports Coaching Loughborough University Politics; Product Design and Technology Newcastle University Combined Honours – Philosophy and Sociology; Physical Geography* Oxford Brookes University Publishing Media/Communications; Media and Culture* RADA Acting Shanghai Jiao Tong University Chinese Trinity College, Ireland History (2012 Leaver) Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid Law and European Law & International Law University of Bristol Politics and Sociology; History University of Edinburgh Economics and Accounting; History of Art; History of Art and English Literature; Architecture University of Exeter Film Studies*; Philosophy and History*; Philosophy and Sociology* University of Kent Law and Business Administration University of Leeds Graphic and Communication Design University of Nottingham Philosophy University of Westminster Photographic Arts* Course will begin in 2014


Examination Accomplishments

Lisa Myaksheva and guest speaker Brenda Trenowden, Parents’ Day 2013

Heathfield’s A Level students achieved an impressive set of examination results this summer which have given the girls the opportunity to gain places at highly regarded Universities throughout the UK and the rest of the world to study a range of courses. Heathfield’s A Level students have excelled across the board in academic subjects and the arts.This success is also repeated at AS Level and GCSE.

At A Level notable academic performances came from Emily Broughton, Haruna Matsui and Lisa Myaksheva. Emily achieved straight As in Mathematics, History and Economics with an A in French at AS Level and goes on to read History at the University of Bristol. Haruna achieved an A* in Japanese, As in Maths and Physics and a B in Chemistry at A Level alongside a grade A in Further Maths at AS Level. Haruna goes on to study Accounting and Finance at City University. Lisa was awarded A*s in Russian, Religious Studies and Photography, an A in Geography and B in English, all at A Level. Lisa goes on to study Philosophy at King’s College, London. The outgoing UVI achieved highly in the Arts with Esme Lonsdale gaining a place at RADA for Acting and Leala Brackley gaining a Scholarship to study Fine Art at Parsons, New York and a conditional place at the London College of Fashion. Leala goes on to study Creative Direction for Fashion at the London College of Fashion. Lauren Mathison gained an unconditional place at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design where she takes up a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. At AS Level a special mention must be made of Thea-Rose (Form UVI) for gaining an A* in A Level French, As at AS in Religious Studies, History of Art and Music plus a B in English. Anastasia (Form UVI) received an A* in A Level Russian with As in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at AS Level as well as a B in Politics and German and C in Economics. Charlotte achieved As in Mathematics, Chemistry and Photography alongside a B in Economics. Emily (Form UVI) achieved As at AS Level in Psychology, Religious Studies and French with a C in Biology. Pia also achieved As in Art and Photography and a B in Politics. Performances at GCSE were impressive with Emily (Form LVI) and Sophie A both achieving 2 A*s, 7 As and a B at GCSE. Daisy (Form LVI) achieved 4 A*s, 4As and a B whilst this year’s Head Girl Anna received 2 A*s, 6As and 2Bs.

Degree Results 2013

Keeping in touch with Heathfield’s Old Girls is a fundamental part of the school and dates back to the founding principles the school’s founder, Eleanor Beatrice Wyatt, put in place. It is lovely to hear from those Old Girls who have recently graduated and below their achievements are shared. Charlotte Banner Exeter University BA (2:1) Politics and International Relations with History Claudia Birrell Exeter University BA (2:1) Geography Catharine Bowen Oxford Brookes University BA (2:2) Anthropology/Sociology Lucy Boynton Bristol University BA (2:1) History of Art (2012) Lily Brooks Exeter University BA (2:1) History with Politics Virginia Cayzer Parsons School of Design New York Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Architecture Jemima Cadbury Leeds University BA (2:2) Philosophy and Theology & Religious Studies Eliza Caminada Northumbria University BA (2:1) Contemporary Photographic Practice Flora Campbell Southampton University BSc (2:1) Biomedical Sciences Leonora Darby The Courtauld Institute of Art BA (2:1) History of Art Mona Ebert Cambridge University BA (2:1) English Lucy Edelestein Royal Academy of Dramatic Art BA (Merit) Stage Management Gabrielle Floirendo Brandeis University, USA BA (2:1) Politics and French Alicia Knowles Nottingham University BA (2:1) Art History Verena Kan Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design BA (2:1)Textile Design Katherine Stratton Newcastle University BSc (2:2) Psychology Kateryna King’s College London BA (2:2) Tereshchenko Mathematics and Philosophy Josephine Tyser Royal Agricultural University BSc (2:1) Business Management Rebecca Welman Bristol University BA (First Class) Theology These are the results we have available on going to press. planned to continue her travels with other Heathfield girls, she fell in love with South America and decided to stay. Kitty travelled to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. During the final five months of her gap year she worked with children in the slums; every day she taught them and played games with them.

