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The Chorister School, County Durham

School Details
The College, Durham,
County Durham,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 191 384 2935
Fax: +44 191 383 1275

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Mrs Yvette Day

Mrs Katie Randle

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
BSA, ISA Independent, CSA, NAHT, IAPS
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
3 - 13
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Please apply to school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Choral, Music, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Financial need, Academic, Sport, Organ, Siblings, Means tested scholarships, Means tested bursaries, Clergy/Ministers

What we offer

  • Drama/Theatre
  • Classics
  • Theology
  • Photography
  • Government/Politics
  • Critical thinking
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Design technology
  • ICT
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Ancient Greek
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • Cross-country
  • Tennis
  • Fitness training
  • Touch rugby
  • Basketball
  • Ballet
  • Adventure training
  • Dance
  • First aid/life savers
  • Chess
  • Horticulture
  • Rowing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Horse riding and management
  • Drama productions
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Head PhotoAs the only independent prep school in Durham, the Chorister School provides the opportunity for girls and boys aged 3 to 13 to mature and develop within a secure, family atmosphere. Comprehensive before and after school care is available from breakfast to evening tea and flexi-boarding is a popular option.

The school is an oasis of calm in the middle Durham city. Fully co-educational and steeped in history, the school combines the very best of the traditions of a truly independent prep school with the best of the resources and teaching methods of the twenty first century . The school is proud of its pupils, for their impressive academic achievements, for their kindness and consideration, their generosity of spirit and their respect for others. Education of the whole child is a key tenet which runs throughout the school.

For the busy family the Chorister School offers before and after school care, and an impressive range of after school clubs and activities. Full-time, weekly or flexible mid-week boarding is also available.

From the first day they enter the new nursery to the day they are ready to leave for senior school at 13 children are offered the opportunities to succeed and excel wherever their skills take them. With a broad curriculum and a wealth of extra-curricular activities from sports to film club we offer something for every child. Many children win awards and scholarships to senior schools and in the past 12 years every child has won a place at their first choice school. From music to maths, French to fencing the Chorister School will find your child's forte.

Scholarships are offered at entry to Years 3 and 6 and sibling, clergy and armed forces discounts are available. Generous bursaries are also available for the boy and girl choristers who sing with the Cathedral Choir. Why not visit and see for yourself at one of our Open Mornings or ring for an appointment at your convenience.
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