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Inspection Reports

'Outstanding Pastoral Care'


Durham School has been praised for rising academic standards and excellent pastoral care in our latest ISI report (November 2015).

The report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) noted GCSE and A Level results were above the national average for maintained schools and highlighted that ‘standards are rising further.’

In 2015, three Durham School A Level students achieved Oxbridge places, 63.1 per cent achieved A*-B grades and 29 went on to study at Russell Group universities – results which put it among an elite band of North East schools.

The report followed a four day visit to the Senior School and Bow, during which inspectors observed lessons, interviewed pupils and staff, viewed work and facilities and recorded the views of parents via questionnaires.

Along with the school’s success ‘in recruiting high-quality teaching staff, inspectors reported that `the extra-curricular programme in the senior school is a significant strength.’

Not only have senior school pupils recorded wins at regional and national level in rowing, hockey and rugby, but a number have secured professional rugby contracts.

Pupils have also gained gold and silver awards in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and high grades in national music examinations.

The school’s ‘excellent’ pastoral care was praised for enabling ‘pupils to grow in confidence and thrive, in a warm and caring environment,’ with the report also noting the school’s ‘extremely strong’ links with parents.

The report added, ‘pupils throughout the school are well educated and achieve well. They reflect the school’s aims to enable pupils to explore, make mistakes, learn and grow and develop a lifelong appetite for learning.’

“I am delighted with the ISI’s findings,” said Headmaster Kieran McLaughlin. “Its report is wide ranging and detailed and testament to the hard work of teachers and pupils alike.

“While noting our continued academic success, it also reflects the importance we place on the development of life skills and confidence, with special mention given to pupils’ attentiveness and motivation.”

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