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Devonport High School for Girls
Lyndhurst Road, Peverell, PL2 3DL, UK Plymouth
+44 (0)1752 705024

Devonport High School for Girls is a four form entry, non-denominational, selective school founded in 1911. It moved to its present site overlooking Central Park in 1937. There are about 840 girls on roll, 230 of whom are in the Sixth Form. The school is maintained by Plymouth City Council Department for Lifelong Learning and attracts girls from the city of Plymouth as well as West Devon and South East Cornwall.


We aim to encourage our pupils to achieve their potential in every aspect of life and to develop the whole person.

  • To ensure a relevant and fulfilling academic and creative experience for each pupil and to encourage all to aim for the highest standards.
  • To provide a caring community that acknowledges the needs of each individual within our community.
  • To promote physical, emotional and spiritual health and the capacity for enjoyment.
  • To provide experiences and opportunities to develop self-awareness, independence and flexibility.
  • To encourage and foster awareness of human achievements and aspirations.
  • To ensure that pupils are aware of aesthetic and moral values and to encourage understanding of other races, religions and customs.
  • To promote community and social awareness and concern for the environment.
  • To prepare pupils to take their place as adults in a challenging world.


Girls entering the school aged eleven are placed in one of four equal ability forms. This is organised with the help of information from their primary schools. The school operates a ten day timetable, with each day consisting of four seventy minute periods. Key Stage 3: In Years 7 to 9, all students follow courses in: Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education, Design and Technology. The Tutor Programme covers most of the requirements for Citizenship, Personal, Social, Health and Sex and Relationships Education. In Year 8 girls can chose an additional language from a choice of German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Key Stage 4: Almost all of our students study ten full GCSEs. The core curriculum consists of English, Mathematics, Science, French, Technology and Religious Education. All students study both English Language and Literature; either History or Geography; about a third study separate sciences. In addition, students choose two optional subjects (one if taking separate sciences) from History/Geography, German/Italian/Latin/Spanish, Art, Music and Religious Studies. Students are encouraged to ensure that their combination of core and option subjects provides a broad and balanced education. Whilst every effort is made to enable students to take the course of their choice, this is not always possible if the subject is oversubscribed or the choice is unrealistic. In addition to the GCSE subjects, all girls follow a Physical Education course while Careers Education and Guidance, Citizenship, Personal, Social, Health and Sex Education are part of a vigorous Tutor Programme which includes a number of days off the normal timetable to explore these issues. Year 11 starts with a week of work experience for all girls. Part way through Year 11, students are advised on the subjects offered at A Level. They attend an information evening with their parents in order that informed decisions can be made in consultation with teaching staff. Extensive support is available to ensure that choices are made which are realistic and appropriate for likely career pathways. The Sixth Form: The school has an outstandingly successful and expanding Sixth Form, offering excellent academic opportunities. We are part of The Link Partnership which includes four other schools Devonport High School for Boys, St Boniface’s College, Notre Dame School and Eggbuckland Community College. The partnership enables us to provide a comprehensive range of subjects. Some sixth formers will find themselves taking one of their subjects at one of the other schools in the partnership. Transport between schools during the day is arranged free of charge. Students take one of the following AS programmes: 4 subjects + General Studies OR 3 subjects + General Studies. The General Studies course provides opportunities for community work as well as a challenging series of lessons exploring a wide range of issue from the arts, science, technology, linguistics, economics, politics, and social studies. For each programme three subjects should be continued to A Level. There are over thirty subjects to choose from across The Link Partnership. Every effort is made to enable the preferred choice of courses requested by students to be timetabled. All Sixth Formers are expected to choose between PE or Mentoring as an activity to which they devote at least an hour each week. There is also a comprehensive programme of careers advice.


Conferences, Lectures, Visits and Fieldwork The school runs a comprehensive programme of work with outside organisations and academic institutions to reinforce classroom work. Several times a month trips are arranged to the stage productions at the Theatre Royal for all year groups. Sixth formers attend lecture programmes and conferences organised by a number of universities. Many subjects take advantage of visiting speakers and run field trips for all year groups. Foreign Exchanges, Links and Expeditions Girls in Year 8 have the opportunity to join a French Exchange with a school in Quipped. From Year 9 upwards those studying Italian and German can take advantage of exchanges and trips abroad. Business Studies students visit Paris to study business and marketing strategies at Euro Disney. We often participate in the Student Ambassador Programme when our girls host American students. Residentials and Outdoor Pursuits We offer a variety of outdoor pursuits activities during the year. The whole of Year 9 participate in an annual outdoor pursuits week at Bude, while wind-surfing and sailing courses are organised for other year groups. Girls from our school provide the majority of members at Plymouth YWCA’s Duke of Edinburgh Award group. Sixth formers studying Art, Biology, English, Geography and RE all benefit from residential field work and conferences, as do those interested in investigating Engineering as a career. Music, Dance and Drama Music and Drama make an important contribution to the cultural life of the school. A huge range of peripatetic music tuition is offered during school time. The orchestras and choir give magnificent performances at Speech Day in the Guildhall and at the Christmas Carol Concert in St Andrew’s Church. Dance Clubs meet at lunchtimes and a Dance Festival is held every February followed by a major Dance Production involving over 300 girls in March. Drama Clubs meet after school in the autumn term, while those interested in the stage rehearse from February to July for the school production which could be anything from Shakespeare or ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ to the musicals ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Oliver’. Meanwhile Sixth Formers mount a revue including dance, song and comedy at Christmas. Sport, clubs, societies and other activities Sixth Formers can participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme; Year 10s edit the monthly school newsletter; all may contribute to the school newspaper. There are lunchtime clubs for Amnesty International, Geography, Greek, Technology and Yoga amongst others. Christian Union meets weekly and presents assemblies each term. There is ample opportunity for all girls to participate in a wide range of sporting activities and teams. As well as netball, hockey, athletics, badminton, basketball, tennis, table tennis and fencing are on offer. Many girls play in county teams and some are national champions in their sport.

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