Mrs Lynne Renwick, HeadmistressWelcome to Durham High School for Girls where we provide a lively, friendly and caring community for girls throughout their school career from age 3 to 18. The High School is a Church of England foundation dating back to 1884. It is based firmly on Christian principles where every individual counts and where we believe each girl will find the spiritual and moral resources she needs to cope with the demands of life in the 21st century.

Durham High School was one of the first schools in the North East of England to take girls' education seriously and we are proud to continue that tradition today; we seek to develop the potential of every girl in all areas of life. We encourage academic excellence and a lifelong love of learning, but we also place great value on personal development in creative arts, in sport, in community service and in leadership.

A website can only give a brief glimpse of school life. May we warmly invite you to visit the school and discover for yourself what Durham High School for Girls has to offer.

Mrs Lynne Renwick



It's here!

View our inspection report to see why we're celebrating!

  • National Schools Netball Finals 2016

    Congratulations to the U14 netball team which has qualified for the National Schools Netball Finals in Brighton on March 19th.

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  • North Eastern Indoor Championships

    Jazmine Moss was back in action this weekend when she ran in the North Eastern Indoor Championships at Gateshead.

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  • Dressage Winners

    On Sunday 24th January, the DHS equestrian team competed at dressage against the rest of the North East.

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  • Director of Music Vacancy

    We are seeking a talented, enthusiastic, suitably qualified and experienced musician, from September 2016, to lead our exceptionally successful Music Department due to the retirement of the current post holder.

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  • Head of Modern Foreign Languages Vacancy

    We are seeking an enthusiastic, suitably qualified and experienced candidate from September 2016 to join our lively and highly successful Modern Foreign Languages Department due to the retirement of the current post holder.

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  • Oxbridge Success

    Congratulations to our Sixth Formers who have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. After gruelling interviews before Christmas, the good news landed on their doorsteps in the New Year.

    Three of the girls are Chemists: Jessica Crompton and Olivia Shiels are heading for Oxford to read Chemistry and Head Girl, Ellen Blowey, is destined for Cambridge to read Chemical Engineering. The fourth successful candidate is Ellie Whiteley whose expertise in Latin and Ancient Greek has earned her an offer from Oxford.

  • Northern Athletics Championships 2016

    On 16 and 17 January I competed in the Northern Indoor Championships at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport Arena.
    Jazmine Moss, Year 11

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  • Debating Successes

    We have had great success with our debating team teams recently. In the Debating Matters competition last month Sixth Formers Fern, Emily, Heena and Flaminia, formed two teams and both won their debate.

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  • Parent and Toddler Group

    Friday 20 November was the last Parent and Toddler Group session this term.

    The next session will be on Friday 8 January. We look forward to seeing you then.

  • BBC North East Junior Sports Achievement Award 2015

    Congratulations to Amy Tinkler for winning the BBC North East Junior Sports Achievement Award 2015.

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  • Foundation Stage Celebrate Diwali

    The Foundation Stage had lots of fun celebrating Diwali with Lara and Aanya!

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  • Remembrance Day

    Girls throughout the High School community joined together on Remembrance Day to honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

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