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  • Devonport High School for Girls
    Lyndhurst Road
    PL2 3DL
  • Head: Mrs Anita Hemsi
  • T 01752 705024
  • F 01752 791873
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 822; sixth formers: 230
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: September and July for Year 7. November for the sixth form.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 23rd October 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 15th October 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Attracts girls from some 50 feeder schools in Plymouth, west Devon and south-east Cornwall. 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. Students have the opportunity to take part in Enterprise Days where local business people visit school to set challenges and judge outcomes. Students gain experience of designing business models, managing budgets and meeting strict deadlines. Good level of care and support; discipline is a…

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What the school says...

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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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2009, Mrs Anita Hemsi BSc MA (Ed) PGCE NPQH.

Academic matters

High standards – 67 per cent A*-A/9-7 at GCSE in 2017 and 30 per cent A*/A at A level (67 per cent A*-B). 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 of Biology British Olympiad exam. French, Latin, Spanish, Mandarin and German available at GCSE and French, German and Spanish offered at A level. Budding engineers invented collapsible mobile platform to lift equipment on and off ships, which has been adopted by the Royal Navy. Weaker achievers or students with SEN receive ample support.

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Special Education Needs

The Student Support Team is heavily involved with students across all year groups providing bespoke support to meet students' needs. This specialist support includes SEN support, academic and pastoral mentoring, literacy support, counselling, behaviour and attendance support and links to outside agencies. The school has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who monitors the progress of girls identified as having special needs. There is currently one learning support assistant attached to individual pupils. Gifted and talented pupils are also judged to have special needs which are met by a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities and support. Children may have: Dyslexia Physical needs ADHD Hearing impairment Literacy difficulties Broken education Numeracy difficulties Visual impairment English as an additional language Autism spectrum conditions Medical needs Dyspraxia Mental health issues Transgender transition support Severe medical conditions Mental health issues which affect daily life Eating disorders At DHSG the learning support team currently offer: SEN drop-in Homework support – drop-in Social skills groups Anger management group Anxiety management group Confidence and self-esteem groups Young carers support group and guidance Exam technique advice Counselling service Careers advice Literacy support Support for those with eating disorders Extensive confidence and self-esteem courses 1:1 support for various issues Transition and extended transition to higher education

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
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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