Come and play at one of our Outdoor Tots sessions

We have been raising awareness of Mental Health this week in school. The theme is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health. Additional activities have taken place at lunchtime this week, providing more movement opportunities. These included a walk in the woods, Pilates and Just Dance. The activities have offered girls across the school an opportunity to have some down time, away from revision for girls in Senior Department, ahead of School Exam Week.

This week on our social media, we have been shining a light on our school’s dedicated Counsellor, Ian Quigley and the impact that his service makes on the girls at Durham High. You can read more about this on our website. Thank you, Ian, for all your efforts to support the wellbeing of our staff and girls.

There was an interesting article in the Guardian Newspaper published earlier in the week, focussing on research concluding that girls who attend all-girls schools get better exam results than girls with similar records and backgrounds at mixed schools, and they also out-do boys at all-boys schools. This is particularly relevant considering our Year 11s and Upper Sixth are settling into their GCSE and A Level exams. This research is something we have always known at Durham High School. You can read more about all-girls’ success in this Guardian article.

I would like to congratulate our wonderful Ballet dancers in Pre-Prep and Prep who have achieved some fantastic results in their recent exams. Mrs Hall and Mrs Hopper will be presenting the certificates and trophies in assembly, when they arrive. We are very proud girls!

I hope our Pre-Prep and Prep parents enjoy Sports Day next week and I’m looking forward to seeing grandparents on Friday for our Pre-Prep and Prep Grandparents Day.

Year 4 and 5 – Bamburgh Trip

Girls in Year 4 and 5 have been in Bamburgh as part of their summer term work. Girls have spent two nights, where they visited the beautiful island of Lindisfarne, enjoyed a guided tour of the historic Bamburgh Castle, and learned about a local heroine in the Grace Darling Museum. They also enjoyed their boat trip around the Farne islands.

Thank you to Mrs Hopper, Mrs Booth and Mrs Tipple for accompanying the girls on their trip. We received some super feedback from Bamburgh Castle regarding the exemplary behaviour of our girls. You can see it on our Facebook Page. Well done for being such amazing ambassadors girls!

Cheerleading Success

Congratulations to Eliana and her team mates, for coming first place in their division at the cheerleading competition in Amsterdam. The team received a coveted bid to compete at the Summit Championship at Disney World Resort Florida in May 2025, which is incredible news. Well done!

Gold Duke of Edinburgh

Congratulations to Old Girls Jenny and Clara, who left DHS in 2018, who were at Buckingham Palace this week celebrating their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – well done girls on a fantastic achievement!

Kate’s Oliver performance

Kate in Year 7, recently performed in the Tyne Theatre Stage School production of Oliver Jr. at The Whitley Bay Playhouse. Kate performed as part of Fagin’s gang and as Rose, a flower seller, singing the beautiful Solo, “Who will buy?”. Well done, Kate!

Rana talent agency success

Rana in Year 7 recently attended International Performing Arts and Theatre (IPATH) talent auditions in London representing her Musical Theatre school. She was one of many that performed in a Matilda based workshop audition process, where she had to show off her singing, dancing and acting skills. She was successful and has now been offered a contract with the IPATH talent agency. A tremendous achievement – well done Rana, we are very proud!

Sport Update

The week began with two U13 teams playing in friendly cricket matches against Newcastle High School. Both teams played well making significant improvement to their batting. The A team narrowly lost and the B team secured their first win of the season. Congratulations to all players and to our players of the match Phoebe and Tiah.

On Tuesday all our Athletics teams were in action at the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup. This is a team competition where events are scored on a points basis. There were some outstanding individual performances, however, most importantly every athlete played their part working to the best of their ability to score valuable points for their team. We are still awaiting the overall results.

Both the U13 and U15 cricket teams have played Framwellgate Moor School this week. On Tuesday, despite excellent effort from all players the U13’s lost 42 to 66. On Wednesday the U15’s gave a very confident performance and won their match 151 to 69. Congratulations to the POTM Mia and Hannah.

Our U11 Cricket team enjoyed attending a fun festival hosted by Newcastle Royal Grammar School on Monday. It provided a wonderful opportunity for players to gain match play experience. Well done to all players.

Stay and Play – Nursery

Following the success of our first session, we are delighted to welcome Nursery parents to join their daughter in Nursery as part of our latest ‘Stay and Play’. This is an excellent opportunity for you and your daughter to spend some relaxed time together and play in our wonderful Nursery setting. It will take place on Tuesday 4 June between 1.30pm-3.15pm. If you would like to come along, please complete the form on School Gateway. The afternoon will also be open to prospective parents of girls aged between 2-4. If you know of anyone that would like to attend, they can book a free place by clicking here.