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Welcome to PHSG from the Headteacher

Thank you very much for expressing an interest in this important post in our school. I am very proud to be the Interim Headteacher of Plymouth High School for Girls and I extend a warm welcome to you. I am confident that you will be as excited as our students, their parents, members of staff and I are about the school.
I hope you will take the time to explore our website as this will give you a good overview of what we stand for and our numerous achievements.

In summary therefore Plymouth High School is a very successful, happy school in a pleasant site near the city centre of Plymouth. It is a selective school with 600 girls in Years 7 to 11 with four forms of entry per year. Our Sixth Form is mixed and has now grown to 230 students. We work in close collaboration and partnership with other schools across the city including the other two selective schools. This enables us to offer a wider range of courses post 16 and students from the other schools also join classes we run. We are part of Plymouth’s Education Excellence Cluster.

All our visitors comment on the very positive relationships between staff and pupils and the excellent attitudes to learning. It is a very special place. It does have a family atmosphere that provides a sense of warmth and welcome. The school has a strong tradition of providing first class education in a well-ordered and good-humoured environment in which every individual is valued. Our reputation is based on high standards of achievement in an environment where the quality of relationships is paramount. The members of staff here are one of the school’s biggest assets as they are so positive and deeply caring thus ensuring that it is a strong and supportive community.

There is much for us to be proud of – Technology College specialist status; Languages and Internationalism; our strong collaboration and partnership with other schools; Plymouth’s centre for the International Baccalaureate. All of these have a positive impact on improving standards and opportunities for our girls and in the Sixth Form, boys.

I hope that after reading about our school you will decide to apply. The details on how to apply can be found in the appointment of post document. The job description and person specification set out the responsibilities of the post and the subject details will give you a further insight. Please post or email your application to Mrs Jenny Alderson (PA to Head teacher and SLT), at the school address or

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

I look forward to receiving your application; please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or would like an informal visit.

Shaun Willis
Interim Headteacher