Aims, Mission, Values: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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Aims, Mission, Values

Within a community shaped by moral integrity and kindness, Durham School aims to cultivate responsibility and ambition to ensure that every Dunelmian can thrive, be happy, and make a positive mark in the world.

The three pillars of Durham School which support this aim and so provide an environment where pupils can explore, make mistakes, learn and grow are:

  • Academic challenge which gives students a lifelong appetite for learning.
  • Pastoral care to provide our students with emotional, moral and spiritual strength.
  • Co-curricular opportunities which enrich and develop the individual, and foster leadership, collaboration and teamwork.

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A traditional British boarding school with a modern international community, Durham School encourages pupils to take full advantage of everything a busy, co-educational school has to offer, living life to the full as part of a community in which the individual flourishes.


  • Excellent pastoral care ensures pupils are known as individuals and challenged to develop their talents.
  • Houses create a sense of belonging that roots pupils to the School.


  • Faithful to its Cathedral foundation but respectful of the beliefs of others, collective worship and reflection build community.
  • Its location in the city centre enhances pupils’ learning through its well-established relationship with Durham University.


  • A full and rounded curriculum encourages pupils to aspire and have the confidence to succeed.
  • An inclusive ethos provides academic challenge for all abilities.


  • A full and varied programme challenges pupils to develop all aspects of their lives on the sports’ pitch, on stage, and elsewhere.
  • Healthy competition both within the School and outside provides opportunities to learn how to fail and how to succeed. 
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