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  • Plymstock School
    Church Road
    Plymstock
    Plymouth
    PL9 9AZ
  • Head: Robert Diment
  • T 01752 402679
  • F 01752 484018
  • E [email protected]
  • W plymstockschool.org.uk/
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 1,649; sixth formers: 194: 81Males/113 females
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: 20 September 2021
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 7th November 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 23rd April 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

On our visit, we followed the yellow brick road to the library and saw pupils curled up on beanbags nose in book, or sitting at tables with older pupils (literacy readers) to read together. The library is central to life at Plymstock. ‘One of the major reasons we chose Plymstock over other local schools was due to the superb range of sports facilities available to pupils,’ a parent told us. We particularly liked hearing that local primary schools also get to join in - year 13 students recently put on a successful (and to be repeated) sports event...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2021, Robert Diment.

Entrance

Five feeder primaries but other pupils also accepted; usual criteria with distance as a tie-break. Now increased to 300 year 7 places to accommodate families from the housing development next door. There is space on the campus but no doubt some green will disappear.

Lots of open days. Plymstock works closely with the five feeder schools with plenty of transition opportunities. Parents told us, ‘It gave the boys the chance to meet the teachers and other pupils that were thinking of joining the school.’ Another said, ‘They were also lucky to have students from Plymstock come to their school to help out.’ More transition events in the summer term and then an overnight camping trip in the first few weeks of year 7. Team activities with their...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Plymstock School has a busy learning support department, which works alongside teaching staff to ensure that every student is able to discover their strengths and access the rich curriculum on offer. Support is available for a range of additional needs, with a strong focus on quality first teaching and treating young people as individuals. We believe in working closely with students, parents and other professionals to ensure that all of our students make excellent progress and mature into well-rounded young people.”

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

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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most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year


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