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Devonport High School for Girls

Extra-curricular opportunities

Devonport High School for Girls has a strong emphasis on developing the whole pupil and as part of this commitment we offer a broad range of enriching extra-curricular opportunities. Our extra-curricular programme is delivered within the timetabled curriculum and out of normal school hours. Our staff organise a comprehensive programme of field visits and our specialist status as a Language College provides our students with many opportunities to travel abroad.

Curriculum

Enrichment Days/Week

As well as offering a broad and enriching curriculum there are themed Enrichment Days over the course of the year. We have no set timetable on these days leaving pupils free to explore topics and tackle challenges in areas not necessarily covered in our everyday provision. Girls are encouraged to develop transferable skills that they can use across the curriculum. During the summer term we have a whole school enrichment week in July. The week provides students with a wide range of activities to select from, ranging from day courses in school to international visits.

Sports 

Sports clubs

There is an extensive sports programme catering for all abilities. Clubs take place during lunch with many of the activities organised by our student sports leaders with staff supervision. To ensure that clubs are available to all students they take place during the hour long lunch break. A termly school clubs timetable is published and emailed to all students, parents and carers. We are committed to competitive sports and organise many fixtures against Plymouth schools with our students regularly gaining regional and national honours.

Sports leadership 

The Sports Leadership Award is a national initiative run in school by our PE staff and administered by the British Sports Trust. The award is a nationally recognized award that helps young people over the age of 14 develop their leadership skills. We have a healthy number participating in JSLA (Junior) and CSLA (Community. Students organize clubs and fixtures as well as visiting local primary schools to coach younger children.

Outdoor education 

Ten Tors

The Ten Tors challenge is an annual weekend hike organised and run in early May for 2,400 young people by the British Army on Dartmoor. There are three different distances that participants can tackle; 35 miles, 45 miles and 55 miles. We enter teams at all 3 distances.

Bude activities week

During the summer term Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to attend an outdoor education week based at Bude on the north coast of Cornwall. The focus for the week is on challenge, teamwork and fun with girls tackling a range of activities including surfing, canoeing, climbing, abseiling and potholing. The week is always very popular with over 90% of girls from the year group attending. For those who decide not to attend they compete in a school based challenge for the week.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

We are a self-certificating Duke of Edinburgh Centre and run a vibrant unit at DHSG with students completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment 
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey

We have students completing the Award at all three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Enterprise and work related learning 

Enterprise Days

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.

Young Enterprise

Sixth Form students can enter business competitions where they have to setup their own company, design and market a product with the aim of producing a profit.

Work experience

GCSE students complete a week long work experience placement at the start of Year 11. This opportunity provides students a valuable taste of the world of work and helps them make decisions regarding future career paths.

Young Chef Team Challenge

Our Food Technology department prepare teams of Yr9 students to participate in this annual challenge. The event is held at Plymouth City College and is open to schools across Devon and Cornwall. Working in teams of 3 students have to prepare a three course meal using a set range of ingredients with prizes awarded for the best starter, main course, dessert and overall menu.

Performing Arts 

Music

Girls have the opportunity to have instrumental lessons via one to one tuition with our peripatetic teachers. We run choirs and a school orchestra. School concerts are organised at various points throughout the year with the highlight being our School carol service at St Andrews Church in Plymouth.

Drama

There is an annual school production which is open to all girls and is very popular.

Field visits and foreign excursions 

Our students are provided with a wide range of opportunities to take part in educational visits. These range from day visits in the local area to residential trips abroad.