Huge congratulations to all the girls in these year group and their teachers who work extremely hard to ensure they achieved such an impressive set of results.

Kitty is now going on to study at the American University of Saint Louis, Madrid Campus. Kitty has not quite decided what she will major in yet, but the Liberal Arts looks likely! Heathfield was proud to hear that Kitty was awarded The Esme Lonsdale and guest speaker Brenda Trenowden, Parents’ Day 2013 Sullivant Scholarship which is given for academic excellence and Kitty believes her volunteering work helped her to secure the Scholarship. Kitty said “Heathfield helped me a lot. My academic grades were thanks to teachers at Heathfield, and also Mrs Ingram who supported After Kitty left Heathfield in June 2012 with two As and a B in her A Levels me massively with the long application she moved to Buenos Aires where initially she spent three months studying process to Spanish universities which Kitty Macpherson and guest speaker differs so much from the British system”. Spanish at the University of Buenos Aires. Although Kitty had originally

Kitty Macpherson is awarded

The Sullivant Scholarship

Cilla Snowball, Parents’ Day 2012


The History Department was once again thrilled to see the girls succeed in public examinations this summer. At A Level 100% of students gained A*-C grades, with 80% of grades being A* or A. Two of the girls have chosen to continue their History studies at university. At GCSE, the Form V girls produced an equally impressive set of results. Once again, 100% of girls achieved A*-C grades, with 86% of girls getting the top A* or A grades. Many of the girls are choosing to continue their study of History into the Sixth Form.

Form I re-creating the Battle of Hastings

Religious Studies

88% of Religious Studies students received an A* or A in their A Level, with three students going on to study Philosophy or Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle, Exeter or Kings College, London. GCSE results were also fantastic this year with 79% of students gaining an A* or A. The course comprises four modules which cover religious studies, ethics and theology; on three of the four papers numbers were as high as 40% of students gaining full UMS marks. Our star student at GCSE this year was Daisy (Form LVI) who gained full UMS marks on all four papers and goes on to study the subject at A Level. The teaching of both A Level and GCSE in Religious Studies is shared out between the subject leader, Miss Sass, Head of Lower School Mrs Reeves, and the school’s Chaplain Father Tim. Students therefore benefit from a range of teaching styles and different areas of expertise.

Modern Foreign Languages

In A Level Spanish 100% of candidates achieved a grade A and in French 67% of students achieved an A* or A. Thea-Rose (Form UVI) took her French A Level a year early alongside her other AS Level examinations and achieved an A*. 67% of candidates achieved A or B grades at AS Level French and the success continued with 66% of GCSE girls achieving A* or A grades in French and Spanish.

Cultural Spanish trip to Andalucia

The pass rate for German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Russian at both A Level and GCSE was outstanding with the vast majority of candidates achieving A* or A grades. 100% of candidates achieved A*-B grades. In December Heathfield started a French exchange with Centre Daniélou, a girls’ school outside Paris. The girls came back speaking French more fluently and this certainly played a role in their examination success. In addition a cultural Spanish trip was organised to Andalucia which provided our Form IV and V girls the opportunity to practise the language and learn more about the country. In addition during activities the girls were also able to take part in the International Cine Club, where films in Spanish and French were shown, giving girls an additional opportunity to enhance their language skills.


Once again students must be congratulated on their incredible results at A Level and AS Level in Photography this year. 90% of the A Level students gained an A* with 100% gaining A*-A grades. AS Photography also celebrates 100% of students gaining A or B grades.  Each year the quality, effort and quantity of work seem to become more refined, exciting and personally challenging.

A Level Photography by Kitty Alexander

Amongst our 2013 leavers, students have applied to read Photography at university on completion of their A Level course. Victoria Savory, Charlotte Worth and Leala Brackley were offered places at various universities including Westminster, Oxford Brookes, Bath, London College of Fashion and Parsons, New York. Well done and good luck!

