About The Senior School

Girls can enter the Maynard Senior School at any age from 11 to 16.

We are proud to be the leading independent girls’ school in the South West, boasting excellent academic records combined with exceptional achievements outside the classroom.

Recent academic data analysis supports what we already know: that girls in single sex schools achieve higher grades than in any other educational sector. This proven success is attributed to the fact that an all-girls environment allows them to escape any gender stereotyping. Here at The Maynard girls are more likely to take male-dominated subjects such as Maths and Science, bucking the national trend elsewhere. It’s not unseemly for a Maynard girl to imagine herself as a chemist, engineer or even the Prime Minister. This is because they are confident and supported in their abilities without having to conform to stereotypical expectations.

With over 355 years’ experience of teaching girls, the Maynard School is a proven formula producing excellent results from well-rounded, confident and happy students.

An excellent, broad and balanced curriculum supports fully the pupils’ very positive attitudes to their learning.

From Years 7 – 9 (Upper 3 – Lower 4) all girls follow a three-year foundation course to provide breadth and balance whilst enabling each girl to develop her particular interests and talents. The curriculum is regularly reviewed to keep abreast of developments in national examinations, higher education and new technology.

In Years 10 and 11 (Lower 5 and Upper 5) students begin to specialise. All girls follow a programme of study designed to challenge and develop them as individuals. They will study for 9 qualifications: 5 core GCSE subjects and 4 options. At The Maynard we offer a broad range of subjects with a wide choice of combinations, in a friendly, supportive environment.

Life beyond the classroom through extra-curricular and community activities is an important part of school life for Maynard girls; all are encouraged to take part in a wide range of opportunities alongside their studies. We offer in excess of 60 clubs each term, from Sport, Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh to Drama, Music, Rocket and STEM.