Durham High School for Girls 杜伦女子中学,
杜伦女子高级学校Farewell Hall, Durham DH1 3TB
Tel: 0191 384 3226 Fax: 0191 386 7381,
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 578, Upper sixth 32
• Termly fees £1815–£2435.
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1884 by the Church Schools Company, and transferred to a local
governing body in 1910. In 1968 it moved to new purpose-built premises at
Farewell Hall – a semi-rural site on the southern edge of Durham. There are
playing fields and a nature reserve within the grounds. The junior school (with
purpose-built nursery) is combined. A new science block, library and resources
centre and ICT rooms opened in 2003. Its aim is to give a sound general
education within a Christian framework (but all faiths are accepted) and
examination results are very good. PE, drama and music are very strong. A good
range of extra-curricular activities (including World Challenge and Model United
Nations), sports and games available. It has an excellent record in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 578 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 345 girls.
Entrance: Main entry at 3, 4, 10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. 45% of intake at 11 from state schools
(plus 20% to sixth form). 50% from own junior (enquiries to the Junior House
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Academic and music scholarships at
age 11–14; academic, music, sport and art at age 16. Large number of bursaries
at 11 and 16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; lunches and examination
Parents 15+% in industry or commerce; 15+% are doctors, lawyers etc;
5+% school or university teachers.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Ann J Templeman, in post since 1998. Educated at
Watford Grammar School and Oxford University (classics). Previously Deputy Head
at Haberdashers’ Aske’s (Girls), Head of Classics, North London Collegiate and
Head of Theology at Queen’s College London.
Teaching staff: 43 full time, 8 part time. Annual turnover 5%.
GCSE: In 2003, 38 pupils in Year 11: 98% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 66 (65 over 5 years).
A-levels: 39 in upper sixth: 8% passed in 4+ subjects; 90% in 3 subjects.
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 343.
University & college entrance Almost all sixth-form leavers go on to
a degree course (3% after a gap year), steady numbers to Oxbridge. 12% take
courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 4% in science &
engineering, 6% in law, 54% in humanities & social sciences, 4% in art & design,
19% in vocational subjects eg physiotherapy, optometry. A few typically go on to
art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels offered. 17 GCSE subjects, 24 at
AS-level, 21 A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 50% take science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities;
10% both. Key skills integrated into sixth form courses.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Some for pupils with dyslexia.
Languages: French (from age 5), German (from 12) and Italian (in sixth
form) offered at GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular visits abroad including French
château study holiday for 11-year-olds.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week) and across the
curriculum, eg visual presentation, data-logging in science, research. 50
computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), many networked and with email and
internet access. Most pupils take key skills in computing.
Music: 60% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Musical groups – orchestra, choir, chamber choir, wind band, jazz
band, various chamber groups.
Drama & dance: Drama and dance offered; pupils may take LAMDA exams.
Majority of pupils involved in annual school productions, some in house/other
Art & design: On average, 15 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Painting, drawing and
textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, tennis, rounders, hockey, netball, dance, gym, swimming
compulsory. Optional: football, badminton, aerobics, table tennis, skiing,
volleyball and karate, rowing. Pupils may take Carlton badminton awards, ASA and
BAGA exams. NE regional hockey players, county hockey and netball players.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. World Challenge expeditions. Community service optional from 14. Clubs
include dance, gym, hockey, badminton, netball, karate, tennis, rowing,
dry-skiing, Amnesty International, computing, Young Enterprise.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl and house captains. No
prefects; all sixth form take school responsibilities.
Religion: Church of England.
Social: Trips to France at age 11; regular visits to Germany and Italy
for 14–18; annual ski trips; trips to eg Berlin, Amsterdam, Pompeii. Sixth form
may bring own car/bike/motorbike to school. Meals self-service. No alcohol or
Discipline Disciplinary procedures decided as situation arises.
Former pupils Wendy Gibson (BBC North News); Wendy Craig (actress);