Durham School

Durham School’s mission is to provide its students with a complete education; one which instils in them an aspiration for achievement, a respect for others and a confidence for life.

The three pillars of Durham School which support this mission and so provide an environment where pupils can explore, make mistakes, learn and grow are:

  • Academic challenge which gives students a lifelong appetite for learning.
  • Pastoral care to provide our students with emotional, moral and spiritual strength.
  • Co-curricular opportunities which enrich and develop the individual, and foster leadership, collaboration and teamwork.

We do this by nurturing and supporting our students to become:

  • Thinkers who can understand, research, evaluate and create, both collaboratively and independently.
  • Individuals who are morally sound, emotionally resilient, reflective and effective communicators.
  • Adults who act with responsibility, humility and kindness and are ready to make a positive contribution to society.

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A traditional British boarding school with a modern international community, Durham School encourages pupils to take full advantage of everything a busy, co-educational school has to offer, living life to the full as part of a community in which the individual flourishes.


  • Excellent pastoral care ensures pupils are known as individuals and challenged to develop their talents.
  • Houses create a sense of belonging that roots pupils to the School.


  • Faithful to its Cathedral foundation but respectful of the beliefs of others, collective worship and reflection build community.
  • Its location in the city centre enhances pupils’ learning through its well-established relationship with Durham University.


  • A full and rounded curriculum encourages pupils to aspire and have the confidence to succeed.
  • An inclusive ethos provides academic challenge for all abilities.


  • A full and varied programme challenges pupils to develop all aspects of their lives on the sports’ pitch, on stage, and elsewhere.
  • Healthy competition both within the School and outside provides opportunities to learn how to fail and how to succeed.


Girls and Boys (Age 3-11)

We provide children with a caring and nurturing environment.


Our house system creates a support network for pupils where both individual and team achievements are both encouraged and celebrated.

Sixth Form

Our pupils are given all the right tools and advice to prepare and progress for either university or the modern world.

Fees 2015-2016

Class Year Group Termly Fee Annual Fee
Nursery Badgers – Full time provision £1,666 * £4,998 *
Forms 0-2 Reception & Years 1-2 £2,760 £8,280
Forms 3-6 Years 3-6 £3,452 £10,356
Day Pupil Years 7-8 £4,504 £13,512
Day Pupil Years 9-13 £5,412 £16,236
Weekly Boarder* Years 7-8 £6,665 £19,995
Weekly Boarder* Years 9-13 £7,965 £23,895
Full Boarder Years 7-8 £7,665 £22,995
Full Boarder Years 9-13 £8,832 £26,496
Overseas Full Boarder Years 7-8 £8,332 £24,996
Overseas Full Boarder Years 9-13 £9,500 £28,500

* As a member of the Early Years Funding Scheme these fees are shown after deducting the early years funding contribution and are based on full time provision. If you would like part time provision please contact the School for a specific fees quotation.

Fees include all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – for all pupils, boarding and day.