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Grammar Schools in Devon: Complete Guide

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About Devon Grammar Schools

Making the right choice between different grammar schools can be an overwhelming decision for parents. With so many great grammar schools all offering amazing opportunities for your child it is often difficult to find comprehensive information concerning all the different options in your area. 

There are seven grammar schools in Devon, which all use the 11+ as their entrance exam: Colyton Grammar School, Devonport High School for Boys (DHSB), Devonport High School for Girls (DHSG), Plymouth High School for Girls (PHSG), Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Torquay Boys’ Grammar School (TBGS), and Torquay Girls’ Grammar School (TGGS). 

This guide aims to provide you with clear and useful information regarding these grammar schools. This will include general information, exam format details, and key information about each school, including statistics, facilities, results, and Ofsted reviews. 

In the coming sections of this article, the below listed key terms mean the following:

  • CAF: Common Application Form, the form you must submit to your local authority listing the schools of your choice in order of preference 
  • PAN: Published Admission Number, the number of places available for year 7 entry in 2024 at 11 plus (11+) level
  • EHCP: Education, Health and Care Plan, a legal document that describes a person’s special educational needs
  • Pupil Premium: a grant that improves educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils
  • PLAC: (previously) looked after children

Key information for 2024 entry to Devon Grammar Schools at 11 Plus (11+)

The grammar schools in Devon are in three separate local authorities and, therefore, admissions dates vary between the schools. 

Important dates:

Registration deadlines: 

  • Colyton: 8 September 2023
  • DHSG and PHSG: 17 August 2023
  • DHSB: 31 August 2023 
  • Churston Ferrers and TBGS, and TGGS: 7 September 2023

Exam dates: 

  • Colyton: 23 September 2023
  • DHSG, DHSB, and PHSG: 16 September 2023 (first exam), 23 September 2023 (second exam)
  • Churston Ferrers, TBGS, and TGGS: 16 September 2023, 29 September 2023 (alternate date)

Exam suppliers: 

  • Colyton Grammar School: Future Stories Community Enterprise (FSCE)
  • DHSG, DHSB, and PHSG: GL Assessment
  • Churston Ferrers, TBGS, and TGGS – GL Assessment

Results: mid-October 2023

CAF deadline & local authority: 31 October 2023

National School Offer Day: 1 March 2024

Admissions information:

Scoring: Age-standardised and ranked

Eligibility criteria: Year 6, within the catchment area

Priority criteria: (dependent on the school)

Admission Contact details: 

Exam format for the Devon Grammar Schools 11 plus (11+) entrance exam

As previously mentioned, the grammar schools in Devon are divided across three local authorities and, therefore, have different 11+ entrance exams. 

Colyton Grammar School

  • Children applying to this school will take their exam on 23 September 2023
  • The exam is written by FSCE
  • There are three papers in this exam:
    • Maths: a combination  of multiple-choice and free-response questions based on the Key Stage 2 (KS2) National Curriculum
    • English: a multiple-choice reading comprehension paper with questions based primarily on the KS2 National Curriculum
    • Creative writing: a writing assessment based on a prompt- it is advised that children spend 5 minutes of the test planning their answer and 15 minutes writing

 

The Devonport and Plymouth High Schools

  • Children applying to these schools will take their exams on 16 (English comprehension) and 23 (maths) September 2023
  • These papers are set by GL Assessment 
  • Both papers are multiple-choice and will last 1 hour 
  • Questions are based on the KS2 National Curriculum 
  • DHSB also sets an English creative writing assessment, which will also be taken on one of these days 

 

Churston Ferrers and the Torquay grammar schools

  • Children applying to these schools will take their exams on 16 September 2023
  • These papers are also set by GL Assessment
  • There are two multiple-choice papers- one in English and one in maths- both lasting approximately 1 hour
  • Both of these papers are based on the KS2 National Curriculum 

Colyton Grammar School

Colyton Grammar School 1
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School type: Co-educational grammar 

Number of pupils: 1,043

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 155

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 9

Headteacher: Tim Harris 

Address: Whitwell Lane, Colyford, Colton, EX24 6HN

Open event: www.colytongrammar.com/1044/key-dates 

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area

Priority criteria: looked after or previously looked after children, children eligible for Pupil Premium, all other children with the rank order based on test scores 

