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24 January 2020

Each Friday I share our theme of the week to give an opportunity for you to discuss this at home as a family with your child.

This week our theme is ‘rule of law’ and this was explored in House assemblies on Wednesday.

We also run a full tutorial programme for Years 7 – 11 and the Sixth Form on Friday mornings.

Sixth Form News

Invitations to read Medicine at Brasenose College and St John’s College in Oxford are among the four Oxbridge offers to students at Devonport High School for Boys this year.

I am delighted that the quality of our candidates was recognised again this year by admission tutors at both Oxford and Cambridge and that the offers received reflect a range of subjects including Medicine, Mathematics and Chemistry.

Whilst in this news we are celebrating the success of students gaining offers for the highly competitive courses at Oxford and Cambridge we are equally pleased for other students who are also receiving offers for a variety of Higher Education and Degree Apprenticeship courses as well as planning exciting gap year opportunities and pathways.

Sharon Davidson, Assistant Head Post-16, said, “Students receiving offers have demonstrated their intellectual ability through nearly seven years of consistent study and often a wider interest in their subject than merely the examination criteria. Students have engaged through participation in leadership and voluntary work, question time events and programmes such as Inspire2INVOLVE organised by the Villiers Park Education Trust and Downing College, Cambridge and a variety of other extra-curricular opportunities directed or supported by staff at the school”.

Pictured are our four Oxbridge candidates with Ms Davidson.

Liam Fowler, St John's College, Oxford, Chemistry

Somsubhro Bagchi, Trinity College, Cambridge, Mathematics

Zara Waddy, St John's College, Oxford, Medicine

Jackson Spry, Brasenose College, Oxford, Medicine

Som said, “When I went to Cambridge on the open day, I could almost feel the history pouring in through the buildings. Occasionally, it would be pointed out that Newton had walked through this court or that Watson and Crick had announced their discovery of the structure of DNA at that pub. It was simply mind-blowing".

Ten Tors Training

Mrs Wills reports that training took place last weekend with “Great visibility, cold but still”.

She added “What a stunning day”.

Excellent Work

Our Excellent Work this week is from Mr Jenkins. He said that Year 12 students Fabio Miranda. Samarth Basavapatna and Saahithya Aroori produced this presentation on the HS2 proposal. They created this in their own time and presented it to the class.

Sports Update


The U16 Hockey team narrowly missed out on winning the county championships, hosted at Blundells School, on goal difference.

Mr Carpenter said, “Well done all”.


Well done also the Year 8 football team who bounced back with a convincing win against Teignmouth School in the Devon Cup this week.

The Year 9 football team made it into the semi-final of the Plymouth Schools Cup on Wednesday following a 4 - 1 victory against Tor Bridge High School.

The goal scorers for DHSB were Harry Taylor, Alvin John, Luca Pillar and Charlie Goldsworthy.

The Year 9 central venue squad played at the central venue played at Tor Bridge High this week in the Plymouth Schools League. Well done to all 14 pupils who took part. Played two, lost one, won one.

Pictured here is the U15 football team about to kick off in the first round of the Devon Cup v Eggbuckland School. The team secured a convincing victory so well done to all involved.

And here is the 2nd XI team about to entertain Plymouth Kurds in the Devon Wednesday League.

Congratulations to the DHSB A team - through to the next round of the Devon Wednesday League Cup after beating the Police team 5 – 3.

Future Events

Saturday 25 January Bronze DofE Training

27 – 31 January Year 12 & Year 13 exams

Monday 27 January Online safety briefing for parents and carers

Sunday 2 February Ten Tors Training

Thursday 6 February Mufti day

Thursday 6 February Year 10 report

10 – 12 February Year 11 additional mocks

Wednesday 12 February Emotional logic Year 7 parents event

Thursday 13 February Year 10 parents evening

Friday 14 February Final day of spring term one


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