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Currently preferred choice for parents wanting single-sex selective education for girls. Students seem well prepared not just for academic success but also for life after school. Attracts girls from some 50 feeder schools in Plymouth, west Devon and south-east Cornwall....

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Devonport High School for Girls is a single-sex selective grammar school in the heart of Plymouth DHSG founded in 1908. It is a Specialist Languages College and Leading Edge School with a tradition of high academic performance and is one of the highest performing schools in the South West of England. As a well-established British Council International School Award member it is passionate about global citizenship and international collaboration and has links and projects with schools from around the world.

DHSG has warm and friendly atmosphere creating an environment where all achievements are valued and students leave us as confident, adaptable and independent young women. We are experts in educating girls providing a style of teaching that stimulate and inspires girls to learn and feel comfortable. The school takes its pastoral responsibilities very seriously recognising that happiness is as important as academic achievement.

The school works in collaboration with four other neighbouring schools within a consortium to provide choice beyond the traditional qualifications already offered in the Sixth Form.

Applications for entry in year 7-11 are made through Plymouth Local Authority

Sixth Form applications are made directly to the school post 16 details to be found on the school website.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Currently preferred choice for parents wanting single-sex selective education for girls. Students seem well prepared not just for academic success but also for life after school. Attracts girls from some 50 feeder schools in Plymouth, west Devon and south-east Cornwall. Many professional parents from doctors and nurses to lawyers and scientists. Pupils admitted in the order of...

Head Teacher

Since March 2009, Mrs Anita Hemsi BSc MA (Ed) PGCE NPQH, previously acting head.

Academic Matters

High standards – 56 per cent A*/A at GCSE in 2015 and 41 per cent at A level. Choice of 20 A level subjects, further options including politics, psychology, sports studies and media studies – part of a consortium, the Link Partnership, which allows more timetable flexibility. English, the sciences and maths are particularly popular A level choices and students often sit additional Institute...

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Special Education Needs

The school has a Special Educational Needs coordinator who monitors the progress of girls identified as having Special Needs. There are currently two learning support assistants attached to individual pupils. Able gifted and talented pupils are also judged to have Special needs which are met by a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities and support.

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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