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7 June 2024

Six of our Year 10 students joined 37 students from schools across the city to take part in the 'Experiences of the Workplace' event over half term.

They reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the event, and we hope more DHSB students will be able to take part next time. Year 9 students are currently planning their work experience placements for November 2024.

The additional work experience opportunity during half term was provided by the Careers & Enterprise Company and funded by the DfE, and took place at Market Hall Devonport.

CEC provided this overview of the week.

DHSB Careers Fair 2024

We are hosting our first Careers Fair on Friday 5 July 2024 and we’re looking for businesses to attend to promote a variety of careers to our students.

More information and a registration form are available at this link and via the QR code.

Public Use Defibrillator

We are pleased to be able to support our wider community by installing a public use defibrillator outside the main school entrance.

This device is accessible 24/7 and is registered with The Circuit, the UK's national network for defibrillators.

This has now been made live, meaning that 999 Call Handlers can direct and provide access information to those dealing with medical emergencies. 

Pictured with the defibrillator are Eden Hingston, School Captain and Miss Marsh, our First Aid whole school lead.

Summer Recital

Tickets for our Summer Recital at Stoke Damerel Church on 20 June 2024 at 19:00 are now available.

The doors will open at 18:00 and tickets include canapes and a glass of fizz.

Mrs Luing-Holmes says this is a concert which will celebrate our students who practise and perform music of classical and jazz genres, of around ABRSM grade 6 and up.

She added, "The high calibre of our musicians in both ensembles and solos is a gift to the senses, and we are so proud of our students that work so hard to achieve this level of performance".

Excellent Work

Mrs Burdon has shared these examples of Excellent Work this week.

She said, “In Mrs Hicks’ classes Year 7 students have been investigating the work of Julian Opie, an English contemporary sculptor and digital artist from Oxford who is perhaps best known for portraits that reduce subjects to essential lines and colour planes”.

Mrs Burdon added, "Students focused on the subject of self-portraits through their own photography and learning how to manipulate digital platforms to develop their own Opie inspired self portraits with fantastic results".

Well done!

Student News

Well done to Caleb Caleshu 11P who recently took part in his fourteenth and final Plymouth Club Championship match of the season. Taking on multiple winner Neil Crickmore, he recorded the best win of his career and avenged his only loss against the same opponent at the start of the year.

Caleb has recorded 13 wins in his 14 games and remains Plymouth Champion for a further year - well done!

Also this week, congratulations to George Shaw 9E who has been appointed vice-chairman at the Plymouth Philatelic Society. 

This is a great achievement after attending the club for a year. George has prepared and presented stamps around the world.

LGBTQ Community Group

At DHSB we strive for a tolerant and inclusive community and this week, students have been given a message regarding our new LGBTQ community group, meeting once a month from Monday 14th June at lunchtime in C12.

All students are welcome to the meeting to find out more, meet other students who may be LBGTQ curious, or to offer support and friendship, empowering our young LGBTQ students to feel safe, and valued in our school community.

Crowdfunding Campaign

I am delighted to announce that our crowdfunding campaign to redesign our fitness suite was successful. We managed to raise the funds to complete this project by meeting the Plymouth City Council match funding criteria and this means we will now be going out to tender in order to get this facility updated.

I would like to thank all our stakeholders who donated to this project. If you are still planning to contribute towards this project please contact the school at

A special thank you goes to our PTFA for their generous support and continued work on behalf of supporting projects across DHSB. Without their help and support many projects will not happen across the school. If you can help or support this group then contact:

I would also like to announce that Tesco has agreed to include our fundraising campaign as one of their instore charity projects. So again we are asking for your help to see if we can get some extra funding via this route. 

The information about where and how you can vote is set out in this link: Tesco voting details 

Once again I would like to thank you all for your support and I look forward to updating you on the progress again soon.

Mr Berryman

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!

PSHE Update

Mr Scott our PSHE and Careers Lead said, "We were pleased to be able to work on our joint PSHE project with DHSG students today looking at misogyny, positive masculinity, respect, consent, and violence against girls. These are tricky topics but the session saw some very focused and valuable discussions".

Well done to all involved.

Sixth Form Enrichment

This week, in tutorial, Year 12 students focused on networking and being enterprising, beginning by learning what these skills look like before making connections between relevant skills and careers, and ranking these on a scale.

By the end of the session, students could identify one skill they need to develop and each came up with a strategy for how to develop it.

Higher Education and Industry Research

Our Year 12 students also have HEIR week coming up during Enrichment Week from 24 - 28 June. All parents and carers have been emailed with information about this week and what it entails - check the letters section of the school website to find a copy.

We're looking forward to hearing about all the work experience opportunities, visits to universities and networking and learning opportunities that they have arranged for this week. 

Mrs Briars-Delve

Sports Update


Mr Manley said that the Year 7 team started well in their first hard ball cricket match. The fantastic game of cricket ended in a narrow defeat for the team.


The Year 7 athletes squad teamed up with Devonport High School For Girls to take part in the Plymouth Schools Super8 Athletics Championships on Tuesday.

Each athlete has to take part in one field event, one track event and a relay. All the points are added up to decide the overall final positions. 

The DHS team proved to be remarkably consistent throughout the day and won the overall championship by just three points.

Mr Strang said, "This is a very impressive result and reflects the hardworking attitude of the team".

Well done!

Golf and Surf Clubs

Students enjoyed lots of mini games at the after school Golf Club this week and the Surf Club took this year's first trip to Polzeath with 24 surfers getting some good fun waves.

Many thanks to the staff who enable these fantastic opportunities.


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