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It has been a lovely final week of term, and, despite the inclement weather, it has been wonderful to enjoy an array of festive activities from Nursery to Sixth Form. As we look to the end of term tomorrow, we are still celebrating the fantastic results of The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2023, which was published last week. It shows that the pupils and staff of Durham High School have performed remarkably, with the school rising over 135 places to be recognised as one of the top three independent schools in the region.

As the Principal of this wonderful school, I continue to be so proud of what your children, supported by our dedicated staff, continue to achieve. We sincerely wish you all a very merry and restful Christmas break, and are already looking forward to what 2023 will bring.

Nine Lessons and Carols

We were delighted to host our Nine Lessons and Carols Service in the glorious Durham Cathedral yesterday, with pupils and staff across the school performing so eloquently, as always. Our sincere thanks to the staff that have worked so hard to make the event run as smoothly as possible, and to those members of the school community who came out to support us.

School Christmas Closure

A reminder there will be no one monitoring telephone calls in school after 1pm tomorrow until we return in January. If you have any need to contact the school over the holiday, please email [email protected], but be aware that you may not receive a response before we return.

The entire school site will also be closed for Christmas, from Friday 23 December 2022 until Tuesday 3 January 2023. A reminder that Monday 9 January 2023 is also a staff INSET Day. All pupils will return the following day.


The latest reports for pupils in Senior Department will be available for parents from tomorrow. You will receive a copy of the report by email, and it will also be available to view in the School Gateway app by looking under the ‘Reporting’ section of your child’s profile.

Green Christmas Competition

Many thanks to all pupils who entered this competition about how we can reduce the environmental impacts of Christmas. We had lots of pledges made from across the school. Congratulations to the winning Tutor Group, which was 7D, who made the most pledges. A special mention must also go to L6DG for their lovely recyclable paper chain decoration!

Elf Run

Pupils in Pre-Prep and Prep took part in a sponsored Elf Run today, raising money for St Cuthbert’s Hospice. All year groups took it in turn to run, walk and skip around Sports Hall in return for sponsorship from their friends and families. Thank you for all of your donations.