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Purposeful atmosphere and a real effort by staff to sort out any problems quickly - 'Come down heavily on wrong-doers,' say parents. One mother praised way that school had helped her son overcome insensitivity from his peers. Still a bit scruffy at the edges, but boys gain confidence as they progress. Devonport Voice is the school's initiative for incorporating pupil opinion and is gaining...

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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 – www.dhsb.org – 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 www.11plusenglish.com

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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Ofsted outstanding school - This school has been named as an outstanding School in HMCI of Schools Annual Report. England only - does not include ISI inspected schools.

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State grammar 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
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
Visual Impairment

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