Welcome from the Headmaster

Durston House is a vibrant, stimulating, energetic and forward-looking school. We have a proud and long history with a fine record of achievement, whilst we look forward with confidence and energy.

At Durston we are proud of our diverse community, one which values people through mutual respect, compassion and warmth. At Durston we welcome pupils from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds; this is a school where pupils are taught from their earliest experiences, that a generosity of spirit, mutual respect and fairness really matter.

Pupils are recognised and appreciated for who they are as individuals. There is a wholehearted commitment to a holistic education, in which each individual and their talents come first. Our pupils shape the community and are supported and nurtured by teachers who really care. The excellent pastoral care at Durston allows for the school to flourish as the happy and relaxed place that it is.

An education here is based upon academic rigour through excellent teaching, encouraging our pupils to explore, question, take risks, and develop their creativity, communication and teamwork – all central to successful life-long learning. Our boys demand to be stimulated and challenged by their teachers, and in turn the expectations of our boys to be the best version of themselves is equally important. All of this is achieved through a spirit of humility and quiet determination.

At Durston we are proud of the academic achievements of our boys along with all they contribute to the broader aspects of the curriculum – the visual and performing arts, music and sport are all fundamental to a Durston education.

A boy’s education here is shaped by the development of his character by giving him the confidence and skills to excel, his curiosity to learn and discover more, and his expanding capability to succeed in all he takes on. These three concepts, Character, Curiosity and Capability are the cornerstones of his success at Durston House and his success in life.

I am very proud of all that a Durston experience has to offer. Please take a moment to explore the school through our website and I look forward to welcoming you to the school and getting to know you in person.

Giles Entwisle