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School site is fabulous, a leafy oasis with the feel of an Oxbridge college in the centre of Durham. Drama and music are real strengths - large-scale productions are staged both in school and at the Sage, Gateshead. Pupils said, ‘There are lots of opportunities to perform.  One parent of a day pupil said, ‘We only live five minutes' walk away but my son wants to board because there is so much going on and it’s such fun’…


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What the school says...

Durham School and Chorister School together make up the Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation, founded on 600+ years of educational excellence.

The schools offer independent, 3-18, co-educational, day and boarding opportunities at the heart of the university city of Durham.

Academically driven, pastorally strong, values focussed and pupil-centric, our children and young adults thrive in an environment focused on developing confidence for life and respect for all. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Kieran McLaughlin, head of Durham School since 2014 and principal of the newly formed Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation since 2021. This means he has oversight of the Chorister School prep and pre-prep, created from the amalgamation of Durham Cathedral School and Bow Durham School.

Happily drinking from a mug with the legend ‘I’m a headmaster, what’s your superpower?’ he seemed to us every inch the seasoned head with the experience and gravitas to take on a complex project bringing together three schools across three sites. He is clearly enjoying the challenge and the opportunities this has brought to develop the schools further.

A no-nonsense northerner originally from Merseyside and with a physics degree from Jesus College, Cambridge, he’s a teaching head with his feet firmly in...

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