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Prep schools in Durham

Are you looking for a prep school in Durham? Search here to find and compare independent preparatory schools.

You will find a list of all preparatory and junior schools in Durham at the bottom of this page. You can use the search filters below to narrow your prep school search: you can choose day or boarding schools, girls' or boys' schools, or find and compare the schools nearest to you with our postcode search.

Click on a school's name for more information. Prep schools with full profiles appear at the top of the listings in highlighted panels. Some schools provide links to their social media and you can also watch school videos.

Many prep schools are members of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), which is a good source of initial advice about preparatory education.

You can also read preparatory school news and feature articles in our editorial section, including articles on the benefits of a prep school education and the issues to consider and questions to ask when choosing a school.

You will also find more helpful articles on choosing a schoolfinding the fees, and an explanation of exams and qualifications.

If you are looking for an independent special needs school, see our sister website:

These search results are from, the online guide to independent schools in the UK, in partnership with John Catt's Which School? guidebook, first published in 1924, and John Catt's Preparatory Schools. We hope you find the perfect school for your child!

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Barnard Castle Senior School

Barnard Castle,
DL12 8UN,

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

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Barnard Castle Preparatory School

Westwick Road,
Barnard Castle,
DL12 8UW,

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Chorister School (Cathedral)

The College,

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Preparatory.

Durham High School for Girls

Farewell Hall,
South Road,

Girls, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Independent Grammar School: Durham


Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.