Durham High

Welcome from the Headmistress

I’m conscious of what a privilege it is to be headmistress of Durham High School for Girls: not only is it one of the leading schools in the North of England, but Durham High is also very much a family school, educating girls from Nursery through to Sixth Form on one site. We have a strong sense of community, evident from the moment anyone walks through our door; it comes as no surprise when visitors comment on the warm, friendly atmosphere.

Inclusivity is what that makes Durham High so unique. Our pastoral care is exceptional - girls enjoy being part of a secure and happy family community, knowing they are valued.  I am without doubt that happy girls do well and are more likely to fulfil their potential.

Durham High’s reputation for academic success is wholly justified: our academic achievements speak for themselves. We know how girls learn and we provide a stimulating, supportive environment in which they flourish. At Durham High, girls enjoy their studies; they like the fact that it's ‘cool’ to try hard and all have high aspirations. Small classes and a supportive environment are also crucial to success and each girl is assured of individual support. I am proud of my team of dedicated and dynamic staff who are always willing to go the extra mile.

One of our aims is to ensure that every girl is encouraged to develop her potential in all areas of life. Having an outlet from academic studies encourages a healthy work/life balance which, in my opinion, spurs the girls on to even greater academic success. To this end, we have an extensive extra-curricular programme with opportunities to suit everyone. Girls of all ages are encouraged to develop the leadership skills, confidence and ‘can do’ attitude which will help them succeed in later life.  I firmly believe that the reason our pupils achieve so much beyond the classroom is because of the single-sex environment, where they are more willing to take risks and engage in new experiences.

High expectations, both in and beyond the classroom, ensure High School girls leave us as well-rounded, independent and confident young women, with excellent academic qualifications and a sound moral and spiritual basis for the next stage of their lives.

If you are looking for the best education you can give your daughter, you need look no further than Durham High School for Girls. I encourage you to pay us a visit at any time and look forward to meeting you.