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Durham School

Durham School

Durham City, Durham, DH1 4SZ

+44 (0)191 386 4783



Durham School
School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1414
Headmaster Mr K McLaughlin
Date Appointed September 2014
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 560
Number of boys 383
Number of girls 177
Number of sixth formers 156
Day fees per annum £2,756 - £5,331 per term
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £7,347 - £8,786 per term
Boarding fees per annum £8,460 - £9,846 per term
Overseas Boarders (Years 7-13) £9,182 - £10,589 per term
Average Class Size 15-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations HMC,BSA

Durham School provides an excellent education for 3 to 18-year-old girls and boys, in the heart of the impressive City of Durham. Our School, which is over 600 years old, has a strong sense of tradition and pupils are encouraged to value the experiences and lessons learnt of those who came before. However, it is a School that relishes the challenge of preparing pupils for the modern day world and the speed at which it changes. Our mission is to provide our students with a complete education; one which instils in them an aspiration for achievement, a respect for others whilst instilling a confidence for life.

The three pillars of Durham School which support this mission 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.

We do this by nurturing and supporting our students to become:

  • Thinkers who can understand, research, evaluate and create, both collaboratively and independently.
  • Individuals who are morally sound, emotionally resilient, reflective and effective communicators.
  • Adults who act with responsibility, humility and kindness and are ready to make a positive contribution to society.

Our Facilities - At the Senior School (11-18 years) we have five Houses, four of which cater for boarders be they full, weekly or flexi boarders. We have well equipped classrooms to facilitate a high standard of academic education to all our pupils. Our Prep School (3-11 years) offers fantastic facilities to all its day pupils; from an outdoor adventure playground to a fully equipped science laboratory. Our extensive grounds, of some 35 acres, overlook the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and are home to numerous rugby pitches, cricket greens, a swimming pool, an all-weather pitch, a gym and a boat club to mention just a few of our sporting facilities. We also have a dedicated sixth form centre, careers office, theatre, music studio and practice rooms.

Chapel - The Senior School’s Chapel is a pivotal part of the School's daily life and ethos and is where the pupils meet four times a week, it also hosts many musical concerts. Although the Chapel is of a strong Anglican heritage we welcome pupils from all faiths and beliefs and value the contribution that they bring to the School. The School always ends its week with a Chapel Service where pupils gather to hear and celebrate about each other’s achievements.

Academic Life - We offer an education that aims to add value and inspire the individual pupil nurturing and encouraging them as individuals to aim high and to achieve to the best of their abilities. We believe that the supportive nature of the whole Durham School community and house system provide the pastoral care that facilitates pupils having the confidence to pursue their academic studies with vigour and enthusiasm, leading them to achieve the highest results. Our pupils are well rounded and have shown to be able to excel in the classroom, on the sports field and in the concert hall as well in social situations, leadership tasks and preparation for life beyond school at university and the world of work. Indeed our Alumni include a long list of distinguished and eminent professionals working in such disciplines as medicine, law, business and the arts.