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  • Durham High Junior School for Girls
    Farewell Hall
    DH1 3TB
  • Head: Mrs Sue McElrue
  • T 01913 843226
  • F 01913 867381
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Durham
  • Pupils: 98
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £4,515 - £10,665 pa
  • Open days: Saturday 2 October, Saturday 20 November, Mon-Fri 31 January – 4 February – Open Week Saturday 11 June – Open Morning
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Durham High School for Girls

What says..

House system in place throughout whole school and ‘we get to join the same house as our big sisters,’ one junior told us enthusiastically. Weekly celebration assembly, where pupil with the highest number of house points gets a badge and has photo on a board. Science taught in junior classrooms but gifted scientists and those with an interest in science in years 5 and 6 join others from Durham primary schools each Thursday evening for Science Sparks, held in senior school laboratories. Confident, happy and articulate girls...


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What the school says...

Visitors to Junior House at Durham High School for Girls are struck by our friendly, family atmosphere. Staff take time getting to know every girl well so we can meet her needs and help her develop socially, morally and spiritually into a confident, happy individual.
Our curriculum is broad and stimulating with exciting lessons so that classrooms are busy, creative places of active learning. Because of our small class sizes, there is plenty personalised learning. Music, PE and languages are taught by specialists. There are educational visits for each year group linked to the curriculum and plenty of outdoor learning on offer with an experienced Forest School Leader. An extensive extra-curricular programme includes sport, music, cooking, karate and Irish dancing.
When our girls leave Junior House in Year 6, they are very well-prepared to ‘hit the ground running’ in Senior House where they continue to thrive.
The EYFS unit is run by an experienced EYFS teacher with the support of EYFS Teaching Assistant experts - Children can start after 3rd birthday.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2021, Sue McElrue, previously head Newcastle High School for Girls. She has also been head of a large primary school, an education lecturer at Newcastle University and head of the Gateshead School centred initial teacher training. ‘I believe a happy child will be a successful child and always work to ensure every child enjoys school and achieves success,’ she says.


At 3+, 4+, 7+ and 10+: by age appropriate assessment. Takes just above average ability.

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