The Maynard School
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
4 - 18
Girls only
Other independent school

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths

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The Maynard School
Denmark Road
01392 355998

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!

News, Photos and Open Days from The Maynard School
Last update: 10 September 2022


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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Our exciting Pre-Prep and Junior School Discovery Morning is open to any girl aged between 3 – 11 years old so bring a friend or relative and enjoy this fabulous opportunity to foster an interest in a whole host of activities on offer.



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We welcome anyone interested in our stellar offering at this crucial time of their careers. Quite apart from being a centre of excellence, the Maynard Sixth Form is a place of friendship and laughter, of adventure and countless happy memories.

Our Maynard Awards are available to talented students, offering significant fee discounts, including free places into the Sixth Form. These are in addition to the range of other scholarships and fees assistance already available.



We also hold group Taster Days for prospective Pre-Prep, Junior School, Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth pupils every autumn. 

Contact us via the link below for more information. 

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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.

The Maynard School Catchment Area Map

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.