Durham High

The School Day

Although the school day varies across the four sections of the school, our girls are part of a secure and happy family community, knowing they are valued. With stimulating academic and extra-curricular programs, all our girls stay engaged throughout their day.

Rainbow Hill Nursery

Girls can arrive from 8.00am and the Nursery is open until 3.00pm. Girls can then go into After School Care for supervised play until 5.30pm and have a light tea. Lunch is taken at 11.50am in the main school dining room. Part-time Nursery places are also available. 


Junior House

Junior girls may arrive in school from 8.00am and the school day begins at 8.40am. For Reception and Years 1 & 2 the day ends at 3.15pm and Years 3 to 6 finish at 3.40pm.  Lunch is taken in the dining room and extra-curricular activities are on offer during the lunch break as well as after school.

A Homework Club is available at the end of the school day until 5.30pm for Years 2 to 6 where they can read, play board games or complete their homework. Girls in Reception and Year 1 can go to After School Care for supervised play until 5.30pm and a light tea.

Junior School

Senior House

The Senior school day runs from 8.40am to 3.55pm although girls may arrive in school from 8.00am. The day begins either with an assembly or Form Time followed by five 65 minute lessons. During the 20 morning break girls can purchase snacks and lunch is taken in the dining room between 12.40 and 1.40pm. Extra-curricular activities take place at lunchtime and after school, while a supervised Homework Club in the library and ICT suite allows girls to use these facilities until 5.30pm.


Sixth Form

The girls can arrive in School from 8.00am and should attend registration at 8.40am. The Lower Sixth may leave School following their final afternoon timetabled lesson and the Upper Sixth are allowed to leave at 12.40pm if they are free. Sixth Form have the choice of taking school lunches or bringing their own food to consume in their Common Room or diner. The Sixth Form section of the library and the ICT facilities are available until 5.30pm.

Sixth Form