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The Chorister School

The College, Durham, Durham, County Durham, United Kingdom DH1 3EL

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 13
Annual Day Fees£9795 to £11985
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£8625 to £16470
Annual Full Boarding Fees£11985 to £22830

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
96Day51
11Full Board14
0Weekly0
107Total65

Number of Staff

Full-time: 45
Part-time: 10

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr Ian Wicks


As 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 Years 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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What we offer

  • Classics
  • Critical thinking
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Theology
  • Ancient Greek
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • First aid/life savers
  • Horse riding and management
  • Horticulture
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rowing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Hearing
  • Dyslexia
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Method of Entry

  • Please apply to school

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Choral
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial need
  • Organ
  • All-rounder
  • Sport
  • Means tested scholarships
  • Means tested bursaries

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • BSA
  • CSA
  • IAPS
  • ISA Independent
  • NAHT

Religious Affliations:

  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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