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Girls spoke appreciatively of teachers' personal approach and the amount of individual attention they get. Parents speak highly of teachers who ‘build relationships with each child individually and get to know what makes them tick’. Childrens’ mental health high on teachers’ agenda. Without exception, girls spoke of support and encouragement from teachers; being known well; talents spotted; confidence built. Supplemented by trained counsellor plus school chaplain. The seniors' play is performed at the Gala Theatre in Durham - the school's drama studio stage is, cleverly, the same size, to facilitate the transfer...



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What the school says...

Sunday service once a month term time only all families and friends welcome. 'Explorers' (Sunday school) operates for all 3-11 year olds during this time,'Pathfinders' is for 11-14 year old children.

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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 2012, Mrs Lynne Renwick BEd (50s). Returning to her roots, born in Durham, read history and education and spent a short period working for the National Trust. Moved between independent and state sectors; Tadcaster Grammar; Walton High School for Girls in West Midlands; head of history at GSA British girls' school in Peru; spent time in Japan as part of a British delegation of educators. Head of humanities at Dixon’s City Technology College in Bradford, assistant head at All Saints School in York, principal of Our Lady’s Abingdon, Oxfordshire. ISI inspector, member of the professional development committee of GSA, former governor of Cranford House School, Oxfordshire.

Says that she ‘loved teaching in all girl schools and knew she wanted to be head of one’. Believes that Durham High girls are...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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