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Devonport High School for Girls 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Devonport High School for Girls was founded in 1908, about 15 years after its sibling Devonport High School for Boys.

The school was awarded Specialist Languages College status in 2005. Mandarin Chinese is embedded in the curriculum (and forms part of an outreach programme with primary schools) and there are international links with 20 countries, including an ongoing successful Erasmus project. The school first won the International School Award in 2006 and has received it four times since.

In 2019, Ofsted rated the school ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ recognition for its behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

11 plus information for Devonport High School for Girls

  • Address: Devonport High School for Girls, Lyndhurst Road, Peverell, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3DL

  • County: Devon

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01752 307469

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 835

  • Number of Year 7 places: 120

  • Open day: Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 6pm–8pm (no need to book) and Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June 2022, 9.15am–10.15am (booking required)

  • Registration period: 19th April – 31st August

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th September and Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessments

  • Results: 14th October

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2023

  • Appeals: heard by an independent appeal panel

Devonport High School for Girls term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Devonport High School for Girls are:

  • Autumn term: 7th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 21st – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Devonport High School for Girls 11 plus admissions process

Devonport High School for Girls follows Plymouth City Council’s coordinated secondary admissions scheme. Parents of candidates will need to register their daughter through the Plymouth City Council website before 31st August 2022, in addition to completing their Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) before 31st October 2022 (an application for a school place).

Girls who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) naming Devonport High School for Girls will be admitted first, subject to having achieved the cut-off score or above. If the number of applications exceeds the 120 places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied in order:

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children who achieve a score equal to or higher than the cut-off score, by rank order of highest score in the 11 plus exam

  2. Up to 12 places will be allocated to candidates who achieve a score equal to or higher than the cut-off score, by rank order of highest score in the 11 plus exam and who qualify for the free school meals pupil premium or who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years

  3. Other candidates by rank order of highest score in the 11 plus exam

There is no catchment area for Devonport High School for Girls.

Devonport High School for Girls 11 plus exam format

11 plus applicants to Devonport High School for Girls will take the exam over two separate dates – Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September – which is administered by GL Assessments.

  • Saturday 17th September: Two English papers. The first is a multiple-choice English paper from GL Assessments. The second is a school’s own paper, requiring written answers to an English passage (comprehension). This does not count towards the assessed mark, but may be used in appeals.

  • Saturday 24th September: One Maths paper. This is multiple-choice.

The combined pass mark for these exams (known as the ‘cut-off score’) is two points below the score which is achieved by the 120th child who applied for the school (in score order).

Devonport High School for Girls will be running a practice test for applicants in advance of the real exam. This will take place on Saturday 25th June 2022 and results will be sent to candidates on 15th July 2022. This will be a useful opportunity for candidates to get a feel for the exam and the exam conditions, and identify areas of weakness to work on over the summer holidays.

The cost of this practice exam is £40 (although this will be covered by the school if your child is eligible for free school meals) and there are 170 places available. Application opens at the same time as the admissions registration (25th April) and will close when all 170 places are filled or on 10th June 2022 at 11am (whenever is soonest).

How can I help my child prepare for Devonport High School for Girls 11 plus?

The practice test taking place at Devonport High School for Girls on Saturday 25th June (registration necessary) is a fantastic opportunity for your daughter to experience real exam conditions in advance of the 11 plus exam in September.

Devonport High School for Girls is committed to attracting more students from disadvantaged backgrounds and offers further preparation and support for girls who are eligible for pupil premium. This includes an online course (put together by the Grammar School Heads’ Association) with video content, practice questions, advice and 8 one-hour lessons which children can work through independently. If your daughter is eligible for pupil premium and you are interested in being included in this programme of support, contact [email protected].

Here are our other top tips to help your child prepare:

Start early: We suggest beginning the 11 plus preparation journey at the end of Year 4 or the beginning of Year 5. Your child should feel comfortable with the curriculum content before beginning targeted exam preparation. Core curriculum programmes are useful to help boost confidence and subject mastery ahead of the exam.

Friendly familiarisation: The 11 plus exam will contain question styles that your child has likely not come across before. With Atom’s Exam Preparation Plus package, your child will be able to take as many Mock Tests as necessary to feel comfortable with the format and style of Devonport High School for Girls’ GL exam.

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Read widely: The 11 plus exam will require your child to have an excellent understanding of the English language, including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Reading widely across traditional and contemporary texts will support their exam preparation – find free resources for engaging your child with reading here.

Focus on their needs: Tailor your child’s exam practice to their specific needs to help them stay on track. Atom’s adaptive learning algorithm personalises your child’s optimal learning journey to help them master all the content required to achieve entry to Devonport High School for Girls. Data-driven insights will also give you an in-depth overview of your child’s progress.

Start your free 5-day trial of Atom Nucleus today to see how adaptive learning can empower your child to excel in Devonport High School for Girls’ 11 plus exam.

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