Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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We are still accepting new applications for September 2020/21. Email admissions@durhamschool.co.uk for more details

Congratulations to our pupils who achieved 70% A*-B in their A levels. Click to read more.

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A message from The Headmaster

At Durham School we believe in educating the whole person in the very broadest sense. Of course, academic life is at the heart of what we do, and we are proud of our record of helping pupils achieve highly, irrespective of their academic ability.

Our unofficial motto at Durham School is 'Confidence for Life', and we believe this confidence allows our pupils to succeed in all areas of School life. The confidence that Durham School instils in its pupils is one that comes from understanding themselves: knowing their strengths and weaknesses so they are able to build on the former and work for on the latter.

Confidence comes from having a clear sense of right and wrong; the confidence to be one's own person means the ability to make the right choice rather than the expedient one. Confidence comes from experience; from having tried, failed and learned from the setback.

Confidence comes from preparation; the knowledge that pupils have put in the effort before an exam, a fixture or a concert so that they are ready for the challenge when it arrives. Confidence comes from an understanding of others; an awareness of people as individuals, with a diversity to be celebrated.

Although we are a small school, we are big in ambition. We want our pupils to leave us as mature and responsible young men and women, imbued with the skills required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of traditional values, which are timeless. Our values - moral integrity, ambition, responsibility, and kindness - are the MARK of a Durham School education and these give our pupils Confidence for Life.

But don't just take our word for it - come and see for yourselves. Every day is an Open Day at Durham School so please get in touch and we will organise a visit.

Kieran McLaughlin

Headmaster of Durham School

Prep School

A message from the Head of Bow, Durham School

Bow, Durham School has a happy and vibrant atmosphere where we encourage our children to thrive in a supportive environment. Our curriculum centres around developing the ‘whole child’ and creating an education that encourages a love of learning and developing individuals to be equipped for a diverse and changing world.

A tailored academic programme ensures high standards are achieved right across the school and we encourage each child to strive to fulfil their potential. Pupils’ progress is closely monitored at every stage of their learning, this allows us to both support, stretch and challenge our children as individuals. We aim to take learning beyond the classroom with an extensive co-curricular programme, giving children the opportunities to develop important personal, social and emotional skills.

Please contact us to book a personal visit, I very much look forward to meeting you.

Sally Harrod

Head of Bow

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5th Oldest Rugby Club in the World

Established 607 years ago

A*-B pass rate at A level in 2019
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