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Devonport High School for Girls

The Student Support Team is heavily involved in supporting students across all year groups providing bespoke support to meet students need. This specialist support includes SEN support, academic and pastoral mentoring, literacy support, counselling, behaviour and attendance support and links to outside agencies.

We know you want the best for your child and so would ask for your cooperation in keeping us informed of any circumstance that may affect them.

If your child is diagnosed with any new medical condition after they join us in Year 7 please remember to contact your Head of House to update us and allow us to work with you to support your child.  If your child becomes ill and is unable to attend school we will work with you to ensure that their education is not disrupted if at all possible.  We will support their reintegration back into school after illness with variety of measures to reduce any potential anxieties.

We know you will be keen to assist us in removing any potential barriers to progress as you are as keen as we are to see your child achieving their full potential in school.  If you wish to seek advice about any matter of a confidential nature that may affect the wellbeing of your child, please contact Mrs Ruth Morgan who is the Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Inclusion and also the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Student Support Team 

Mrs R Morgan Inclusion Lead Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs R Berriman SENDCo 
Dr D Parry Senior Head of House
Mr E Lamb Head of Sixth Form Assistant Head Teacher
Mr R Galley Head of House
Mrs L Stacey Head of House
Miss K Nott Head of House
Dr F Morris Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Miss J Ricks SAGECo
Miss A Dadey Learning Mentor
Mrs L Shapter School based counsellor

What extra support do we provide at DHSG? 

Children who may have:

  • Dyslexia
  • Physical needs
  • ADHD
  • Hearing impairment support
  • Literacy difficulties
  • Broken education
  • Numeracy difficulties
  • Visual impairment support
  • English as an additional language
  • Autistic spectrum conditions
  • Support for those with medical needs
  • Dyspraxia
  • Support for those with mental health issues
  • Transgender transition support
  • Severe medical conditions
  • Mental health issues which affect daily life
  • Support for those with eating disorders

These pupils are supported in various ways to meet their individual needs and to build confidence and resilience along-side the skills necessary to reduce their barriers to learning.

Why and How? 


To enable all children to achieve everything they can to the best of their ability and to prepare them for their future lives, careers and relationships.


  • support in class
  • offering support and guidance
  • enhanced transition
  • links with psychology service
  • links with outside agencies including the CIT, NHS and many more
  • communicating needs to others
  • enhanced links with home
  • a place that feels safe and secure to air concerns
  • links with the school nurse and CAMHS and careers advice
  • offering a place for meetings and therapies to take place
  • forming a bond between teachers, home and pupils, carers and other professionals
  • offering testing and screening, help and advice
  • offering support groups for parents to enhance knowledge and share support mechanisms
  • close links to Plymouth City Council advisors in SEN
  • extended exam technique sessions

Our Learning Support base is staffed throughout the day for help with homework, access to advice or support. It also provides a safe environment to share and learn from one another. The student support team work closely with teachers in the classroom to ensure a high quality curriculum is delivered through a variety of techniques and personalised to meet individual needs We have staff that are trained to provide the best support possible for your child, and we strive to allow our students to reach their full potential regardless of their barriers to learning and to allow them to become well rounded individuals capable of planning and executing their own future.

What does the Learning Support Team offer? 

At DHSG the learning support team currently offer:

  • SEN drop-in
  • Homework support – drop-in
  • Social skills groups
  • Anger Management group
  • Anxiety Management group
  • Confidence and Self Esteem groups
  • Young carers support group and guidance
  • Exam technique advice
  • Counselling service
  • Careers advice
  • Literacy support
  • Support for those with eating disorders
  • Extensive confidence and self esteem courses
  • 1-2-1 support for various issues
  • Transition and extended transition to higher education

Documents and Policies

Please consult the following policy documents on the school websites policy page, for further information:

SEN Policy
School SEN Information Report
SEND Guide for Parents