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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 individualised learning. Music, PE and languages are taught by specialists and from Year 5 the girls have lessons in the Senior House labs. There are trips for each year group linked to the curriculum and plenty of outdoor learning. An extensive extra-curricular programme includes Latin 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.
Rainbow Hill Nursery - Children can start after 3rd birthday.
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Head

Since 2013, Katherine Anderson (50s), previously acting head. Hasn't strayed far from Durham High: was a pupil here in the 70s and daughter followed in her footsteps; BEd from Neville's Cross Physical Education College in Durham; brief spell teaching PE at a comprehensive school then back to Durham High in 1986 as head of senior school PE. Has been here ever since, in roles including director of marketing and head of junior house. Husband, Richard, is an agricultural engineer.

Entrance

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

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