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Devonport High School for Girls

Academically More Able and Talented Students

Devonport High School for Girls is committed to providing an environment which encourages all students to maximise their potential and this includes those who are academically more able and those who are talented in sports, music, drama, dance and the creative arts.

We have over 300 Academically More Able and Talented students across all year groups for whom we ensure there is a range of enrichment activities and events. We embed activities into all our schemes of learning to stretch and develop student’s individual abilities and talents.

As a community we ensure that we maintain good links with Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities to ensure that appropriate applications are supported and encouraged. Other opportunities such as inter and intra school debating and participation in relevant conferences and competitions are also organised.

Here is a small selection of the many activities on offer:

  • Big Bang STEM competitions
  • Art- Advance learning techniques
  • Japan club
  • Various music clubs (woodwind & string club, choirs etc)
  • Various GCSE subject support clubs (textiles, Chinese, ICT, Business studies etc)
  • Afri-twin
  • Young Enterprise club
  • Coca Cola Business challenge
  • GO-4-SET STEM competitions
  • Maths leaders Award
  • Current affairs and Politics club
  • Erasmus and SEE club
  • STEM club
  • Computer Club (Scratch programming)
  • Maths Challenge (National Competition)
  • Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  • Ten Tors (35 mile, 45 mile and 55 mile teams)
  • Sports Leaders level 1 & 2
  • Visits and talks from Oxford University staff and graduates
  • Bragg about Science workshop
  • STEM club (Science Technology Engineering Maths)
  • Numerous sporting activities with specialist coaching opportunities
  • Frequent and diverse music and drama activities​

Academically More Able students 

These are students who are able across a variety of academic subjects.  Some students will be more able in just one subject, others maybe more able in a number of subjects. Students will also meet subject specific criteria and score highly on a standardised test (MIDYIS).


These are students who have a particular aptitude for a specific subject.   This is especially relevant for the practical subjects (PE, DT, Music, Art & Drama). These students will be predominantly catered for (including stretch and challenge in the classroom, extra enrichment opportunities and tracking and monitoring and subsequent interventions) by the identifying departments. All subject areas at Devonport High School for Girls are aware of who their talented students are and are encouraged to nurture and stretch these students.

Lead learners 

Those students that have been identified in 3 or more subjects as more able and meet a set of specific criteria as identified as being lead learners. Further monitoring, enrichment, stretch and challenge is provided to enhance their individual aspirations.