Durham High

Admissions Process

Mrs Andrea Thompson is the Head’s PA and your first point of contact for the Admissions process. You can contact her by:

If you get in touch during office hours, Mrs Thompson will be back to you within the hour and is happy to answer your questions. She can also make arrangements for a tour of the school or a taster day – whatever best suits your needs.

While there are standard entry points to the school, we remain open to entrants at any stage and girls find that they integrate very quickly.

Admission Criteria

Nursery (children aged 3+):

Informal assessment through play.

Infant and Junior Departments (children aged 4+, 7+ and 10+):  

Age-appropriate assessment.

Senior House  (11+ and 13+):

Examination, interview and school report.

The Entrance Examinations in English and Maths plus a Verbal Reasoning Test take place in January. Scholarships and bursaries are generally awarded at this point.

Sixth Form (16+)

Entrance Examinations, interview, school reference and GCSE results.

The Sixth Form Entrance Examinations take place in February. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded following GCSE results.

Christian Foundation

As a Church of England Foundation, Durham High School embraces Christian values and welcomes all those of other faiths and none. We appreciate the support which pupils and parents from all faiths show for our acts of worship and distinctive but inclusive ethos.

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Registration and Ethnicity Form (PDF 54kb)