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5 January 2024

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school for another exciting term.

We hope everyone in our community had a good break, returning to school ready and prepared for the term ahead.

Save the Date

Our talented cast and orchestra are busy rehearsing for our school production of Les Misérables which will be performed in the DHSB Edgcumbe Theatre on 7, 8 and 9 February at 7.30pm.

Please add these dates to your diary and watch this space as ticket information will be available soon!

Google Reference School

We have been a Google Reference School since 2015, meaning that we have received recognition from Google for our outstanding use of technology, and how we use it to drive positive learning outcomes. 

We are very proud of the work we do with our whole community and would like to share our latest reference school case study outlining some of the work that we do.

Ms Buckler

Sparx Maths and Sparx Reader

Each week we celebrate our highest performers in both Sparx Maths and Sparx Reader, two of our core homework platforms. We are proud of all of our students who complete their homework each week to such a high standard but these six students deserve a special mention.

Well done!

Mr Winstone

Sixth Form Enrichment and Tutorial

New year, new beginnings, and keep your heart and your head strong were the messages from tutors, Miss Wilkinson and Mr Burt in tutorial and the assemblies today.

Two groups also continued work with Summerhouse Services on our two themes of healthy sexual relationships and tools to manage wellbeing.

Summerhouse Services is offering free courses for parents and carers. Please use these links to find out more.

Ms Davidson


We hope you had a lovely Christmas and we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9 January at 6.30pm in the Conference Room which is behind the Visitor Reception.  We'd love to see you and refreshments will be provided. 

The PTFA had a great December. Firstly it was our fantastic Christmas disco - 760 students filled Pryzm and had a great time.

Thank you to everyone for your support and a big thank you to our volunteers - some of whom are shown here. We really couldn't do it without you!

A special mention also to Pryzm and their lovely staff - we are so sorry to hear you are closing. We have had three brilliant discos over the last 12 months and it has been a pleasure to collaborate with you. You will be missed and we wish you all the best for your future.

Next we had such a lovely evening providing refreshments at the DHSB Christmas Concert in Stoke Damerel Church. Our festive mulled wine was very popular! A big thank you to Joanna, Josanne and Audrey for helping at this event.

Please get in touch if you would be able to help at future events - even if it is just for an hour or so.

Keep an eye on our social media for future events:

X (formerly Twitter) @DHSBPTFA

Any questions, or offers of help, please 

Mrs Kinsella

Sports Update


The U14s played Plymstock School on Monday 18 December and unfortunately the team is out of the Plymouth Cup having lost the match.

Mr Carpenter said, “Good luck to Plymstock in the next round”.


Mr Callicott reports that it was very busy at the first school badminton club of the new year.

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