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Durston House

Durston House

12-14 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London, W5 2DR

020 8991 6530



Durston House
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory
Founded 1886
Headmaster Mr Giles Entwisle
Date Appointed September 2020
Boys Age Range 3-13 years
Number of pupils 389
Day fees per annum £4,750 - £6,180 per term
Average Class Size 15
Associations IAPS, ISC

Durston House is a leading London prep school for girls and boys aged 3 - 13. An education at Durston House is based upon academic rigour through excellent teaching, encouraging pupils to explore, question, take risks, and develop their creativity, communication and teamwork - all central to successful life-long learning. Durston House has a fine record of preparing pupils for Senior Schools in London and beyond. We take pride in the true and visible diversity of our community and embrace pupils and staff from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Durston House places an emphasis on high standards of work and targets that are commensurate with each pupil's personal development. We believe that it is hugely important to create an educational environment that encourages all pupils to be curious and enthusiastic about their opportunities to learn and grow. The manner in which this growth is guided is one of relaxed, quiet integrity of purpose, allowing pupils the freedom to develop themselves. This is the essence of our ongoing success.

In 2023 Durston House was awarded 17th on the ‘Top 20 School for Academic Results' according to The Sunday Times Parent Power List, and while this is a superb accolade to have, we know the key to success is through hard work and a desire to continually improve. Placing our pupils at the centre of everything we do and making sure every opportunity is taken so that each pupil is able to flourish.

A child's education here is shaped by the development of their character, curiosity to learn, discover more, and their expanding capability. The curriculum we offer is very broad, deep and rigorous, allowing ample opportunity for pupils to question and explore.

Lessons are delivered in a range of ways, taking account of different learning styles and preferences, and the certainty that pupils should explore and experience practically, not just from a textbook. Workshops, outings, trips and outdoor adventures complement the classroom experience across all year groups. Throughout the school there is an After-School Activities Programme, offering a wide range of activities from yoga, street dance, coding, skateboarding, photography and many more! After-School Activities at Durston House aim to inspire, enthuse and develop curiosity in pupils.

We have two impressive sports fields, with over 6 acres of playing fields. Sport is strong, with both of the school's playing field sites having floodlit, all-weather facilities; fixtures against other schools are common and there has been much sporting success in recent years.

Entry into Pre-School is non-selective, children can join the Pre-School in the term after they turn 3 years old, with a September, January or April entry point. From Year 1 onwards, entry assessment procedures are in place.