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Facilities & Opportunities

Bow, Durham School offers excellent facilities for our juniors.

Bow, Durham School offers excellent facilities in all three departments of the School and in addition benefits from the extensive facilities at the Senior School, half a mile down the road.

EYFS and the Reception Class are situated in Quarryheads House, adjacent to the main Bow buildings. It is a grand, former family, home which adds to the cosy atmosphere we provide for our youngest pupils. Accommodation for Years 1 and 2 is conveniently situated in an adjoining building.

The main building houses the Prep Department, the ICT, French and History/Geography rooms, the library, the Dining Room and the administrative offices. It overlooks the cricket square and, in the background, the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

Creative Arts

Bow, Durham School has extensive facilities for Art and Music which take place in a listed building, called The Cottage, which was originally built as a toll-house into Durham City. The Art Room provides an excellent, large and light environment for the children to develop their creative skills and provides the space to tackle a wide range of techniques including the traditional drawing and painting but also where they are able to work in a variety of printing processes, pottery, sculpture and ICT as well as a number of other mediums.

The Music Room is well-resourced with keyboards and computers and there is a dedicated practice room with drums and clavinovas. We run a school choir, a Ceilidh band and other music ensembles and pupils have the opportunity to perform in a variety of concerts throughout the year, ranging from the mass participation Prep School Christmas concert to smaller Recital concerts. Instumental lessons can be easily arranged and roughly 60% of our Prep School pupils learn an instrument.


All of our pupils have the opportunity to appear on the stage in our Adamson Hall during the school year. The Pre-prep Nativity Musical is one of the highlights of the Christmas term, with seats much sought after! Forms 3 and 4 perform their production in the second half of the Easter Term and Form 5 and 6 entertain us during the summer term.

Speech and Drama: Pupils can attend this activity as part of the extra-curricular programme and develop their self-confidence in an enjoyable way. Pupils are often entered for LAMDA exams the sucess rate is impressive. 


Bow pupils from Reception upwards regularly use the ICT room with 15 networked terminals, each with filtered internet access.


Pupils from Year 3 upwards are taught by a Science Specialist in our own Science Laboratory, which is housed in the Spinney Block. Also in this block are Form 3’s classroom and another classroom whose main use can vary.


Facilities for sport at Bow are excellent and comprise a sports hall, a netball/ tennis court, pitches for  rugby and soccer and a fine cricket square with pavilion. Additionally, pupils at Bow have access to the wonderful all-weather pitch and the indoor swimming pool at the Senior School.

The Adamson Building

This is named after Charlie Adamson, a former Bow Headmaster and houses the sports hall and the English and Mathematics rooms. 

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