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  • Devonport High School for Girls
    Lyndhurst Road
    PL2 3DL
  • Head: Mrs Anita Hemsi
  • T 01752 705024
  • F 01752 791873
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 853; sixth formers: 229
  • 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
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th November 2019
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 22nd October 2013
  • 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 with a tradition of high academic performance and is one of the highest performing schools in the South West of England. DHSG was nominated the top peforming state school in Devon by the Real Schools Guide in 2018.

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 been the hub school for the Peninsula Group Confucius Classroom since 2009. For the past 12 years the school has organised visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, for Sixth Form students from a number of local schools, where the students have participated in a European Youth Parliament on Euroscola Day.

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 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.


Plymouth exam: multiple choice and written English. Pupils admitted in the order of their exam score until the maximum intake of 120 is reached. Sixth form entry is open on interview to students who have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades 9-4, with grade 6 in subjects they wish to pursue at A level - 46 average point score.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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