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13 October 2023

Broadening your horizons.

For the last six years, DHSB has provided a platform for local employers, apprentice providers and colleges to showcase the routes available to our students to ensure they choose the path most suited to them reaching their fullest potential.

This week's event welcomed Sharron Robbie MBE who represented the Devon and Cornwall Training Providers Network and ASK; Emma Hewitt and her colleague James Blake from Plymouth City Council and Building Plymouth; and Sophie Harvey and Jamie Rowley who discussed the offer from City College Plymouth.

Each of the speakers offered their expert insight into the opportunities available to students after GCSEs and A levels.

There is support available at DHSB to help all students find their way including A levels, T levels, apprenticeships and joining the workforce.

Please email if you have any queries or suggestions.

The DHSB Careers & PSHE website will have all of the presentations from the evening, and more information for parents and students. Please use the link below.

Mr Scott

Excellent Work

Thank you to Mrs Hicks who has shared these images from Year 7 Science. These show students in 7N completing food tests and using solutions to test for sugars, protein, lipids and starch.

Sixth Form Enrichment and Tutorial

Sixth Form enrichment periods 1 and 2 today were centred around personal development from a variety of angles.

Chris Hemmings talked about Healthy Masculinity at the start of the Free and Equal Conference (programme here) and we have recordings of sensitive material which was presented later in the morning to share and explore in tutor time in smaller groups.

The link to the conference was shared with students via their virtual classroom so that they could tune in or watch in the Learning Commons or free rooms for the remainder of the sessions.

Penny was also back with her team of volunteers from Summerhouse Services. The first of our Year 13 tutor groups explored healthy sexual relationships, self esteem and self worth as a part of our fuller programme on Relationships, Fertility and Consent.

Summerhouse Services also ran the first of our Year 12 training sessions for each tutor group on how to recognise and support others with tools to manage anxiety and positive wellbeing.

Pictured is 12DR at the start of this session.

Ms Davidson

History Club

Mrs Mintoft says that the History Club met again this week and watched a presentation by Luke Madgett 10P and Jay Fox-Hopwood 10P about the war of 1812.

This was really interesting, well done Luke and Jay.

History Club meets every Thursday during break two and usually involves a lively discussion of a topic or presentation by one of the group. New members are very welcome.

Sports Update


The Year 7 rugby squad was in action again on Wednesday afternoon in the Plymouth Schools centre venue league. The team played three coached fixtures and made excellent progress once again. The wet weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 16 players involved.

Mr Strang said, "Well done to all”.

Pictured here is the Year 8 rugby team who beat St Boniface and Eggbuckland in their two matches at the central venue fixtures this week.

Congratulations to the team!


Mr Callicott said, “Well done to the Year 7 football team for winning their first game at the school”.

This was a national cup game against Plymstock School.

Also congratulations to the Year 9 football team for their win in the Plymouth Cup first round in a tight game against Heles School.

Mr Bunney says the Year 11 football team got their season off to a great start with a win against St Boniface School in round two of the national cup.

Well done!

Mr Manley also reports another good win for the first XI in the Devon Wednesday League.

And finally...

We have been asked to share information about an Indoor Bowls Family Fun Day on 29 October 2023, with free one-hour sessions running from 10.00 - 16.30 at the Life Centre.

The Plymouth Life Centre Indoor Bowls Club is inviting people from age 6+ to come along and have a go at this activity free of charge.


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