Prep: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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We provide children with a caring and nurturing environment.

"Bow is a very happy place where, in a caring, family atmosphere, children are given every encouragement to reach their potential. We have high expectations for all children and there are numerous opportunities to succeed, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field, playing a musical instrument, or performing on stage. At Bow we value every child's achievements, no matter how small, and as educators in the broadest sense of the word, we put great emphasis on values such as respect, loyalty, tolerance, friendship and good manners.

"I believe that Bow offers a wonderful environment for children to spend their formative years. With dedicated, caring staff and excellent facilities, children at Bow are able to work and play happily in safe and secure surroundings. This is achieved within a clear Christian framework, although we also welcome children from other faiths.

"I invite you and your son or daughter to come and meet us, the staff and the children at Bow. You can be assured of a very warm welcome."

Sally Harrod, Headmistress of Bow, Durham School


Girls and Boys (Age 3-11)

Bow, Durham School is the Preparatory School for Durham School and caters for day girls and day boys from the age of 3 through to 11, when it is hoped that pupils will move on to the Senior School. Durham School now offers a continuous education for girls and boys from 3 to 18.

Bow is situated in its own beautiful grounds within convenient walking distance of the Senior School and the city centre and overlooks the World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral.

It consists of three departments - The Badger Nursery (3-4), The Pre-preparatory Department (4-7) and the Preparatory Department (7-11) - which work closely together to provide a high quality all-round education. With before and after school care, it offers great flexibility for today's busy families. Bow was founded in 1885 as an independent day school for boys aged 3 to 13 and moved to its present site in 1888. In 1976 the school was incorporated into the Durham School Foundation and formally became the Preparatory School for Durham School. In September 2006 Bow welcomed girls for the first time and the Years 7 and 8 moved up to the senior school. Effectively, this completed Bow's transition to becoming the Preparatory Department of Durham School.

David Younger, a former pupil at Bow, and now aged 25 years old, recently wrote to his former teachers, Ms Tyers and Mrs Wade: 

I recently drove past Bow after visiting my parents who have moved back to the area, and it prompted me to want to get in touch. I just wanted to say how much your teaching meant to me, and how much I valued my time at Bow. Alongside my parents, Bow gave me a confidence, optimism and love of learning that I still carry with me today, and which I cannot imagine I would have got to the same degree anywhere else. I still vividly remember the encouragement and praise you each gave me back then, and I feel incredibly lucky that when people talk about the one or two teachers that really meant something to them, I know I had an entire school of them at Bow.   

David Younger, Old Dunelmian
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