Houses and Pastoral Care
Visitors to the School frequently comment on the friendliness of our community. The happiness of all our pupils is at the very top of our list of priorities and it is primarily through our fabulous House system that we strive to ensure this.
We hope you enjoy finding out a little about our House system when you browse through this section of the site.
Please contact the School if you would like to find out more. A visit to one of the five Houses (and the chance to speak to a Housemaster or Housemistress) is normally included in any tour of the School by prospective parents.
Here are some of the key features that make our pastoral care system so special:
- Separate buildings with excellent facilities for leisure and private study
- Single-sex haven within a co-educational community
- Dedicated and experienced staff (some of them resident) always on hand to talk to pupils and/or their parents
- Vertical system means that pupils belong to their House for their entire time at the School, develop a strong sense of belonging and become very well known to the House staff
- Opportunities for leadership - senior pupils can play an active role in looking after junior pupils in their House, thus developing important life skills
- House councils ensure that pupils’ opinions are heard
- Regular House competitions foster intense loyalty within the Houses and a friendly rivalry between them
... and many more!
Durham School has provided an enriching environment for our two very different sons. The House system creates a support network for pupils where both individual and team achievements are encouraged and celebrated."
Mrs Catherine Wood, Parent