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Small class sizes (extremely small in the sixth form) mean girls get excellent individual attention from a very committed and happy staff. All the pupils and parents we spoke to raved about the teaching. Very strong pastoral care sits at the heart of the DHSG offer to pupils and seems to have equal weighting with academics. Uniform is smart and very traditional, boaters and felt hats are still



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What the school says...

Durham High School is unique as the only girls’ school in County Durham, and its distinctiveness also stems from being an all-through school, educating girls from Nursery through to the Sixth Form on one site.
Our pastoral care is exemplary; girls feel secure as members of a caring, compassionate community, each knowing she is valued for her own talents and individuality. Visitors invariably comment on the warm, happy atmosphere in school.
As experts in the teaching of girls, we know how girls learn and we provide the stimulating and supportive environment in which they can flourish. Girls here enjoy their academic studies and the challenges with which they are presented; they like the fact that it's ‘cool’ to try hard and all have high aspirations. With small classes and committed staff, each girl is assured of individual support and teachers are indefatigable in their efforts to secure the best possible outcomes for the girls in their care.
We have an extensive extra-curricular programme, with activities, trips and opportunities to suit everyone. Girls are also encouraged to develop the leadership skills, confidence and mental resilience which will help them succeed in later life.
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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.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Simone Niblock MA, PGCE. With a Lancashire mill town background she was state educated and the first from her school to gain entry to Oxford where she read English at St Anne's College before undertaking a PGCE at Trinity College Cambridge. Warm, down to earth and pragmatic, she has a wealth of experience in the independent and boarding sectors having worked at St Edmund’s, Hertfordshire; Stockport Grammar; Perse girls, Cambridge; Shrewsbury, where she was head of English and director of studies and finally senior deputy head at Queen Margaret’s, York. ‘Girls’ schools are my metier, my niche,’ she says and throughout our conversation it is clear she combines deep understanding of what makes girls' education tick with a determination to modernise. She describes DHSG on her arrival as ‘delightfully old fashioned and...

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Special Education Needs

We have in-school screening for Specific Learning Difficulties. We have a designated Learning Support Room with appropriate resources. We have an Educational Pyschologist who works with the school, assessing and following up individual needs. SpLD students are given a weekly lesson with a qualified SpLD teacher and support within the curriculum, if parents request it. For those with literacy and numeracy difficulties, we give help on an individual or small group basis. Other support for hearing difficulties is given usually through the LEA sensory support services working with the school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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