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, we pride ourselves on being experts in educating girls. Statistically it is a proven fact that girls in single-sex schools outperform their peers and The Maynard’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 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. 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-444 Girls

    Age Range: 4-18 Years

    Founded: 1658

    Location Description

    Our attractive site, in a conservation area, lies close to the centre of Exeter.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Miss Sarah Dunn, BSc (Hons) NPQH

    Contact for enquiries:Registrar

    Denmark Road, Exeter, Devon

    Tel: General Enquiries: 01392 273417 Admissions: 01392 355998



    The school enjoys excellent, purpose-built facilities with the newest addition being a brand new Fitness Suite and a new Performing Arts Studio. The Music Department has its own teaching classrooms as well as individual music tuition / practice rooms, Biology, Chemistry and Physics each have two large laboratories plus Sixth Form research areas while the Art Department has three large studios (one specifically for Sixth Formers), two dark rooms, 2 photographic darkrooms a sculpture room and a large kiln room. We have a modern, well-equipped rooms for Food & Nutrition and Textiles & Fashion. Other facilities include a modern sports hall, a drama studio, two state-of-the-art IT teaching rooms plus a bank of laptops which can be networked anywhere in school and a purpose-built Sixth Form Centre with a new Sixth Form Bistro.


    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. Each year we offer Academic, Sport, Art, Drama and Music Scholarships to students at Upper 3 (Year 7), Upper 4 (Year 9) and Lower 6 who display talent and show a lively interest in these subjects.

    Maynard Awards are also available to girls interested in joining Upper 3 (Year 7) or Lower 6 (Year 12). These Awards offer significant reductions on school fees for the duration of a student’s education here. For girls interested in joining the Sixth Form, we offer a limited number of free places into our Lower 6 (Year 12).

    Please visit our website for further information on our Scholarships and Awards, and to download an application form. Alternatively, you can contact our Admissions Department on or 01392 355998.

    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, with at least six level 6 GCSEs, a minimum of a Level 5 in both Maths and English GCSE at Level 7 in the subjects to be taken at A-level.


    2020/2021 (all fees include wraparound care between 8am & 5:30pm)

    Senior School & Sixth Form (Years 6 – 13): £4,767 per term.

    Junior School (Years 3-5): £3,988 per term.

    Pre-Prep (Years 1-2): £2,631 per term.

    Pre-Prep (Reception): £2,283 (including lunch).



    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    For details, please contact or telephone 01392 355998 

    The Maynard School welcomes you to view the school on its virtual page  HERE


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