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With just one week to go until the end of term, there are still many events and activities taking place in school. Below you will find some of the key events still to come:


Monday 3 July Cross Curricular Project – Year 7 and 8

Year 6 Play

All Day


Tuesday 4 July Cross Curricular Project – Year 7 and 8

Nursery and Reception trip to Butterfly World

Art Show

Year 6 Play

All Day




Wednesday 5 July Cross Curricular Project – Year 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 Production

All Day


Thursday 6 July Year 8 and 9 HPV Vaccinations

ABRSM Music Examinations

Year 6 Celebration Assembly

Year 7 and 8 Production





Friday 7 July End of Term 4.00pm


Netball Camps at Durham High School

We are delighted to be offering another Netball camp to Prep pupils this Summer. The camps provide high quality Netball coaching to girls aged 8-11, regardless of their ability or which school they go to. Miss Cartwright will be running these sessions at Durham High School.

Activities will include games, group drills, individual player development and plenty of match play. The emphasis will be on fun and player game understanding. The sessions will run on the following date:

  • Thursday 20 and Friday 21 July
  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July
  • Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August
  • Tuesday 29 August and Wednesday 30 August

For more information and to book please email [email protected].

Staff Leavers

Next week, we will be bidding farewell to Dr Currie in Maths, Mrs Jackson in Geography, Miss McGeorge in Physics, Mrs Butler in RE, Dr Hardy in Music and Miss Armitage in History. We will also be saying goodbye to Miss Walton and Mrs Cowey, who leave their temporary posts as Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Technician respectively. Mr Tennant is also heading off, as he retires from the Facilities Management team after more than 25 years at the school. We thank them all for their fantastic service to Durham High School and wish them the very best for the future.

Darcy in the English Schools’ Finals

Darcy in Year 10 has been selected to represent Durham in Javelin at the English Schools’ Finals in Birmingham this weekend. She is currently number one in the North East at U17 level. Good luck Darcy!

Engineering Pathway Courses.

The Smallpeice Trust is committed to creating new pathways into engineering and helping young people fulfil their potential. These fun courses are for students aged 12 to 17 and cover a variety of fascinating engineering topics.

There are both residential and virtual courses, so if you have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths or think of yourself as a creative problem solver, you can find out more and register at

Year 5 in The Big Debate

A group of Year 5s were chosen to attend The Big Debate at County Hall on Wednesday. They prepared points that they wished to raise about a wide variety of fascinating debate topics, such as ‘Should students get homework?’

Durham Youth Council were organising the event, including some familiar faces from Senior Department. The Prep pupils all got a chance to speak in the main chamber and raised some very interesting points, in a clear and confident manner. Well done to all involved!

Minimus Latin

Some of the students who have attended Minimus Latin this year received their achievement certificates earlier this week. They have enjoyed learning about the Roman language and myths across the year, and playing games like ‘Simo dicit’ (Simon says). Minimus will be back from October for all Year 5 and 6 pupils, so look out for more details after the Summer.

Prep Sport

The U10 and U11 netball teams welcomed Whinney Banks Primary School on Monday for an out-of-season friendly match. There was one win, one defeat, and great netball all round. Well done to all!

Prep Extra-curricular Clubs

With a very busy last week of the term ahead, please note there will be no extra-curricular clubs running for Pre-Prep and Prep pupils next week.

Tennis Camps

The Durham Archery Lawn Tennis Club (DALTC) will be running tennis camps during the summer holidays for children aged 5 and above.

The cost is £15 for either a morning or afternoon session, and £30 for the full day. For more details and to sign up, call 07403333635.

Installation of new Chancellor at Durham University

Head Girl Georgia, her successor Phoebe and Mrs Hill attended the Installation of the new Chancellor of Durham University yesterday, as Dr Fiona Hill was officially appointed to the post. Dr Hill spent a large part of her career serving as a Presidential Advisor in the USA, having served under the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations across numerous positions.

It was a real privilege and honour to be part of the occasion, and the girls were delighted to meet Dr Hill, where they were able to ask questions about what it was like working in the White House. She also gave Georgia and Phoebe some tips on public speaking.

Volunteering opportunities at Durham University

Team Durham Holiday Camps are looking for volunteers aged 14+ to join their team this summer, to help support their programme of sport and dance camps that they will be running. Volunteers can offer anything from 1 day to 4 weeks and can opt into the new Sports Volunteering Academy, which will include both development and recognition for academy members. More information, pre-training and confirmation of hours will follow by the end of June/early July. You can sign up here.

Senior Sport

In Climbing, good luck to Charlotte, Robyn, Hannah E and Hannah S who are representing Durham High at the Inter-Schools Climbing Competition in Newcastle. In Rounders, at the Area Tournaments this week, the U12s finished in second position and the U15s won their tournament. Congratulations to all players.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a fantastic Senior Department Sports Day at Maiden Castle. It was a wonderful occasion which showcased incredible talent, determination and camaraderie. Pupils supported each other brilliantly, participating in a range of track and field events, despite being in fierce competition for their Houses. The day ended with the 4x100m relays, which included a staff and Sixth Form race.  A big thank you to all staff and the Facilities Team who officiated the events and allowed the day to run so smoothly.

Congratulations to our Championship Athletes; Megan and Phoebe (Year 7), Millie (Year 8), Harriet (Year 9) and Darcy (Year 10) and special mention to our school record breakers, Millie in the Year 8 1500m, 300m and High Jump, Annabelle in the Year 8 Shot Put, Charlotte in the Year 8 Long Jump and Triple Jump and Mae in the Year 10 300m.

Great North Air Ambulance Service

There was a non-uniform day in school today to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. As part of the day, staff took on the Sixth Form in a rounders match at lunchtime. Ice lollies were on sale to Spectators, which helped raise further funds for the charity. In total, we collected £360 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Communication over the holidays

A reminder that the school breaks up for the Summer holidays from Friday, 7 July. Please be aware that there will be nobody monitoring telephone calls from 6pm on that evening, until the middle of August, and phone messages will only be checked sporadically. If you have any reason for which you need to contact the school, please email [email protected], but please be aware that you may not receive an immediate response.