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Friendly and unpretentious. Not the best facilities but good for a small city school. They provide a caring environment that promotes hard work - ‘There is a very clear focus on ensuring that everybody achieves to their maximum, but not...

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The Maynard is the third oldest girls school in the country. We are a dynamic, supportive community, committed to maintaining the highest standards of education and providing exciting learning opportunities that inspire and challenge all our students. We offer a world class curriculum which reflects internationalism, celebrates diversity and embraces new technologies. We are forward-looking whilst cherishing the traditions of our rich history. Girls and boys learn differently and we are experts in educating girls; our long history is testament to our ability to bring out the best in each and every one of them.

The girls thrive in the schools purposeful atmosphere where success comes through a sense of motivation and a determination to do well. Dedicated, talented teachers support and encourage each individual girl to exceed her expectations, in whatever context from concert platform or playing field to the classroom.

At the heart of our community is a caring, friendly environment to support girls personal and social development. Enjoyment of school is paramount as happy students achieve great things, both in and out of the classroom. Each individual is supported in whatever she wants to do, and in turn Maynard girls support each other and develop great friendships which last a lifetime. Students are encouraged to play a positive role in the local community, developing mutual respect, adaptability and self-motivation; qualities which prepare them for the challenging, fast-changing world ahead.

Life at The Maynard is brimming with possibilities!
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Computer Appreciation at an English Independent School (OCR National First Award at Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Home Economics: Food at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Friendly and unpretentious. Not the best facilities but good for a small city school. They provide a caring environment that promotes hard work - ‘There is a very clear focus on ensuring that everybody achieves to their maximum, but not in a po-faced way,’ say parents.


Since September 2016, Sarah Dunn, previously deputy head of Plymouth College. Studied at Exeter and Oxford (PGCE); started as a biology teacher at Torquay Boys' Grammar, working her way up to become deputy head of sixth form and head of careers. Joined Plymouth College in 1995 as deputy head and introduced girls throughout the school.

Head of junior school since 2006, Mr Steven Smerdon, originally from Bath, educated at Exeter University. His career has taken him to Edinburgh, Australia and back to Exeter again. Friendly, welcoming and...

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Special Education Needs

The Maynard School aims to provide appropriate support and adjustments for specific learning difficulties or disabilities to girls who meet the academic entrance criteria. Interested parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the Learning Support and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. The needs of the potential pupil can be discussed and a taster day and assessment can be tailored to fit individual circumstances. All pupils are now screened, using LUCID software, for underlying processing difficulties and memory skills which may affect their academic progress. If difficulties are detected at entrance, in the classroom or through the screening programme, parents will be informed and the type of support possible in school explored. The SENCo role includes providing colleagues with practical information on ways to make adjustments for pupils' specific difficulties and support all pupils' learning. Lively study skills sessions led by the SENCo are part of the tutorial programme. Study skills teaching aims to raise awareness of study habits, time management and learning styles, with a view to encouraging mixed approaches to learning: visual, listening and speaking, and kinaesthetic. Pupils are taught strategies which maximise memory strengths from their screening. Individual or small group help may be offered where pupils experience difficulty with the curriculum. Whenever possible, this help is arranged for a time which avoids lessons being missed. Assessment for examinations Access Arrangements can be arranged in or through the school. The Maynard School recognises that each of its pupils may have a special gift and/or talent which should be nurtured by the school environment. The school seeks to enable its pupils to enjoy the benefits of one another’s “gifts and talents”, which may relate to exceptional academic learning ability, exceptional talent in a specific curricular or extra-curricular area, or exceptional attributes which benefit the whole school community e.g. leadership, creative imagination or social maturity. It is not part of the Maynard ethos to create divisions by unnecessary labelling, and the Maynard teaching departments recognise that careful differentiation and subtle stretching in methods of teaching are effective means of challenging the exceptionally able. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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