Durham High

Welcome to the Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form is a home from home. When taking a break from studies, the common room is a cosy refuge for a chat with friends. There’s a kitchen/diner too, and the study room with its networked computers. The Sixth Form suite asserts the special status of the older girls, but affords ample interaction with the whole school community where the girls are leaders and role models.

Academically, our Sixth Form is demanding but worth all the effort. Our A levels are consistently among the highest in the North East, and this is testimony to the tenacity of our students and the efforts of highly qualified, specialist teachers who are right beside you. Meanwhile, your pastoral tutors get to know you really well and are always on hand to give you support - or a push!

Sixth Form

And there’s more. Our enrichment programme includes guest speakers, life skills and current affairs, as well as the ‘survival cookery’ you’ll need if you’ve never looked after yourself before! Girls always come up with original ways of helping charities and are creative geniuses when it comes to House events.  Many Sixth Formers fundraise for their trip to Sri Lanka where they support orphans and new mothers.

Having fun together creates lasting friendships and girls will tell you that the Sixth Form feels like one large family. Pizza evenings, film afternoons, trips and end of term eccentricities are a great release from work and the summer ball is always the highlight of the year.

Girls and staff go out of their way to make new students feel at home and our induction programme makes the transition very easy. After a few weeks the newcomer and the veteran are indistinguishable behind the coffee cups and laughter of the common room. Before long you’ll feel as if you’ve been here forever and you’ll leave with excellent qualifications and friends for life.