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Plymouth High School for Girls: a parents' guide for 2022

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Plymouth High School for Girls was founded in 1874 as a result of the growing pressure at the time to improve women’s rights and provide an education for girls. The school is girls only until the age of 16 with a co-educational sixth form.

The motto for the school is ‘For Life Not School We Learn’, which is evident in the school’s commitment to international activities. Plymouth High School for Girls is linked with schools in Ghana, New Zealand, France, China and Russia, and was awarded the International Schools Award in 2006.

11 plus information for Plymouth High School for Girls

  • Address: Plymouth High School for Girls, St Lawrence Road, Plymouth, PL4 6HT

  • County: Devon

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01752 307469

  • School type: girls’ grammar (co-ed sixth form)

  • Number of pupils: 800

  • Number of Year 7 places: 120

  • Open day: not available, but a virtual open day is available on the school website

  • Registration period: 25th 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

Plymouth High School for Girls term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 1st April

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Plymouth High School for Girls 11 plus admissions process

Plymouth 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 the school will be admitted to the school first, subject to having achieved the cut-off score or above for Plymouth High School for Girls. 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 Plymouth High School for Girls.

Plymouth High School for Girls 11 plus exam format

The 11 plus exam for entry to Plymouth High School for Girls is administered by GL Assessments. The exam will take place over two separate dates – Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September – and applicants will receive information about the exact time and location between Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September.

  • 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).

Plymouth High School for Girls holds a familiarisation/practice session (mock exam) 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).

Note that the practice examination may include more questions than are set out in the practice papers from GL Assessments.

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

We recommend taking advantage of the practice session at Plymouth High School for Girls on Saturday 25th June (registration necessary). This is a fantastic opportunity for your daughter to experience real exam conditions in advance of the 11 plus exam in September.

Plymouth High School for Girls is also looking to attract more students from disadvantaged backgrounds and is offering further 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 Plymouth High School for Girls’ GL exam.

Plymouth GL 11 plus mock tests

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 Plymouth 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 Plymouth High School for Girls’ 11 plus exam.

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