The Maynard School

The Maynard School in Exeter is the South West’s leading independent school for girls aged 4 -18 years (Reception – Year 13).

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    The Maynard School

    As the oldest girls’ school in the country, The Maynard School prides itself on being experts in educating girls. Statistically it is a proven fact that girls in single-sex schools outperform their peers and the school’s long history is testament to this success. League tables consistently place us as one of the highest performing schools in the South West and our latest ISI Inspection deemed us as “excellent” in all five main categories.

    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  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. The Maynard is a warm place where everyone is nurtured individually and encouraged to carve for themselves successful futures whilst creating everlasting friendships and enduring childhood memories!

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Girls

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 0 Boys / 470 Girls

    Age Range: 4-18 Years

    Founded: 1658

    Location Description

    The Maynard is situated a five-minute walk from the centre of the beautiful Cathedral city of Exeter – a wonderful location to live, work and study!

    We’re fortunate to be in such a stunning location. The beautiful beaches of the South West are only 20 minutes away where surfing, sailing and watersports can be enjoyed. The open spaces of Dartmoor and Exmoor, as well as the cultural experiences associated with a university city, can all be enjoyed by Maynard girls, together with the school’s spacious grounds which provide a tranquil and safe environment in which to study.

    Transport connections are excellent – Exeter is close to the M5, just over 2 hours by train to London and only 15 minutes away from Exeter International Airport.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mrs Liz Gregory

    Contact for enquiries:School Registrar

    Denmark Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1SJ

    Tel: General Enquiries: 01392 273417 Admissions: 01392 355998



    By our very location in the heart of Exeter, we are fortunate to have access to some of the best facilities in the South West.

    In addition to our own impressive Sports Hall, Performing Arts Centre, Drama Studio, an array of music rooms, art studios including a kiln and printing press, a bespoke Health & Fitness suite and thenetball/hockey/tennis courts, we also have extensive use of state-of-the-art hockey pitches, a choice of swimming pools, the Exeter Arena (the athletics training ground of Olympic runner, Jo Pavey) as well as access to superb watersports facilities on Exeter Quay and numerous performing arts venues scattered across the city.

    The joy of being able to hire these facilities, and all only a stone’s throw away, is that they are of the most professional standard possible and provide huge variety for our students to sample different sports and activities in the hope that they find something they love.


    Fees assistance at The Maynard School takes two forms: Means-tested Bursaries, based on parental income, and Awards or Scholarships which are awarded to girls who are academically exceptional, have particular talents in Music, Sport, Art or Performing Arts, or are all-rounders who contribute significantly to school life.

    Find out more   HERE.

    Entrance Requirements

    To ensure that our school will suit your daughter, our application process from Year 3 upwards involves a written assessment. We understand that, for some girls, this may be their first experience of a formal assessment so we make the session as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Our experienced staff look for potential as well as current ability, and we advise that any extra coaching for the assessments is not necessary. Entrance Assessments can be arranged all year round although we do have set dates every January in the year of entry.

    Sixth Form admission is by interview, current school report and reference. Students will need at least  six grade 7 GCSEs, a minimum of a grade 7 in both Maths and English GCSE and a grade 7 or 8 in the subjects to be taken at A-level.


    2023/2024 (all fees are per term and include wraparound care between 8am & 5:30pm)

    ***International Senior School & Sixth Form (Years 6 – 13): £5,889

    Senior School & Sixth Form (Years 6 – 13): £5,514

    Junior School (Years 3-5): £4,614

    Pre-Prep (Years 1-2): £3,043

    Pre-Prep (Reception): £2,642 (including lunch)

    ***Students who have moved to the UK with parents/guardians. This does not include our homestay international students: for these fees please see Sixth Form International Students.

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    To Register your interest or for further details on any event, please contact or 01392 355998 

    Full details of our upcoming events can be found  HERE


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