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Devonport High School for Girls

Sixth Form

Our school has an excellent Sixth Form that is constantly expanding. It offers excellent academic opportunities that lead to access to top-performing universities. We are part of a group of schools called The Link Partnership (TLP) where we work together to offer the most comprehensive range of subjects possible.

The schools in the TLP are Devonport High School for Boys and Notre Dame Roman Catholic School. Some of our students will find that they wish to study an A level in one of these other schools as it is a subject we are unable to offer. Transport costs for the movement between schools are met by the schools and not the students.

We take great care to tailor each student to an individual programme of study that involves a core learning aim of A-Level, combined with either work experience or enrichment studies.  We factor in a student’s prior attainment and career aspirations and work very closely with them over the two years to ensure that they achieve the very best.  All students study a combination of three or four subjects over a full two-year course, therefore resulting in all students finishing their programme of study with a minimum of three A-Levels. Students will also study Independent Learning Skills (ILS) in Year 12 as an enrichment subject which qualifies students in Year 13 to study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). 

Every effort is made to enable the preferred choice of courses requested by students to be timetabled. All Sixth Formers are expected to choose an additional extra-curricular activity to which they devote at least an hour each week, this is as well as ILS.  There is also a comprehensive programme of careers advice. 

Sixth Formers are supported in their studies through tutorial advice, access to a well-stocked library and extensive ICT and study facilities. A wide variety of study trips and visits provides help with Higher Education applications including mock interviews.

A student executive of elected Sixth Formers chair a weekly meeting of Student Leaders to hear and promote students’ views. It also organises a number of events including the annual Charity Week. There are many opportunities for extra-curricular activities and taking on roles of responsibility within the school. For example, students can run clubs for younger students and be attached to Year 7 and 8 Forms as mentors.

Sixth Form students have their own Sixth Form Centre which includes a study room equipped with networked computers and a separate social area.

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