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Durham School

Day & Boarding School (Age 3-18)

Founded 1414

Durham School Scholarships

For entry in September 2015, now is the time to apply for one of our prestigious academic or non-academic scholarships!

Durham School offers prestigious academic and non academic awards for pupils entering the School into Years 7, 9 and 12 (The Sixth Form). The table below shows which awards are available at which age group.  

Age Academic Music Art Drama DT Sport
11+ * * * * * *
13+ * * * * * *
16+ * * * * *

General Points

All assessments for scholarships and awards (academic and non-academic) take place at the School at the same time as the Entrance Examinations.

For entry into our Sixth Form in September 2015 this takes place on Saturday 6th December 2014

  For entry into Years 7 or 9 in September 2015 our 11+ and 13+ examinations take place on Saturday 24th January 2015. 

All awards held are subject to regular review and are dependent upon continuing satisfactory behaviour and performance.

For details on all Scholarships and Awards please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs. Eileen Cathrae at

Academic Awards

Awards at I I +

Academic awards are available for pupils entering the School at age eleven and are awarded on performance in the 11+ Entrance Examinations. 

Awards at 13 + (King’s Scholarships)

King's Scholarships are awarded as a result of a candidate's performance in the Durham School 13+ Entrance Examination. This consists of examinations in English and Mathematics and a short interview. All candidates sitting the 13+ Entrance Examination will automatically be  considered for the award of a King’s Scholarship.

An "internal" King's Scholarship can be awarded to a suitably deserving pupil or pupils  at the end of Year 8; this award is based on the pupil's performance in the internal school examinations at the end of Year 8.

Sixth Form Awards (Burkitt Scholarships)

Burkitt Scholarships exist for those joining the Sixth Form from outside the School. Several Scholarships are awarded as a result of a competitive examination. Candidates sit 3 papers in English, Mathematics and a General paper and are invited to attend an interview. An internal Burkitt Scholarship is normally awarded to a Durham School pupil (not already a King's Scholar) who achieves outstanding results at GCSE.