There is a specific time set aside each evening for Boarders to complete their prep (homework). Pupils are registered at 6.40 p.m. and prep commences after a short House meeting until 8.30 p.m. Prep is supervised by a visiting tutor, and sixth formers may work in Houses with the permission of their Housemaster/mistress.
The Art and D.T. Department is open for pupils studying Art, Photography, and Design Technology at GCSE and A level.
The Boarding Programme provides a series of activities after prep through the week covering physical and cerebral challenges. Pupils enjoy swimming, basketball, dodge ball, football, lectures, visits, and many other new areas to them.
Weekends and Exeats
Durham School ensures that there is always a diverse range of exciting and engaging events at the weekend. While there is no formal teaching, School fixtures take place at home and away on a Saturday, and evenings provide a more relaxed atmosphere with film nights, joint House BBQs and socials.
On Sundays, the Houses often take trips or pupils can use the School's sporting facilities. Regular trips include the Metro Centre in Gateshead, paintballing, go-karting, the Newcastle Falcons, Wet 'n' Wild, the beach and so on. All Boarders can visit the cinema in Durham with organised trips on a frequent basis and trips further afield, such as to Edinburgh, occur on a termly basis.
Boarders are allowed Exeats and these are organised in cooperation with the relevant Housemaster/mistress. There are no restrictions to boarders seeing family on a weekend once their commitments to the School have been fulfilled.