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The Maynard School







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
Website: www.maynard.co.uk
• GIRLS, 7–18, Day
• Pupils 478, Upper sixth 58
• Termly fees £2034–£2544
• 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.

School profile

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 age 40.

Exam results

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.

GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 GCSE subjects, 24 AS and A-level.
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.

The arts

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 public-speaking competitions.
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 2002).
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.

School life

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.

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, Langport, Somerset
TA10 0DN.

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).