Come and play at one of our Outdoor Tots sessions

As rapidly head towards the end of term, there are still many events and activities taking place in school. Below you will find some of the key events taking place over the next four weeks, but please continue to check your emails regularly for any updates.


Saturday 10 June DHS Live! 1.00pm
Tuesday 13 June UCAS Evening for Year 12 7.00pm
Wednesday 14 June Prep Concert 6.30pm
Friday 16 June Bake Sale – Dirt is Good project Breaktime
Wednesday 21 June Parents and Friends Summer Celebration 6.30pm
Thursday 22 June Parent and Child Tennis 4.30pm
Friday 23 June Summer Lunchtime Concert 1.10pm
Saturday 24 June Old Girls’ Summer Lunch 12.00noon
Tuesday 27 June Welcome Day (Whole School) All day
Wednesday 28 June Senior Department Sports Day

Year 11 Prom

All day


Thursday 29 June Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner 7.00pm
Monday 3 July Year 6 Play 7.00pm
Tuesday 4 July Art Show

Year 6 Play



Wednesday 5 July Year 7 and 8 Production 7.00pm
Thursday 6 July Year 8 and 9 HPV Vaccinations

Year 6 Celebration Assembly

Year 7 and 8 Production




Friday 7 July End of Term 4.00pm

DHS Live!

We are delighted to be hosting DHS Live tomorrow, which is our outdoor summer music event to celebrate the talents of our pupils, alumnae and the wider school community. The event will run from 1.00pm – 5.00pm in the ground of Durham High School and the cost is £5 per person for entry. The proceeds from will be donated to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, whose ongoing work is integral to the local community.

You are invited to come down and bring your own picnic and blanket to enjoy the proceedings. There will be an ice cream van and inflatable slide for children throughout the afternoon. Please like and share our event page on Facebook and help us to spread the word.

National Council of Women Conference

It was wonderful to welcome Year 9 pupils from schools across County Durham this week to our annual National Council of Women (NCW) Conference. The reason for the event every year is to help raise the aspirations of young women in the area and open their eyes to the opportunities around them. Previous conferences have been focussed on the arts and STEM. This time the focus was on personal brand and encouraging girls to realise the value of their own strengths, with aim of supporting the NCW’s overall aim of ensuring that discrimination is eradicated from all areas of society.

Speakers included Sophie Milliken, who is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, author and investor, and Kari Owers, founder of of and a former North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year. Both are incredibly passionate about the region and, in particular, promoting women in business. In the afternoon, the pupils took part in a personal brand workshop led by The Girls’ Network, which is an organisation that strongly believes that no girls should have their futures limited by their gender, ethnicity, background, or parental income. Our thanks to all involved in making the day possible.

Bake Sale – Friday 16 June

Pupils in Senior Department will be holding a bake sale on Friday 16 June to raise money for the Dirt Is Good Project, which empowers young people with challenges, tools and ideas to take action to help create a better world. All donations are gratefully received and should be brought into school on the morning of the sale. Please ensure ingredients are clearly labelled. We would also encourage pupils to bring in some change on that day so that they can purchase goods.

Skiing Success

Phoebe in Year 7 entered her 2nd GBR skiing race and Twin Peaks competition last weekend in Scotland. Saturday was Twin Peaks at Fir park near Perth. Phoebe produced her fastest performance yet, finishing 4th U14 female in a field of 17. She was 0.04 secs away from 3rd place. Sunday was at Hillend near Edinburgh, which is a notoriously long and steep slope. This, coupled with a very difficult course, was a very tricky run, but she smashed her second run and even tackled the ‘wall’.

Parents and Friends Summer Celebration

The Parents and Friends would like to say a huge thank you to all parents and staff for their support this year. They will be holding an informal gathering at school on Wednesday 21 June between 6.30pm and 8.00pm. You are invited to come and join us for some nibbles and a glass of prosecco as we mark the end of another academic year. We look forward to seeing you there.

Step into the NHS Competition

Congratulations to Ananya G, Anindita H, Kloe I and Chloe M, who have been chosen as a regional area winner in the Step into the NHS Competition. Pupils across the UK were challenged to choose an NHS career that interests them, research the career’s key responsibilities, skills, experience and qualifications, and then create a fun and lively job advertisement to appeal to their peers.

From the hundreds of entries that were received, the group were named North East winners and will now take part in the virtual Winners’ Day on Friday 16 June. They will meet the competition judges online, before finding out who the overall national winner is. The winning entry will have their job advertisement displayed publicly for their local community to see. They will also each receive Amazon vouchers worth £50, an NHS goody bag and a framed certificate.

Sport Update

The U13 Tennis team played their first matches of the summer, performing well in both their singles and doubles matches, which were really competitive games. The team lost to Durham Johnston and won against Barnard Castle.

The U14 Cricket team played well in a close game against Durham School, losing by 6 runs. At the U14 Tyne and Wear Rounders Tournament the team won four out of their five matches. They finished tied with two other teams but missed out on the top spot by one rounder. Well done to all pupils who represented school this week.

Nearly New Uniform Sale

We will be holding a Nearly New Uniform Sale in school, for current and new parents, on Tuesday 27 June from 3.00pm-5.00pm in the Dining Room. We would be grateful for volunteers to help with either the set up or helping to run the sale. Please contact Mrs Steel on [email protected] if you are able to help. All support is greatly appreciated.

Year 5 Holy Island

Year 5 are studying Holy Island this term and they experience a trip up to Lindisfarne this week. Pupils enjoyed spending the day visiting the Priory, the coastline, the harbour and lime kilns and also spending time on the beach with an ice cream treat.

Summer Camps at Durham High School

We are delighted to be partnering with Kings Camps to offer activity camps for 5-17-year olds at Durham High School this summer. Since 1991, Kings has offered week-long programmes with a focus on being active and having fun. Kings Camps are here this summer to make school holidays healthy, enjoyable and memorable.

The Multi-Active programme is designed for 5-14-year olds, with activities running 8.15am to 5.30pm. The amazing Red Tops kick off each week with a whole camp warm up, group games and activities. Throughout the week children enjoy core sports sessions, as well as active games and activities that foster friendships and learning. Each week ends with the Kings Games – an opportunity for families to see what their children have been up to and join in the fun.

For 15-17-year olds there is the Rookie Academy, which is a programme that provides practical coaching and work experience as well as participation in sport with like-minded friends. Rookies work alongside the Red Tops, many who go on to work for Kings and is a great addition to Records of Achievement, and a perfect start for a career working with children. The sessions at Durham High School this year will run from 7-11 August, and 14-18 August. For dates, prices and to book, visit the website or call Kings Camps Membership Team on 01142632160.