We are delighted to see a superb set of Art and Design A Level results this year. 100% of candidates obtained A* or A grades in Art, Textiles or Graphic Communication with over half achieving A*. The girls worked with considerable enthusiasm, commitment and determination to do so well. Over half of these students are going on to study Art and Design at very prestigious Art Schools and Universities in the United Kingdom and Europe. We also had great success stories at


The History Department prides itself on using innovative and dynamic teaching methods to inspire the girls and ensure that they reach their potential in public examinations. Beyond the classroom, a range of trips and extra-curricular activities is provided. Last year, Forms I and II enjoyed a trip to the Horrible Histories Vile Victorians Theatre Show and the UVI prepared for their coursework module by visiting Hampton Court to find out more about Henry VIII and life at the Tudor court. This year, the History Department is planning to commemorate the centenary of World War I with a cross-curricular day encompassing a range of activities and involving girls from nearby prep schools.

AS Level and GCSE with everyone achieving a grade B or higher. Particular mention must be made of Billie (Form LVI) who obtained 100% in both her coursework unit and her externally set unit in Art and Design GCSE. The Art and Design teachers must be thanked for their hard work and dedication in supporting the girls in developing their independent projects and thinking through problems to create exciting and innovative pieces.

A Level Art by Carmen Ceniga Prado

Sporting Success

Isabella Holman-West competing for the Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club

During the summer Heathfield girls and staff were busy representing their country and counties. Rose Hugh Smith (Form IV) rode as part of the GB Pony Team at the European Pony Championships in Arezzo, Italy this July and the team was awarded a bronze medal. Isabella Holman-West (Form IV) and her team from the Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club qualified for the first time in the club’s history to compete for the Price Philip Cup at this year’s Horse of The Year Show and we were delighted that they finished an impressive second nationally. Ms Reynolds, Director of Sport, was selected as a GB umpire for the Lacrosse World Cup which took place in Oshawa, Canada. During the tournament Ms Reynolds was chosen to be one of the four umpires for the final between USA and Canada.

LAMDA Achievements

Throughout academic year 2012/2013, 43 Heathfield girls took LAMDA examinations. These included qualifications in Musical Theatre, Acting and Verse and Prose. The girls achieved an impressive set of results with 33% of candidates achieving Distinction, 59% gaining a Merit and 8% accomplishing a pass. Lisa Myaksheva, Jessica Nugent and Sophia (Form UVI) all gained their LAMDA Acting, Grade 8, Gold Medal.

LAMDA Showcase, Lent Term 2013

Eco Schools

The whole school gained recognition as Heathfield School was awarded its Silver Eco Schools Award during the Making recycled paper during final week of the Summer Term 2013. Throughout the last academic year Waste Week 2013 everyone worked hard to make the school a more environmentally friendly place and the Eco Schools committee were extremely enthusiastic and keen, coming up with many adventurous ideas. The school took part in awareness campaigns including Girls Go Green Week and Waste Week. We recycled paper, batteries, cooking oil and clothes and thanks to a fundraising initiative run by the Heathfield Parents Association (HPA) we now have a camp site on the top field which is regularly used at weekends when the girls camp out in their year groups. Congratulations to everyone for helping us achieve our Silver Award. This academic year we are aiming for our Green Eco Schools Award!

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards Academic year 2012/2013 saw 30 girls completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Six girls achieved Gold, an additional six girls achieved Silver and a further 18 gained their Bronze award. All the girls involved at the various levels of the award completed the four different sections required – Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition. The Duke of Edinburgh Award has improved all of the girls’ skill sets from enhancing team work to map reading skills and being able to deal with some tough and testing weather conditions whilst on expedition.

Duke of Edinburgh expedition on Dartmoor

Leiths Emily Broughton and guest speaker Brenda Trenowden, Parents’ Day 2013

The UVI Leiths results were impressive yet again with all 27 candidates passing and achieving a Leiths certificate. Special congratulations go to Melissa Barrow who achieved an outstanding 84% in the practical examinations; Emily Broughton who achieved the highest mark in the theory paper and was named Leiths Student of the Year, and Isabella Edmonstone for the best set of menus where she achieved 91%.

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