Joining the Senior School

At The Maynard we understand what a daunting task choosing the right school for your daughter can be and we try to make our admissions process as easy as possible.

Depending on place availability, girls are welcome to join us at any stage of their academic career and at any time during the school year. We also offer a number of Scholarships and Fees Assisted Places for entry into the Senior School.

Visit Us and Register Your Daughter

In the first instance, we would recommend that you visit us and see for yourself what an unrivalled learning experience life at The Maynard truly is! To arrange a visit, please complete the Enquiry Form.

We offer Taster Days and individual ‘Meet & Greet’ appointments and, if you think your child would enjoy The Maynard, you can formally apply for a place by returning the completed Registration Form which can be downloaded here. Following registration, we will request references and/or the most recent report from your daughter’s current school.

Senior School Assessments

Our 11+ and 13+ School group Entrance Assessment Day takes place every January. If you are unable to attend this group event, you can sit an individual entrance assessment at any time throughout the year.

To ensure that our school will suit your daughter, our application process from Year 7 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 Assessment to Year 7 (Upper 3) consists of three papers – Reasoning, English and Mathematics.

Candidates for Years 8, 9 and 10 (Lower 4, Upper 4 and Lower 5) sit an additional Science paper.

Reasoning – A standardised set of short problems, assessing logical powers and the ability to understand quickly.

English – This consists of two parts:

  • Comprehension – candidates are given a passage to read and asked to answer questions on it as fully as possible in their own words.
  • Composition – candidates are asked to write a short composition on a topic suited to their age. The compositions are graded according to content and expression (vocabulary, grammar etc).

Mathematics – Mathematics papers are structured so that every candidate has the opportunity to show what she can do at a level appropriate to her age. Some questions assess the ability to apply basic techniques correctly (e.g. calculating with decimals or fractions) whereas others require the ability to demonstrate mathematical thinking in solving simple problems. Credit will be given for method as well as accuracy so it is essential that all working is shown as part of the answer.


Offers of a place are made in writing as soon as possible after the Entrance Assessment has been taken. We then ask parents to sign the accompanying Acceptance Form, having read the Terms & Conditions booklet, and pay an acceptance fee which secures a place for your daughter.

Please do contact us at any time to discuss your enquiry, register your daughter or simply to have a chat and find out more about The Maynard School. Our Admissions Team can be contacted on 01392 355998 or via [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!