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Plymouth High School for Girls

Founded in 1874, Plymouth High School for Girls is a State selective Grammar school that builds on a long tradition of excellence. 

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Address:Plymouth High School For Girls
St Lawrence Road
Telephone number: 033 33 602230
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Our motto "For Life Not School We Learn" is still relevant today and is at the heart of what drives us forward.  It is reflected in the diversity of achievement across the school, which we proudly celebrate. We are a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, a Trust which stretches across the South of England.

We have 600 girls in year 7 to 11 across four forms of entry in each year groups. Our Sixth Form is open to both girls and boys has around 230 students. 

Plymouth High offers a strong, supportive community, providing a sense of warmth and welcome within a safe, stimulating environment.  We aim for our students to be confident, creative and caring young adults who are knowledgeable, inquiring and independent thinkers.

We believe in the importance of respect, resilience and responsibility and all our girls, from the time they enter the school in year 7, are given opportunities to develop as leaders. We support every one of our students whatever their unique gifts, talents or needs so that they can achieve the highest academic standards and have the chance to excel in areas of their choice.  Students move on from Plymouth High ready to take their place as active citizens in a global society with a lifelong love of learning


Plymouth High School for Girls aims to be an outstanding Grammar School for the 21st century remaining true to the philosophy of the school's motto 'For Life Not School We Learn'.

A school which:

  • Promotes a culture of high aspiration enabling personal and academic success
  • Prepares students to become confident, independent learners
  • Provides an outstanding education for all, the key to this being high quality teaching
  • Provides enjoyment, excitement and challenge for all, stimulating an enthusiasm for lifelong learning
  • Prepares students to become active citizens, equipped to succeed in a world of rapid change

Students study a broad and balanced curriculum and are encouraged to take up a wide range of subjects.  The school ensures a high take up of the EBacc subjects, while also continuing to offer, and value, a range of other subjects such as art, drama and technology that develops the whole person and their character so that they move on from Plymouth High happy, confident and ambitious ; able to lead and succeed

Plymouth High School Sixth Form

In this competitive world, it has never been more important for students to gain the qualifications and skills needed for a successful future. Plymouth High School Sixth Form has a friendly, supportive environment and positive atmosphere which enables students to develop both their academic and personal strengths, preparing them for life's future challenges.  

As our motto indicates, we believe strongly that students should leave us with a real love of learning which will last for life.  Our reputation is based upon high quality teaching, excellent support and guidance, and outstanding opportunities provided both in and outside of the classroom.  We give our students the highest level of individual attention they need to reach their goals. As a result the vast majority of our students go on to study at university, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group Universities. 

The special family atmosphere and supportive, positive relationships between staff and students are always singled out for particular praise by our past students.  The Head of Sixth Form and personal tutors are an experienced, dedicated team who are available to offer advice and assistance, discuss progress and achievement, and help set challenging targets with strategies to ensure success. Students are encouraged to take an active and responsible role in the day to day life of the school and are expected to work hard to maximise their potential.

Above all, we aim to provide the conditions, opportunities and experiences which enable our students to become well-qualified, confident, aware, competent, capable, articulate, caring and well-organised individuals; able to make their own way successfully in the environment of work, Further or Higher Education.


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Plymouth High School for Girls aims to be an outstanding Grammar School for the 21st century remaining true to the philosophy of the school's motto 'For Life Not School We Learn'.  We are working towards being an accredited thinking school and use thinking strategies in all that we do.  We are committed to giving students the opportunities to lead and to make valuable contributions to school life.  We are part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust and believe in helping our students to become proficient thinkers and successful in all they do.

Teachers use thinking strategies in their lessons and ensure that every lesson students make progress and have the chance to challenge themselves.

We work hard to ensure that teachers have the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their classes.

Teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand

A variety of teaching approaches are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This will include a range of thinking strategies.

Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENDCO or outside agencies) are in place to support your child to learn.

Your child's teacher will have carefully checked on your child's progress and will have addressed any gaps.

Children with additional needs are appropriately catered for.  

Plymouth uses an orange 'Local Offer icon' to show services that define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Plymouth's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.

Age range
  • Preparing for Adulthood
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years

  • Based: Plymouth
    Childcare Type:
    • School
    Age ranges:
    • Secondary school - 11 to 16 years
    Registered places: 837

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