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Durham School

Day & Boarding School (Age 3-18)

Founded 1414


Host Families

Occasionally during term time and especially during half-term holidays, our overseas full-time boarders greatly benefit from a warm welcome by local families with whom they experience all of the wonderful variety British life has to offer.  It is a win-win situation where pupils can practice their English and really engage with their new home culture, and Durham School families can develop relationships with pupils and their families from other cultures.

In summary, host families show hospitality to our overseas full-time boarding pupils during half-term holidays, are available in emergencies, and keep in touch with the School and the pupils’ parents during term time. We love to see our pupils embraced by caring local families who welcome them to a home away from home. This might include inviting them over for an occasional Sunday lunch, celebrating birthdays and special achievements with them, supporting them in sports fixtures, etc. Such an experience during these pupils’ formative years is in alignment with the School’s goal of increasing their confidence for life.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this programme, either by being hosted or by hosting a pupil, please contact Mrs Anne Sharp through her website here.

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"Having not been at such a big school before, I wasn't at all sure what to expect but I needn't have worried about anything because everyone in MacLeod was so friendly; all the girls look after one another making you feel extremely comfortable and at home. You soon settle in to the routine of lessons and especially the routine of tea and toast."
Harriet Ward, MacLeod House