The Maynard School

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The Maynard School
Denmark Road
01392 355998
7 - 19
Girls only
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
GCSE grade C or better in
English and maths
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects

Secondary Data 2016
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Pupils achieving AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
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School Description

Set in a leafy area of central Exeter in Devon, The Maynard is a school where happy girls carve for themselves successful futures, create everlasting friendships and enduring childhood memories. As the second oldest girls’ school in the country, we are experts in educating girls and, free from the social distractions and pressures of other establishments, we find our students learn better!

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News & events from The Maynard School

Last update: 29 June 2017


Choosing a school for your daughter can be a difficult decision. The best way really to discover The Maynard School is to come and visit. We encourage parents to visit the school in the first instance to discover more about The Maynard School with a tour and a chance to meet the Headmistress or Head of the Junior School. You are welcome to visit at any point during term time.

We offer a range of Open Events and Taster Days across the year. However, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to contact us and arrange a visit at any point during the term.

Call our Admissions Team on 01392 355998 or email [email protected] or click on the link below.




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We are extremely proud to have been ranked as the leading independent school in Devon in key areas in The Department for Education (DfE) Schools Performance Tables 2017 for A-level and GCSE results from 2016. The Telegraph's GCSE School League Tables also placed us as the best in the South West and 16th nationally.

Highlights for The Maynard include:

- Top school in Devon for the GCSE English Baccalaureate with a score of 93%. (This is a performance measure that scores schools according to how well pupils have performed in up to eight core GCSE subjects including Maths, English, the sciences, a language and History or Geography.)*

- Top independent school in Devon across the GCSE Performance Tables board*

- Top independent school in the county at A-level for the highest percentage of students to achieve AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects. (These include all those most commonly required for entry into leading universities including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Maths, Geography, History, English Literature and Classical or Modern Languages.)*

- Best in the South West and 16th nationally for GCSE results**

* The Department for Education’s School & College Performance Tables 2017** The Telegraph’s GCSE School League Tables 2016

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The Maynard School’s Under 14 Netball team is now officially ranked as one of the top netball teams in the country, following a fantastic performance at the Regional finals of the National Schools Competition on Saturday 21 January. In an action packed tournament, they beat some major competition to book their spot at the national finals to be held in Welwyn Garden City in March.

Representing Devon as the County Champions, the team won against rival netball heavyweights including Millfield, Cheltenham Ladies College, Royal High School (Bath) and Talbot Heath to finish top of their pool and meet Truro School in the semi-finals of this gruelling all-day tournament.

“This was the most tense of all their games and not fun to watch,” said Director of Sport, Catharine Gabbitass. “All bar three of our team had been off school with a nasty virus in the days leading up to the Regionals and, at one point, I wasn’t sure if we would have a team to play at all. But they weren’t going to pass up the opportunity lightly and it was a blessed relief when they all appeared at the bus for a 6.30am start on the morning. However, by the semi-finals many were beginning to wane, energy levels were sapped and some players, including our captain, were really beginning to show the strain. Despite a slow start, they got into their rythmn and pegged back an early disadvantage to score comfortably in the end.

“The top two teams automatically win a place at the finals and, safe in the knowledge we had achieved this, I took a strategic decision to rest some of our more poorly members. So we played the whole squad, changed a few positions in the process and went with the attitude that what happened in the final was of no particular consequence. As a result, we lost against a very strong Canford side but it didn’t matter as we had done what we set out to do and that was go through to the national finals!”

This incredible performance puts The Maynard team as one of the top two teams throughout the South West, including the whole of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire.

“It’s a fantastic result to qualify but I’m not surprised,” added Mrs Gabbitass. “I’ve always considered them the South West’s dream team and they have a very bright future ahead of them. But what pleased me most was their attitude and one referee even alluded to their great sportsmanship on our Facebook page saying, “They were a pleasure to umpire too, all very responsive and clean players.” Now that makes me proud!”


Exam Results 2016

GCSE 2016:
91% A*, A & B grades

At GCSE, an extraordinary 66% achieved A* and A grades whilst 91% gained either A*, A and B grades. This is in contrast to the national average where just 66.9% managed a pass and just goes to endorse the Maynard's position as one of the top performing schools in the country. Read more here

A Level 2016:
A2 pass rate 100%
74% A* & A grades

Record A Level results saw The Maynard School rated 29th in the country. Over half of all students gained all A* and A grades, and all students gained a place at their first choice of university, with 86% going on to study at Russell Group Universities including Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Durham, UCL, Liverpool and Leeds.

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A Maynard education isn’t just about academic achievement. It is about so much more. We boast numerous individual and team champions in the sporting arena with access to some of the best facilities available. 

We celebrate our femininity and are proud to offer Food & Nutrition and Textiles & Fashion classes as a life-skill. We are one of the highest achieving schools for music and drama in the county. We relish our timetable packed with trips and workshops to be enjoyed by the whole school. But we take our greatest pride from the happy, ambitious and successful students. 


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Meet the Head: Miss Sarah Dunn


Sarah Dunn joined The Maynard School as Headmistress in September 2016. Formerly Deputy Head and Director of Sport at Plymouth College, Sarah Dunn has enjoyed a successful and distinguished career since her undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter and her Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Oxford. She started out as a Biology teacher at Torquay Boys’ Grammar where she worked her way up the ranks to become the Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Careers and a member of the senior academic leadership team.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

Both of my parents are teachers. In fact, my father was my Headmaster at an International School in the Bahamas and he was a true inspiration but I never thought that teaching would be my calling as well. I actually wanted to be a vet as I am utterly besotted with animals but I just missed my A grade in Chemistry so, on a whim, I decided to take a degree in Biological Science instead. My Biology teacher was definitely another inspirational figure and his eccentricity and passion made the subject come alive. I remember vividly him teaching us how to keep bees and Xenopus toads! I cannot thank him enough as once I started teaching, I loved my career and have never looked back.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

It’s early days yet but I am proud of the launch of the new 'Maynard Awards’ scheme which will make the very special Maynard education accessible to many more girls in the area. I’m also really pleased with the bespoke bus routes we now offer to alleviate the stress of the school run for parents who live further away. There’s plenty more in the pipeline but most importantly I am proud to lead a school that is so full of vibrancy and positivity with a very unique family feel.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A caring, respectful and supportive atmosphere is key to a successful school, not just for the girls but for the staff and parents as well. Equally, passionate, inspirational and exciting teachers give students a real love of learning that will last a lifetime. No TV programme, DVD or clever software can ever fire up a student in the same way as an excellent teacher. Looking back on my first encounter with The Maynard, what struck me most was the happiness and confidence in the girls. Their beaming smiles, upbeat and positive chatter about their school and boundless enthusiasm was a joy to behold, and still is!

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

To be fearless and adopt a ‘can do’ attitude to life. Having the confidence to boldly take on every new challenge in this volatile and unpredictable 21st century world is the road to achievement and, ultimately, fulfillment in life. It won't be easy and that is why you hear so much about grit and resilience in education today.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Where do I start as there are so many words I could use! Whittled down to just five, I would say: happiness, integrity, kindness, ambition and of course, hard work. If these core values are embedded, a school as a community will thrive because there will be a deep trust, which in turn encourages innovation and initiative. Everyone must be given the right springboard to reach their full potential; staff and students alike. That is the ethos I shall strive to maintain at The Maynard School.

Catchment information

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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