2022 Results: GCSE: 90.1% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 94.1% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Outstanding

School’s Contact details: 01297 552 327, [email protected] www.colytongrammar.com/

Devonport High School for Boys

Devonport High School for Boys
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School type: Boys’ grammar (co-educational sixth form)

Number of pupils: 1,250

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 180

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 173

Headteacher: Dan Roberts 

Address: Paradise Road, Stoke, Plymouth, PL1 5QP

Open event: www.dhsb.org/open-days 

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area

Priority criteria: looked after, or previously looked after, children, children eligible for Pupil Premium, the children of staff members, children who scored highly in the English paper, remaining spaces are allocated based on distance from the school

2022 Results: GCSE: 57.5% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 71.9% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Outstanding

School’s Contact details: 01752 208 787, [email protected], www.dhsb.org

Devonport High School for Girls

Devonport High School for Girls
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School type: Girls’ grammar (co-educational sixth form)

Number of pupils: 825

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 120

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 98

Headteacher: Lee Sargeant 

Address: Lyndhurst Road, Peverell, Plymouth, PL2 3DL

Open event: www.dhsg.co.uk/page/?title=OPEN+EVENTS&pid=168 

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area

Priority criteria: looked after, or previously looked after, children who achieve a test score equal to or higher than the cut-off score, children eligible for free school meals or Pupil Premium who achieve a test score equal to or higher than the cut-off score, all other children will be ranked by order of highest test scores

2022 Results: GCSE: 78.7% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 73.1% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Good

School’s Contact details: 01752 705 024, www.dhsg.co.uk/page/?title=Contact+Us&pid=2, www.dhsg.co.uk/

Plymouth High School for Girls

Plymouth High School for Girls
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School type: Girls’ grammar 

Number of pupils: 786

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 120

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 226

Headteacher: Simon Underdown 

Address: St Lawrence Road, Plymouth, PL4 6HT

Open event: www.phsg.org/news/?pid=3&nid=1&storyid=313 

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area 

Priority criteria: looked after, or previously looked after, children who achieve the qualifying score;, children eligible for Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score (max 12 places), all other children who achieve the qualifying score

2022 Results: GCSE: 59% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 64% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Good 

School’s Contact details: 03 333 602 230, [email protected], www.phsg.org

Churston Ferrers Grammar School

Churston Ferrers Grammar School
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School type: Co-educational grammar

Number of pupils: 931

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 150

Headteacher: Kieran Earley 

Address: Greenway Road, Brixham, TQ5 OLN

Open event: https://churstongrammar.com/11-tours/ 

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area 

Priority criteria: children who have scored the highest marks in the entrance test up to the 130th ranked candidate, the 131-180th ranked candidates, any remaining spaces will be allocated by rank order from 181st candidate 

2022 Results: GCSE: 65% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 70% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Good

School’s Contact details: 01803 842289, [email protected], https://churstongrammar.com

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

Torquay Boys Grammar School
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School type: Boys’ grammar (co-educational sixth form)

Number of pupils: 1,096

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 156

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 188

Headteacher: Peter Lawrence

Address: Shipay Manor Drive, Torquay, TQ2 7EL

Open event: https://www.tbgs.co.uk/open-evening/ 

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area

Priority criteria: looked after, or previously looked after, children, children eligible for Pupil Premium, all other children

2022 Results: GCSE: 58.6% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 69.7% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Good

School’s Contact details: 01803 615 501, [email protected], www.tbgs.co.uk

Torquay Girls’ Grammar School

Torquay Girls Grammar School
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School type: Girls’ grammar

Number of pupils: 984

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 160

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 90

Headteacher: Sarah Forster

Address: 30 Shiphay Lane, Shipay, Torquay, TQ2 7DY

Open event: information available here

Catchment area: this school does not have a catchment area

Priority criteria: looked after, or previously looked after, children, children eligible for Pupil Premium, children of staff members, children who have siblings at the school, children who live the closest to the school 

2022 Results: GCSE: 69.9% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 78.7% students achieved grades A*-B

Ofsted ranking: Outstanding

School’s Contact details: 01803 613 215,  [email protected], http://tggsacademy.org/

Examberry Papers

The most effective way to prepare for the Devon 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests written by experts.

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