Durston House Parents’ Association

What is the DHPA? The DHPA is an open community of parent volunteers working alongside the school to benefit the school and ensure the best experience for all its pupils.

Contact us on: newdhpa@gmail.com


The main purpose of DHPA is to enhance the educational experience of pupils in the school in particular by:

  • Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents, pupils, governors and others associated with the school to create a stronger community.
  • Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school and enhance the educational experience of the pupils.
  • Raising funds for charities as selected by the school community.

How does the DHPA benefit the school?

Parents and care givers have a big impact on how well their kids do at school. Taking an active role in your PA is one of the ways you can make a difference and get involved:

  • We raise money to fund school initiatives through charity activities and events
  • We provide a social support network for parents
  • We provide volunteers and opportunities so that parents can support their child’s time at Durston House.

Committee Members: 2019-2022

  • DHPA Chair: Mrs Georgina Robinson
  • Vice Chair: Mrs Nazmin Pirmohamed
  • Treasurer: Mr Manish Bose
  • Co-Treasurer: Mrs Pooja Thapan
  • Secretary: Mrs Sharon Fasanya

Common Questions:

How can my skills be useful?

Although a warm welcome is great, there’s more to PA activities than home baking and serving tea:

  • Any parent can be a member, and every parent has skills to bring, from graphic design to gardening; from events management to balancing the books.
  • Could you help?
  • What skills do you have that we may need?

How much time can I commit?

Some of our most active mums and dads work full-time, or have other commitments. If your child has younger siblings, the PA is a great way to familiarise them with their future school. We all have lives away from school, and it’s OK to say “no”.

Examples of how you can commit, either at an event or behind the scenes, include:

  • Sort secondhand uniform
  • Contribute to termly newsletter
  • Promote easy fundraising
  • Help with particular event

Stay In Touch!

For info on activities and events and make suggestions for new events: Email: newdhpa@gmail.com

Memorial Fund for Miss Bell

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Miss Ashleigh Bell. They say that the true mark of a person is that they leave people and places better than they found them. Miss Bell was just this sort of person. She was a beloved teacher, friend and colleague to many at Durston during her nine years at the school.

In honour of Miss Bell, we would like to set up a place where the boys and staff can go to visit, reflect and remember her well. We hope to put the funds towards a fitting tribute of Miss Bell and, dependent on funds collected, may consist of a bench, tree etc. set within the Durston grounds. The DHPA have set up a JustGiving page where anyone in our community can contribute in her memory. We hope you will help us honour this beloved member of our community by JustGiving via the link below: