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Durham School

Durham School

Quarryheads Lane, Durham, DH1 4SZ

+44 (0)191 731 9270


Durham School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Headmaster Mr Kieran McLaughlin
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC

Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation (DCSF) provides girls and boys aged 3 to 18 with a complete education. Our pupils leave with moral integrity, an ambition for achievement, a responsibility for their actions and a kindness to others. DCSF comprises the leading independent Preparatory and Senior schools of Chorister School and Durham School.

Both schools sit in the heart of historic Durham, and provide academic excellence and extensive co-curricular opportunities to pupils from the North East and beyond. The Foundation's mission is to imbue our pupils with an education that is not only academic, but also practical. We aim to ensure that our pupils leave us as ambitious, happy, confident young people who are ready to make their mark on the world.

The Foundation and the wider community embody the values of Moral Integrity, Ambition, Responsibility, and Kindness - or MARK. Our staff and pupils embody these values and are encouraged to make their MARK in all that they do.

The Chorister School, for girls and boys ages 3 to 11, is home to our Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory schools, at the Cathedral Site and Bow Site respectively. At the Bow Site, we nurture children from the age of 3 to develop a love of learning that will support them throughout the rest of their school life, and beyond. Pupils are given every encouragement to pursue their interests and reach their full potential. Our extensive co-curricular programme is open to pupils from Year 1 and up, allowing them to develop through both work and play.

Children in Years 3-6 are taught primarily at the Cathedral Site, in the shadow of the majestic Durham Cathedral. Pupils are gradually introduced to specialist subjects in preparation for their transition to Senior School. Children are also able to turn their co-curricular activities into life skills through examinations in music, participating in solo or group performances, and sharing their abilities with others. Having social and emotional foundations in place supports academic success as the children move forward in their educational journey. Our creative, holistic approach to education at Chorister School is what sets us apart.

DCSF is also home to the largest school cathedral choir north of Cambridge. The Choristers of Durham Cathedral receive an outstanding musical education as well as their everyday schooling. Singing choristers can start as young as seven and continue until age 13.

Durham School is the Senior School of the Foundation, educating pupils ages 11 to 18. It is rated in the top 5% of schools nationally for individual pupils' academic performance (known as Value Added).

Centred around a warm and inclusive pastoral structure, Durham School prepares pupils for today, tomorrow, and life beyond school via a variety of academic and co-curricular ventures. Our centuries-old system creates a support network for pupils where both individual and team achievements are both encouraged and celebrated. We offer co-curricular opportunities from academic lectures, musical and dramatic performances, modern pentathlon, various societies, clubs, and activities, and a whole host of sporting opportunities.

Our extensive network of alumni, or 'Old Dunelmians' as they are known, continue to support the Foundation and its pupils by giving gifts of their time and knowledge to help our ambitious pupils achieve their goals.