Whilst Durham School has a strong Anglican tradition, we welcome pupils of all religions and beliefs and value the contribution their experiences and insights bring to the school.
Our beautiful chapel is both literally and figuratively at the heart of the school. The building sits at the top of the school site commanding a magnificent view of Durham Cathedral, and is where the entire school meets together four times a week. If you ask former pupils what they most miss about Durham School, the answer is frequently ‘Chapel’.
The Chapel was built in the 1920s as a memorial to the 98 Old Dunelmians who died in the First World War. During the Second World War a further 79 Old Dunelmians were killed, and the names from both wars are inscribed on the pillars inside the Chapel.
What Happens In Chapel?
Our main chapel service is on Friday afternoons and rounds off the school week. On three other days there is a morning service. One Friday service in each half-term is Holy Communion and at least one other is planned and led by pupils. The annual Service of Remembrance, held on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday, is a particularly poignant occasion as we remember the dead and pray for peace.
Each term we hold a service in the Cathedral, and we also go there for our annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols. Parents and friends are welcome at these Cathedral services, in which pupils are encouraged to play an active role.