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Inclusivity and mutual respect are qualities integral to what makes Durham High School the exceptional place that it is.  Our pastoral care is exemplary; our young people feel secure as members of a happy and compassionate community, each knowing they are valued for their own talents and individuality. Pupils who are educated in pastorally supportive environments thrive; they are more likely to fulfil their academic potential and to develop their emotional intelligence.

I know our reputation for academic success is wholly justified and our academic achievements speak for themselves. As experts in the teaching of girls, we know how they learn and we provide the stimulating and supportive environment in which they can flourish. At Durham High, our pupils enjoy their academic studies and the challenges with which they are presented; they like the fact that it’s ‘cool’ to try hard and all have high aspirations. Small classes and committed staff are also crucial to success and each is assured of individual support.


I am proud to lead a school with such dynamic and enthusiastic members of staff. They are indefatigable in their efforts to secure the best possible outcomes for the young people in their care.

One of our aims at Durham High School is to ensure that every child is encouraged to develop her potential in all areas of life. Having an outlet from academic studies encourages a healthy work/life balance. This can spur our pupils on to even greater academic success.

Therefore, we have an extensive extra-curricular programme, with activities, trips and opportunities to suit everyone. Those of all ages are also encouraged to develop the leadership skills, confidence and mental resilience which will help them succeed in later life. Indubitably, one of the reasons our pupils achieve so much beyond the classroom is because of the single-sex environment where, as studies show, they are more willing to take risks and engage in new experiences.

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

Mrs M Hill

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