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The school is very involved with the Devon Wildlife Trust and there’s been training days on glow worms, making bird boxes, and building bug and butterfly hotels. There’s an allotment in the play area and the girls grow their own vegetables to cook in the food and nutrition classes. This really is a country school at heart. The music class we saw was relaxed and the teacher was encouraging each girl to ‘have a twirl’. Instilling confidence is high on the list of priorities here. One classroom door boldly declares: ‘We are warriors not worriers’...

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What the school says...

'The best thing about the Maynard is everyone makes you feel special', so said one of our youngest juniors on returning home after her first day at the Maynard. The special atmosphere of purposeful endeavour in a caring and nurturing environment is not just reserved for day one. There is a busy, lively feel every day in the Junior School, where teachers take care to design lessons which stimulate curiosity and encourage a love of learning which stays with each child throughout the juniors, into the senior school and beyond.

The Junior Department is housed in its own building within the main school campus. Juniors have ready access to all of the senior school facilities for specialist learning. Each girl receives plenty of individual attention and is encouraged to develop her own skills, talents and interests. The girls would be delighted to show you what makes the Junior Department such a special place; you are very welcome to visit us.

Mr Steven Smerdon
Head of Junior Department
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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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 enthusiastic. Teaches RE and drama and is child protection officer for the whole school. In his 40s, he enjoys the great outdoors and is a keen cyclist. Maynard Junior is above average academically, but he says, ‘the most important thing we teach is how to get on with people.’ Parents say, ‘Mr Smerdon clearly loves his job and the girls love him’.

Head of the new pre-prep: Mrs Emma Cook, previously at Beaudesert Park School, where she was a year 2 teacher, head of years 1 and 2 and acting head of the pre-prep.


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Special Education Needs

The Maynard School aims to provide appropriate support for learning difficulties or disabilities to girls who meet the academic entrance criteria. Interested parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the Special Education Needs Coordinator. The needs of the potential pupil can be discussed and a taster day and assessment can be tailored to fit individual circumstances. 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
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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