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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...

Rainbow Hill Nursery - Children can start after 3rd birthday. ISI Inspection Report 2010 reported all aspects of provision in the Foundation Stage at Durham High School For Girls Junior School to be Outstanding.

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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.

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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; nursery: by informal assessment through play. Takes just above average ability.

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