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We have a splendid position right in the middle of Durham, yet tucked away in a peaceful and quiet corner with plenty of open spaces and playing fields on our doorstep. We are able to keep pupil numbers carefully controlled which means that the children know each other and all the staff. We are also a happy school with a strong sense of belonging and where pastoral care is as important as academic achievement.

The Pre-Prep and Nursery is a well-established, fully co-educational unit within the school. The children learn French from Reception and enjoy a much broader curriculum than is often available. Specialist teachers take classes in music and games and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in a range of after school activities, wrap around care is available. During Reception and Year 1 the children are taught in a small and self-contained environment. By Year 2 the children start to participate in more activities which bring them into contact with the Prep School and so help them to prepare for the transition in Year 3.

We are the only stand-alone preparatory school in Durham, and have an excellent academic record, with many pupils transferring to their chosen senior schools with scholarship awards academic, music, sport, art and drama. We have a very vibrant music department and can offer additional private lessons for almost all instruments. Art and sport are all strong, and there is a wide selection of clubs and activities in the afternoons after lessons are over.
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Other features

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.


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


Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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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