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A sense of community and history binds the pupils together, underpinned by the strong house system for day and boarding pupils alike. In recent years academic results have been record breaking. The school produces well-rounded, confident young people, who have opportunities to develop a wide range of talents to a high level. One of the oldest rowing clubs in the country (dates from 1847) - the whole 1970 crew represented GB and has current international stars. On Remembrance Day the whole school lines the stairs at twilight, holding candles, while a wreath is laid...

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Confidence for Life at Durham School - One of the oldest schools in Britain, Durham School is situated in the heart of Durham City, set in its own beautiful and extensive grounds. The school is fully co-educational and incorporates its own preparatory school (age 3-11) at Bow, Durham School. It offers a high quality total education to all. The School has a particularly high reputation for music, sport and drama.

We believe that Confidence for Life absolutely sums up what we aim to achieve. I hope that your browse through our entry and visit our website will encourage you to come and pay us a personal visit in the near future, for only by doing so can you really get a good feel for what makes Durham School so special and see for yourself why we are so proud of our 600 years of history and confident about the history yet to be made. Floreat Dunelmia!
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

Other features

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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Headmaster

Since 2014, Kieran McLaughlin (early 40s), previously deputy head (academic) at Rugby. Studied natural sciences at Cambridge, specialising in physics and theoretical physics. Has been head of science and technology at Sevenoaks and head of physics at City of London Girls. Attended selective boys' school St Edward’s College in Liverpool, having won an assisted place. In the past was the bass player in an obscure Liverpudlian rock band, as well as pursuing the ancient martial art of jiu-jitsu to black belt level. Married with three young children.

Feels that after some change the school needs time to consolidate. He brings experience of a variety of schools (Durham is his sixth): single sex, co-ed, city day, day and boarding, traditional boarding. Although only 15 per cent of pupils are regular boarders (25...

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