School Sports & Teams
Sport is an essential aspect of St Leonards-Mayfield school life and all pupils benefit from the wide range of opportunities and the facilities available to them. These facilities comprise an all-weather hockey pitch, six tennis and netball courts, a twenty-five metre indoor swimming pool, a fitness studio, dance studio and a gym. The principal sports for girls tend to focus on: netball, hockey, tennis, dance, swimming, rounders and athletics. However, there are options for: badminton, basketball, cross country, running, fencing, golf, martial arts, riding, sailing, soccer, table tennis, and volleyball.
During the Autumn Term there are trials for teams in the following sports: Hockey-Netball-Swimming. These teams will train before and/or after school on specific days and compete against teams in other schools throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. The school runs up to three teams for each year group in each sport, i.e. A, B & C teams. There is a change to the activities in the Summer Term to: Rounders-Athletics-Tennis. Our tennis programme begins training in the Autumn Term but participants do not enter competitions until the Summer Term. The programme includes an optional trip for to the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida during the Easter break.
The school teams are National School Champions and have been for the last few years. Facilities include stables, sand school, cross country course and indoor sand school. Girls with their own ponies/horses are given lessons by the school’s Director of Riding. These take place outside curriculum time. Livery for horses is available for girls who are boarding.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a programme of practical, cultural and challenging activities designed for the all-round development of each individual. The Award Scheme presents a balanced non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourages responsibility, self-reliance, personal learning, determination and stamina. Girls achieve bronze, silver and gold level awards.
Choral Choirs - Junior, Chapel & Schola.
Music & Singing tuition (tuition in 19 instruments is offered at an additional cost plus aural and theory).
Music Groups - Baroque Group, Chamber Orchestra, Flute Choir, Flute Trio, String Quartet, Wind Ensemble.
Speech and Drama
Girls work towards LAMDA examinations in Acting, Verse and Prose individual or shared lessons, covering acting, improvisation, script work, stagecraft and vocal techniques. Girls who take speech and drama lessons have the ability to communicate effectively and clearly and the opportunities to widen confidence.
All girls are encouraged to be involved in Inter House Drama competitions or involved in school plays, drama evenings or other productions.
Extra curricular Activities
Many voluntary extra activities are available at an additional cost. Beyond the school lesson timetable girls can opt into any of the following extracurricular activities: Aqua Fit workout, Badminton Club, Ballet, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Cookery Clubs - Junior & Sixth Form, Dance Club, Debating Society, Drama Clubs, Fencing, Fitness Room workouts, Football Club, Life Guard courses, Karate, Kickboxing, Knitting Club, Photography Club, Riding at a local riding school, Salsa, Scuba Diving, Self Defence, Speech & Drama, Swimming (leisure), Synchronized Swimming, Tennis Coaching and Textile & Design.
The activities listed above are correct for September 2007 and are subject to changes. Some of the above activities, where specialist teachers are brought in, incur costs additional to the school fees.