When considering Durston House for their son, it is important that prospective parents think about the sort of education they want for him and whether Durston is best placed to meet his academic and social needs. We are proud of the outcomes of our boys, in terms of their achievement and personal development, especially since we are non-selective at Reception entry. We believe the right sort of boy thrives at Durston and is well prepared for life at Senior School. We encourage prospective parents to visit us on Open Mornings, to gain a flavour of what it is we do and to see first-hand the happy, motivated boys as they go about their learning.
Prospective parents interested in the Durston education for their son, should contact the school’s Registrar for further information, or from the Admissions Policy, downloadable below.
Admission to Reception
Entry to Durston House at Reception is non-selective. There is no formal assessment of boys at this age.
To register for Reception, it is necessary to complete the Registration Form, which is downloadable below, returning it as soon as possible, with the Registration Fee, to the Registrar. Alternatively, the Registration Form can be obtained by contacting the Registrar directly.
Once the Registration Form has been received, parents are given the option to secure their son’s place at the school on payment of the acceptance fee of £1,800. Fifteen months before projected entry, the Headmaster gives an introductory talk to all prospective parents, to outline the ethos and protocols of the school, together with any important news and/or developments.
In the Autumn Term, the year prior to entry to Reception, prospective pupils are offered the chance to attend a ‘Taster Afternoon’. It is an opportunity for boys to experience a little of school life, whilst their parents and the school take time to reacquaint themselves.
Subsequently, that term, remaining places up to a maximum of 48 are offered, in order of registration. Prospective pupils with brothers already in the school are given priority. Parents are asked to confirm their acceptance of the place by paying the Acceptance Fee of £1,800. New parents who have accepted a place are notified about the ‘Welcome to Durston’ afternoon, to which they are asked to bring their sons. This takes place in the Summer Term before entry. New boys meet the Reception Teachers and Teaching Assistants, giving the staff an opportunity to make an informal assessment of them. Staff can ascertain something of the capabilities of each boy, allowing them to assign a balance of boys to the three Reception Form Classes.
Further information about the offer and acceptance of places can be found in the Admissions Policy, downloadable below.
Admission to Years 1-8
Admission to year groups other than Reception depends on availability of places and is based on an assessment and reference from the pupil’s current school. The purpose of both is to see if a prospective boy is academically and emotionally suited to the rigours of life at Durston House, able to cope with its academic demands and its expectations of social interaction.
Subject to the outcome of the assessment and satisfactory reference, a place is offered. Prospective pupils with brothers already in the school are given priority. To accept the place, prospective parents must complete the Acceptance Form and pay the Acceptance Fee of £1,800. Further information about the offer and acceptance of places can be found in the Admissions Policy, downloadable below.
The school retains the Acceptance Fee for the duration of the pupil’s education at Durston House. It is repaid once the pupil has left the school and the final account settled.