The Maynard School,梅纳德中学，梅纳德学校 Denmark Road,
Exeter, Devon EX1 1SJ
Tel: 01392 273417 Fax: 01392 355999
• GIRLS, 7–18, Day
• Pupils 478, Upper sixth 58
• Termly fees £2034–£2544
• GSA, SHA, NAHT
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1658, it moved to its present site in 1882. A short distance from the
centre of Exeter, it occupies high ground overlooking the Cathedral. The main
building is a handsome edifice in the Victorian collegiate style. It enjoys fine
gardens and grounds, in which also stands the junior department. The school’s
facilities are good, with many new buildings and facilities in the last 25
years, including science laboratories, computer rooms and extended sixth-form
centre. The school is founded broadly on Christian principles and is open to
pupils of all faiths and none. Every opportunity is given for the development of
talents and aptitudes and for the maturing of social skills. A thorough general
education is provided and examination results are very good. Music, art and
sport are particular strengths. There are excellent facilities for sports and
games and the school has a distinguished national reputation, especially in
netball, basketball, tennis and hockey. A range of clubs and societies and
participation in community service and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 7–18; 478 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 274 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 7, 10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used up to
15; entrance to sixth form by interview, and often GCSE grade B in subjects
taken on to AS-level. No special skills or religious requirements. State school
entry, 57% main intake at 11, plus 35% to sixth form. Many senior pupils from
own Junior Department.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 6 pa sixth-form scholarships: 2 art,
2 sport (25% of fees), 1 music (50% of fees), 1 science (up to 100% fees); also
5 pa music scholarships and exhibitions, value £330–£50% fees, awarded at
various ages. Up to 10 pa Governors’ bursaries (up to 45% fees) and 2
means-tested sixth-form bursaries. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; extras
approximately £160 per term.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Dr Daphne West, appointed in 2000. Educated at Aireborough
Grammar School and Durham University. Previously Head of Modern Languages at
Sherborne Girls’ School and at Sevenoaks. Also chief examiner A-level Russian
and AS-level French; first chairman of Independent Schools Modern Languages
Association. Author of Russian textbooks.
Teaching staff: 37 full time, 21 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 40 pupils in upper fifth, all gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (67 over 5 years).
A-levels: 59 in upper sixth: 19% passed in 4+ subjects (most including
A-level general studies), 80% in 3 subjects. Average final point score achieved
by upper sixth formers 383.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers intended
to take a degree course (25% after a gap year). 25% took courses in science and
related subjects, 75% in humanities & social sciences.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 GCSE subjects, 24 AS and
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, general studies taught to all, AS and A-level optional. 10% take
science A-levels; 41% arts/humanities; 49% both. Key skills integrated except
ICT (level 3 completed in Year 11).
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Sympathetic attention and learning support given as
required (pupils must be able to pass selective entrance test).
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE and A-level; also
non-examined Russian. Regular exchanges (France, Germany and Spain). Biennial
trip to Greece or Italy.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (at least 1 lesson a week in Years
7–9) and across the curriculum, eg research and presentation of information. 60
computers for pupil use (8_ hours a day), all networked and with email and
internet access. All pupils take key skills level II and III.
Music: Over 45% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 13 musical groups including orchestras, choirs, jazz and wind
band. Chamber ensembles including string quartet and piano trio.
Drama & dance: GCSE and A-level drama may be taken. Many pupils are
involved in school productions. Regional finalists in Rotary, ESU and BPWA
Art & design: On average, 15 take GCSE, 12 A-level. Variety of media are
studied, including photography.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, indoor hockey, netball, gymnastics, tennis, swimming,
rounders, athletics, dance, basketball, badminton, volleyball, aerobics,
health-related fitness compulsory at different age levels. Optional: aerobics,
fencing, squash. A-level PE and BAGA exams may be taken. South West and national
county representatives in hockey, basketball, cross-country, athletics, netball,
swimming, tennis; school teams successful nationally in netball (U14 national
champions 2002), indoor hockey, tennis, basketball (U14 national runners up
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Community service optional for 2 years at age 16. Up to 30 clubs, eg drama,
geography, Russian, science/technology, Italian, debating, self-defence, Young
Enterprise, Ten Tors, various sporting.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses for sports activities. No prefects
but head girl team chosen by sixth form and staff in secret ballot; house sports
captains elected by house members. School Council.
Religion: Attendance at assembly compulsory (broadly Christian with input
from other religions).
Social: Annual inter-school public-speaking, modern languages, classical
reading events with local schools; sports fixtures. Exchanges with schools in
Rennes, Hildesheim, Vallodolid; biennial ski trip (Alps); classical trips
(Greece, Rome), drama trips (Greece, Spain); activities holidays. Second-hand
uniform shop. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
reprimand by teacher and early deadline for production of work; for a serious
offence on school premises the pupil involved would be sent to the Headmistress
and kept out of lessons and from all contact with other pupils until the matter
had been discussed with parents, preferably at school and with the offender
present. The school’s philosophy is to develop in each pupil a genuine feeling
of self-worth. Rules are kept to a minimum and are based on common sense and
consideration of the needs of others.
Alumni association is run by Mrs T Baker, Rowan Oak, Muchelney,
Former pupils Professor Margaret Turner-Warwick (first woman
President of Royal College of Physicians); Penelope Campbell; Rosemary Goodridge,
Heather Wakefield (hockey international); Alison Hill (tennis international);
Hayley Abdullah (British Mensa Committee); Clare Morrall (author).