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  • Devonport High School for Boys
    Paradise Road
    PL1 5QP
  • Head: Dan Roberts
  • T 01752 208787
  • F 01752 208788
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  • A mainstream state school for boys aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 1150
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Early July and mid September.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 2nd March 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 20th September 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Built on traditional foundations, this boys’ city grammar school has a great reputation for science and engineering. With his own passion for science, and expertise in IT, the new head has already started building on this. There are now so...

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What the school says...

A message from the Headteacher

Devonport High School for Boys is proud of its reputation for academic excellence and for developing the skills our students need to be happy, successful 21st century citizens. Since 1896, boys have entered DHSB on individual merit; our reputation has been earned by their endeavour and the professionalism of our staff.

We attract and appoint high calibre professionals to lead and support student learning. Their dedication was recognised once again last year when we were designated as a High Performing Specialist School, enabling us to achieve our third specialism in 2009 Applied Learning. Alongside our existing Specialisms of Engineering and Languages we are also a Gifted and Talented Lead School all of which combine to ensure a well-resourced, vibrant learning environment.

The school is supported by a strong Governing body which brings a wealth of expertise and experience in guiding the school towards its vision:

1: Helping families raise their sons
2: Developing people developing leaders
3: Disciplined Innovation
4: 21st Century Personalised Learning
5: Creating opportunities (to experience success)

Ofsted acknowledged the governance of the school as being Outstanding in the 2007 inspection.

Another Outstanding aspect of our provision is our commitment to personal development and well-being, our students have: a very clear sense of right and wrong and are eager to contribute to the life of the school and wider community. They are keen to take responsibility and participate enthusiastically in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. (Ofsted 2007). Under the guidance of a dedicated team of tutors, led by an experienced student support team, our boys know where to go when they need help. Our developing House system will create even more opportunities for the boys to compete and to have their achievements celebrated. A highlight of my week is the Friday lunchtime Merit signing and Achievement recording session in my office!

Although methods, systems and personalities may change, the fundamental commitment to maximizing students potential remains the same. As headteacher, it is my responsibility to ensure that everyone who works within our community has a challenging, fulfilling time with us and that they enjoy the journey. I take this responsibility very seriously and always welcome opportunities to discuss the work of the school.

Please do take the opportunity to visit our website to gain a broader view of our unique offer and a visual representation of our site and facilities.

Best wishes,
Kieran Earley

Entrance examination consists of: 11: Maths, English & VR For help with revision visit

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Converted to an academy 2011.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking English Literature at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking English Language & Lit at an English Grammar School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Media / Film / TV Studies at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Business Studies: Single at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Built on traditional foundations, this boys’ city grammar school has a great reputation for science and engineering. With his own passion for science, and expertise in IT, the new head has already started building on this. There are now so many more opportunities for the boys; by the time they leave they are not just academically wise, but worldly too.


Since September 2015, Dan Roberts, 30s. Originally from Manchester, Dan studied a degree in marine biology at Plymouth University before completing his PGCE at University of St Mark and St John. His first teaching jobs, as science teacher, were at Tamarside Community College, now Marine Academy Plymouth, and later at school, as head of science. For a complete change of scene he then jetted off to the Seychelles to be head of an international school...

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Special Education Needs

The school now employs a number of support staff, led by the Mrs Bowden, Deputy Head (Pastoral) and the Individual Needs Coordinator, Mrs Weaver. Together they provide support in and outside the classroom so that all boys who pass the 11+ test can expect to have their particular needs catered for. For example, the school has successfully supported pupils with physical, sight and hearing disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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