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Durham Private Boarding School

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Address: Quarryheads Ln, Durham DH1 4SZ, United Kingdom
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Description Durham Private Boarding School

Accommodation type: boarding house, residence

  • Type of studying: mixed.

Durham School Private School is one of the 4 oldest British schools: in 2014, it turned 600! Today, girls and boys from 3 to 18 years from all over the world, who are representatives of various countries and nationalities study here.

The institution is located in the north of England in the city of Durham: it is known as the capital of the homonymous county, is a rich historical city - especially fans appreciate the ancient architecture. From the Leeds International Airport, the campus is only 1.5 hours away by car, and even less takes time to the airports of Newcastle and Durham (the school organizes a convenient transfer).

The distinctive feature of the school is the academic preparation of the highest level, corresponding to the British standards of classical education. The teachers and administrators do not forget about the comprehensive development of the personality of each child - there is a huge number of sports and creative electives, studios, workshops clubs, so that each student will be able to show their talents and find something to their liking.

The total number of students reaches 626 people (of which 37 are foreign students). Boarding school is accepted mainly at the school, but there are also students on the day-boarding board (120 people live permanently in the residences). Thanks to membership in the organization The Headmasters 'and Headmistresses' Conference, the institution can provide students with the best conditions for living, recreation, leisure and studying on campus.

Separately it is worth noting the preparatory (primary) department of Prep School - this is full-time education for pupils of 3-11 years (now the department works for 126 young students).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Durham Private Boarding School

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
Annual
14-16
from 30 078 £ / year

A two-year course is designed for pupils of 14-16 years (grades 8-9), preceding the Sixth Form graduation courses and marking the receipt of incomplete secondary education. The curriculum includes both compulsory and optional subjects (students can choose independently) - only about 10 disciplines, at least half of which are surrendered in examinations. The list of subjects is as follows:

  • English and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Foreign languages ​​(French, German, Spanish)
  • Art and design
  • Classical civilizations
  • Acting skills
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical culture and sport.
Annual
16-18
from 35 022 £ / year

Academically complex and in-depth program is designed for high school students 16-18 years old, wishing to qualitatively prepare for entering the university. Students completely independently make up their curriculum: for the first year (AS), usually 4-5 priority subjects are chosen, on the second (A-level) there are only 3-4 of them, and they already give up on the exams. The list of subjects for selection is wide enough:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Design
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classical civilizations
  • Design of technologies
  • Acting skills
  • Economy
  • English and Literature
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Culture
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Foundations of religions
  • Spanish.

Accommodation, housing and food

For pupils who have chosen full board basis, there are 3 comfortable residences in the territory: two men's houses and one female residence. For senior pupils there are private bedrooms, students of junior and middle classes occupy rooms for several people. Each residence provides students with all the amenities: a sufficient number of toilets and showers, cozy living rooms, kitchens with home appliances and equipment. The pupils are constantly looked after by the teachers (Housemaster and Housemistress) and their assistants: the employees are always ready to help the children in solving any issue.

The meals are organized in a spacious school cafeteria: three times a day (full board) students enjoy tasty and healthy dishes, lots of fruits and vegetables.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Acting skills, art, biology, business, chemistry, Classical civilization, computer science, design, design and technology, drama, economics, English, English and Literature, English as a Foreign Language, English literature, foundations of religions, French, geography, german language, graphic design, history, IELTS preparation, Information Technology, Latin language, maths, music, Natural Sciences, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, Religious studies, Spanish, statistics

Events Durham Private Boarding School

The most popular sports among the students of the school are the following:

  • Rugby (one of the best teams in the country!)
  • Light and heavy athletics
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Cross
  • Squash
  • Water polo
  • Rowing
  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Fencing.

The school choir and orchestra are very popular among pupils, several music collectives, and the most gifted schoolchildren can perform solo and engage with teachers individually.

For senior students, a set is opened to the United Cadet Corps (CCF), you can participate in the competition for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize.

Recreational program specialists and school administrators regularly organize interesting and educational excursions, Britain and abroad, visits to theaters, museums, interesting exhibitions and shows.

Advantages

  • The principal of the school, Mr Martin George, was a student at the Durham School - he knows all of its features, distinguishing features, continuously develops and modernizes it;
  • In 2013, a graduate of the school earned a Gold Certificate of National Royal Olympiad in Chemistry, The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) UK Chemistry Olympiad (a total of 4,574 people!)
  • In 2013, a high school student (grade 12 student) took third place in the BBC Radio 2500 Words Competition;
  • The percentage of graduates entering prestigious universities is 99%. Almost all students, as a rule, choose elite universities from the members of the Russel Group, including academic citadels such as Oxford and Cambridge;
  • Among the graduates of Durham School are Alexander Armstrong (comedian and actor), William Fox (second in the history of Prime Minister of New Zealand), Thomas Cooke (18th-century English author, well-known translator).

Equipment Durham Private Boarding School

The school campus is very beautiful, made in the traditions of classical architecture, has a unique historical flavor. The territory has its own medical center, educational and administrative buildings, residences for children and employees, as well as for full-time students and a part-time boarding house (only 5 houses). Separately located the Center for Art and Design, the theater and music school, as well as its own church and CCF building, a large swimming pool.

The sports equipment of the school fully corresponds to high modern standards - all without exception the British schools are known for their attention to the physical development of pupils. Children can practice on numerous fields for team games or in an indoor multifunctional sports center, practice in the pool or at a boat station, attend athletics tracks and cross-country tracks.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The following components are paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Academic deposit
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy)
  • Medical insurance
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian's job)
  • School uniforms
  • Personal pocket expenses.

Extra fees:

  • Application fee 75 GBP
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 500 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Applicants must provide a report card from the previous place of study with grades for the last 2 years, as well as a certificate of knowledge of the English language (IELTS 4.5-5.5). In addition, they are waiting for entrance examinations and interview. Students who plan to attend the A-level course must provide a GCSE certificate: at least 5 disciplines must be submitted for high AB scores.

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