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Headmaster’s Message

Kieran McLaughlin

Kieran McLaughlin

Headmaster, Durham School

Durham School has a 600 year tradition of providing an all-round education to day and boarding pupils. The School is fully co- educational and incorporates its own prep school, Bow, which is near to the Senior School campus. The school sits in a beautiful site close to its historic home and World Heritage site of the Cathedral precincts. The School maintains strong links with the Cathedral and also the University; the latter provides us with superb opportunities for pupils to take advantage of its facilities and work with its academics.

Academic life is at the heart of the School, and we offer a large number of subjects at A Level and GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to aim high, and we are proud of our record of helping pupils achieve, irrespective of their academic ability. In addition, we believe that pupils learn as much about themselves in what they do outside of the classroom as in their lessons, and the School offers a huge variety of extra-curricular activities. The School enjoys a richly deserved reputation for sport – notably rugby, hockey and rowing – and many Old Dunelmians have gone on to regional and national success in those areas. The School’s music and drama are also very strong, and we are one of the few all-Steinway Schools in the UK.

Our unofficial motto is Confidence for Life, and we are proud that Durham School offers this to all its pupils. They leave us as mature and responsible young men and women, imbued with the skills required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of traditional values which are timeless.
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