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Curriculum

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.  Students in KS 3 (Years 7-9) follow the National Curriculum, while those in KS4 (Years 10-11) take up to 10 GCSEs within the normal timetable. At KS5 (Year 12-13) students take 3 or 4 A levels and may also study for an Extended Project Qualification. 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, music and design technology.

Enriching the understanding and experience of our students is something we value highly. Our curriculum is therefore seen in its broadest sense. Our Additional Curriculum of: dedicated Wellbeing lessons, a carefully planned Personal, Social and Health Education programme, and focussed Careers education, builds the students confidence and knowledge of themselves, giving them the skills necessary to succeed. Enrichment opportunities, whether in lessons or on trips, and residential experiences build knowledge and team work, as does our very strong House system around which school activities revolve. The termly House Festivals and competitions, independently organised by the House Captain teams build character, and resilience, while simultaneously providing great enjoyment and many happy memories.

In this way our additional curriculum:

  • develops the whole person and their character so that they move on from Plymouth High happy, confident and ambitious ; able to lead and succeed.
  • provides opportunities for developing cultural literacy
  • makes meaningful links between the knowledge in the curriculum and the major issues of our time, in the local, national and international dimensions.

For further more detailed information about our whole school approach please click below.