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Durham School, County Durham

School Details
School Crest
Quarryheads Lane,
County Durham,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 191 386 4783
Fax: +44 191 383 1025

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Mr K McLaughlin

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
11 - 18
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:

References, Visit school, Taster days, Scholarship exam, GCSE results, Report from previous school, Please apply to school, Entry test or exam, Audition, Interview, Assessment

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Academic, 6th Form, Art, Armed forces discounts or bursaries

What we offer

  • ICT
  • Classics
  • Critical thinking
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Government/Politics
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Psychology
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Athletics
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Cricket
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Shooting
  • Sailing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Chess
  • Canoeing
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Adventure training
  • Rowing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Epilepsy

School Video

Head PhotoBow, Durham School is the Preparatory School for Durham School but has enjoyed its own site overlooked by the world famous Cathedral since 1888. The spacious grounds give scope for pupils to play energetically and safely and recent developments include major refurbishment of the main school block and a new state-of-the-art Nursery facility. In addition, pupils at Bow are able to access many of the excellent facilities at the Senior School, such as the swimming pool, theatre, squash courts and sports hall.

Bow is now a fully co-educational 3 to 11 school, with the vast majority of pupils proceeding to the Senior School at the end of Year 6. There are currently around 120 boys and 35 girls at Bow, with the number of girls steadily growing.

A high pupil-teacher ratio is maintained and small classes are considered vital. In the Pre-prep Department, the curriculum is broad and varied, with emphasis being placed upon language, number and science. Here and throughout the school, all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered and much more besides. As pupils progress through the school, they are taught by specialist subject teachers. Pupils begin French in year 3 and Latin in year 5.

Music, art and drama form an integral part of life at Bow and we have an active choir and ceilidh band who perform regularly both to parents and in the local community. From September 2012, Durham School will become an All-Steinway Accredited School and the only such school in the North of England. Two major drama productions are performed each year by the Prep School pupils and one by the Pre-prep. All pupils have the opportunity to attend speech and drama sessions as one of their extra-curricular activities.

The School has an outstanding tradition in competitive sport and the main sports are rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders, football, swimming and athletics. However, winning is not everything, and the pupils learn to enjoy their sport with most representing the school at some time in their career. Opportunities also exist for cross-country, squash, badminton, gymnastics, fencing, karate and judo, either in games time or as extra-curricular activities.

Bow is a very happy school and in a caring family atmosphere, pupils are encouraged to achieve their potential. We expect high standards from them but, at the same time, we value every pupil’s achievements, no matter how small. Great emphasis is placed on values such as respect, loyalty, tolerance, friendship and courtesy and we work within a clear Christian framework.

The pupils themselves are the best advertisement for Bow, Durham School and you are most warmly invited to come and meet the staff and pupils and see round the School.
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