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Plymouth High School for Girls – “For Life Not School We Learn”

Founded in 1874, Plymouth High School for Girls is a State selective Grammar school that builds on a long tradition of excellence.  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.  In years 7 to 11 we have 600 girls on roll.  Our Sixth Form is open to both girls and boys and has grown in numbers to over 200. 

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 thinkers and innovators.

We believe in the 3 Rs 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 standards academically whilst developing excellence in areas of their choice; our outcomes at both GCSE and A Level are indicative of this. 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 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 maximize 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.