Durham High


In a school founded by the Church of England and with the cross of St Cuthbert in its logo, you would expect to find a commitment to his values and a distinctive Christian voice to invite discipleship and to encourage debate and mutual respect. We hope we strike the right balance at Durham High, welcoming those of all faiths and none.

The Church of England tradition is enshrined in our perennial celebrations. The magnificent Carol Service in Durham Cathedral and the Sixth Form Leavers’ service are highlights of the year. Inclusive weekly assemblies and the reflective atmosphere of voluntary communion services in school are led by our ordained Chaplain, Rev Brett Vallis and show that God’s presence can be felt anywhere.

Baptism and confirmation afford ways of deepening spiritual awareness in the Christian tradition and there is provision for these rites of passage in the Cathedral or local parish churches, according to preference. There are also vibrant Christian Union clubs for different year groups in school, where lunch-time sandwiches and prayer go hand in hand with bible study, films and activities.

In Durham High you will find a school at peace with its Christian foundation and cheerfully open to all ideas.