The Maynard School

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The Maynard School
Denmark Road
01392 355998
7 - 19
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
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3 or more A Levels (A*-E)
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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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Last update: 11 January 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] Alternatively, click on the link below.



13+ Entrance assessment – Thursday 21 January
Junior Entrance assessment – Tuesday 26 January

The deadline for applications for these assessment days is now passed. For more information please contact our Registrar: Maddy Jones, The Maynard School, Denmark Road, Exeter, Devon EX1 1SJ. Tel: 01392 355998 or [email protected]

We understand that, for some girls, this may be their first experience of a formal assessment; we make the day as relaxed and enjoyable as possible and recommend girls spend the whole day with us, to combine an assessment morning with a Taster Session in the afternoon. Our experienced staff look for potential as well as current ability, and we therefore advise that additional coaching is not necessary.

We also offer a number of scholarships and fee assisted places so please do talk to the Registrar for further information about these.


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We are very pleased to extend a warm welcome to our new Headmistress, Miss Sarah Dunn who joined The Maynard in September. Miss Dunn comes to us with over 30 years of experience within the education and sports sector and we all look forward to working with her in continuing The Maynard’s reign as the leading independent school for girls in the whole of the South West.

'What has been very striking is how easy it has been to find The Maynard as ‘home’. It has literally been only 24 hours because people have been so warm and welcoming which has made the transition delightful,' says Miss Dunn, 'At the moment, it is all about getting to know the girls and I’ll be spending the first three or four weeks trying to absorb myself in the whole Maynard experience – from joining them at lunch, watching their matches, observing lessons and generally starting to being a part of, and knowing, my school.”

Hear more from our new Headmistress in her interview below.



This summer saw Maynard girls excelling across the board in their examinations. 

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. Read more here

  Our students achieve outstanding public examination results year-on-year and league tables consistently place us as one of the highest performing schools in the South West. However, 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 with whom we have the pleasure to work with each day!


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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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