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Durham School

Day & Boarding School (Age 3-18)

Founded 1414


About The Prep School

Girls and Boys (Age 3-11)

Bow, Durham School is the Preparatory School for Durham School and caters for day girls and day boys from the age of 3 through to 11, when it is hoped that pupils will move on to the Senior School. Durham School now offers a continuous education for girls and boys from 3 to 18.

Bow is situated in its own beautiful grounds within convenient walking distance of the Senior School and the city centre and overlooks the World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral.

It consists of three departments – The Badger Nursery (3-4), The Pre-preparatory Department (4-7) and the Preparatory Department (7-11) - which work closely together to provide a high quality all-round education for girls and boys up to the age of 11. With before and after school care, it offers great flexibility for today’s busy families.

Bow was founded in 1885 as an independent day school for boys aged 3 to 13 and moved to its present site in 1888. In 1976 the school was incorporated into the Durham School Foundation and formally became the Preparatory School for Durham School. In September 2006 we welcomed girls for the first time and our Years 7 and 8 moved up to the senior school. Effectively, this completed Bow’s transition to becoming the Preparatory Department of Durham School and means that we now cater for girls and boys from 3 through to 11.

Bow has excellent specialist classrooms, including a well-equipped science laboratory and computer room.

The Preparatory School has sporting and cultural links with Scuola Media Leonardo da Vinci in Rome.

ISI Report 2011

Overall Main Finding

"Bow is a happy school in which pupils’ good academic standards and achievements in a range of activities are celebrated and contribute effectively to their good personal development. The sound management and leadership of the school ensure a suitable quality of education is provided and demonstrate an exciting vision for the future of the school. Good pastoral care and productive relationships between home and school result in very well-behaved, hard-working, polite and courteous pupils."
(Independent Schools’ Inspectorate 2011)

A full copy of this inspection report is available on request from the school office.

"In less than a term, our daughter gained hugely in confidence and self-esteem and this in turn led to a huge improvement in her standard of work, helped by a very early (within 2 weeks) identification of the need for some learning support, which was implemented and within only a matter of weeks showing massive benefits The engagement in House musical activities, too, helped her build her self-assurance. In addition, the opportunities for games offered by the School mean that she has now played hockey for the school (she never achieved that in 8 years at her previous school) and has taken the opportunity to try rowing, a sport not even available previously. All this in only a few weeks!"
Mrs Neal, Parent