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Devonport High School for Girls


Key Stage 3 and 4

Admission to Devonport High School for Girls is made through Plymouth City Council.  Pupils are selected through academic ability with all candidates required to sit the 11-plus examination.  The examination is designed to measure a child’s academic ability and determine whether she would be suited to a grammar school education.

The 11-plus examinations assess your child’s academic ability by using GL Assessment English Comprehension and Mathematics paper.

Exciting new element as part of our strategy to attract more students from disadvantaged backgrounds into both Devonport High School for Girls and Plymouth High School for Girls

We believe it is essential that everything possible is done to raise aspirations and provide support to families whose children are eligible for pupil premium funding within the education sector. We are keen to increase the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds attending our grammar schools so that they can benefit from a selective education if it is the right choice for them.

In addition to the free online guides and familiarisation resources offered by GL Assessment available below, we are offering, girls eligible for pupil premium funding, further support and are delighted to announce that we have funded an online course for them which has been put together by the Grammar School Heads’ Association. The course includes video content, practice questions and advice about taking the 11+ assessment. There are 8 one-hour lessons available which children can work through independently.

Our hope is that by working through the tasks online, students will become more familiar with the type of questions that they will be required to complete during the 11+ assessment.
If you are interested in being included in this programme of support and your daughter is eligible for pupil premium please email

GL Assessment have released free familiarisation materials on their website for parents and students who would like to see the new layout prior to the main 11+ examinations, (see below):

The 11-plus examination will take place before the closing date for submission of the application form for a school place and parents / carers are required to register their child to take the examination. Further details of this procedure and information to help you apply for a Year 7 secondary place within Plymouth can be found in the ‘Next Step Parents Guide’ which is available from the Plymouth City Council website.

The school’s published admission number (PAN) for Year 7 is 120. For the last few years the school has received more applications than places available. There may be places available for students seeking transfer in years 8, 9 and 10. In-year admissions are made via an application through Plymouth City Council and the satisfactory completion of a school set admissions test to clarify candidates’ ability and aptitude.

For further details on admission criteria please see the link below.

To register your daughter to sit the 11-plus examination, parents/carers need to apply through the Plymouth City Council website:

For any further enquiries about the 11-plus procedure please contact the Admissions Team

Telephone: 01752 307469


Key Stage 5

Devonport High School for Girls welcomes applications from students transferring from other schools. The school published admission number (PAN) excluding those transferring from the school’s own year 11 is 35. Applications should be made direct to the school by the end of the Autumn Term. The number of students who have applied for each course will be taken into account, meaning that extra students can sometimes be accommodated over the admission number if the student’s chosen course is not full. The admission arrangements apply equally to those seeking admission from year 11 within the school to those seeking transfer from other schools.
The minimum entry requirement for our Sixth Form is an average grade of 6 or higher from your GCSEs with a minimum of a grade 5 in English and Mathematics. In addition, for subject specific entry requirements, you will require a minimum grade of a 6 for the subjects you wish to study. For the subject of Psychology, you will need a grade 6 in Mathematics or in a Science and a grade 6 in English. For the subject of Business, you will need a grade 6 in Mathematics and a grade 6 in English. We also recommend that pupils who have a grade 5 in Mathematics undertake Core Maths to support their studies. For specific entry requirements please see the Sixth Form prospectus or contact the school on 01752 705024.

The Sixth Form Prospectus and application forms to apply to join the sixth form, can be found our Prospectus Page.