Devonport High School for Girls

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Devonport High School for Girls
Devonport High School for Girls logo.jpg
Motto Sine Labe Decus
Established 1911
Type Grammar School, Academy
Head Teacher Anita Hemsi
Specialism Languages
Location Lyndhurst Road
Peverell, Plymouth
England Coordinates: 50°23′34″N 4°09′06″W / 50.3927°N 4.1518°W / 50.3927; -4.1518
Local authority Plymouth City Council
DfE URN 136588 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 826
Gender Females (and males in sixth form)
Ages 11–18

Devonport High School for Girls is a selective girls' state grammar school with academy status (ages 11–18) in Plymouth, England.


In September 1908 Devonport High School for Girls was recognised as a girls secondary school. It was originally located at Paradise Road, Stoke in Plymouth, and known as Devonport Municipal Secondary School for Girls. It was established approximately 15 years after its sibling Devonport High School for Boys. The school moved to its current location which overlooks the Plymouth Argyle football ground, Home Park, on September 10, 1937, from its original location on Paradise Road. The school was divided into four houses- St.Joan, St.Margaret, St.Monica and St.Ursula. They were then changed to Falcon, Kestrel, Hawk and Eagle. Today the house system still exists but are now named Flete, Kitley, Hartland and Edgecumbe after local houses.

During World War II the girls were evacuated to Tiverton grammar school, whilst the DHSG building was initially used by the fire service who were drafted in from across England to fight fires created by the aerial bombardment. It was also used as a machine shop for the dockyard during this period. The building suffered bomb damage during the war. The tennis and netball courts added in 1952 can now be seen at a lower level than the playing field due to a crater an exploded mine had left.

Honour boards which hang at the back of the main hall were paid for by the money each of the pupils received to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1971 DHSG started to accept girls from all areas of Plymouth and by the 1980s girls were coming from outside of Plymouth. In 2005 DHSG acquired Specialist Language College status bringing with it funding to provide better facilities, not just in building updating and expansion but in technology also. The new Learning Centre constructed in 2005 housed a modern library, new language laboratories and two fully equipped computer rooms.


DHSG is a grammar school, catering for students at the top end of the academic ability range. These students are selected by means of the 11-plus entrance exam, which tests potential students on English comprehension and mathematics.[citation needed]

As of 2013/14 it has some 826 students, of whom around 198 are sixth form students. The school has maintained its Specialist Language College status, and introduced Chinese into the curriculum in Sept 2006. It is also one of the few schools to offer Latin, Greek and Polish. [1]

Each school year from 7 to 11 is split into four tutor groups. These tutor groups originally formed the school 'houses' known as E, F, H and K. Each house letter stands for an animal which was selected by the students: elephant, frog, humpback whale, and kraken respectively.[citation needed]

Separated from the school, the sixth form have a different set of tutor groups: L, M, N, P, Q and R which don't represent anything.[citation needed]

DHSG is a specialist language school and in 2011 acquired Academy Trust Status.


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