Durston House offers an academically rigorous, broad and varied curriculum. The academic curriculum runs alongside our complementary curriculum and these two strands offer a springboard for curiosity and opportunity. We want our boys to love learning and receive the highest quality of education. Our results speak for themselves, being the top rated boys school in England for KS2 results (The Times Parent Power List ) is an accolade we are extremely proud of.
A Durston education is brought to life by our impressive staff, who are drawn from all corners of the globe, bringing with them their unique experience, knowledge and skills to every aspect of school life. Our skilled and experienced teachers adapt to the pupils’ needs and use teaching styles and methods appropriate to the age, ability and preference of those in their charge. At Durston, we recognise that different individuals learn in different ways: some are visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners, and many exhibit a preference for a mixture of two or all of such learning styles.
We are academically ambitious for every pupil and our whole community works hard to make sure that every pupil is reaching his potential.
Our Academic curriculum is written and delivered with our clear objective in mind: to engender curiosity, kindling a passion for learning and a delight in discovery.
The Academic Curriculum embraces the Arts, the Humanities, the Sciences and Sport. The core subjects of English and Mathematics are enhanced and supplemented by the other areas of the curriculum. Topic work in Pre-Prep becomes Humanities in Junior School, while discrete Study Skills and Reasoning lessons are also introduced to develop the boys’ learning skills. By Middle and Upper Schools, boys are discovering their past and the physical world around them through the discrete subjects of History and Geography. By Years 7 and 8, general Science study has become a more focused investigation of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Having explored the ideas and skills of their own language through Pre-Prep, boys in Year 3 begin to apply them in French, and later, in Year 6, in Latin. In Physical Education, all that is learned and practised from the youngest years is given scope to excel and thrill in specific sports of Football, Rugby and Cricket, as well as Gymnastics and Athletics. The logic, the problem-solving of Mathematics are extended as boys advance, through algebra and advanced geometry. ICT skills for 21st century life and computing skills of programming and coding are developed from their earliest introduction in Year 1, and explored in greater depth year on year.
You can read more about individual subject departments here.
The aim of the Complementary Curriculum is simple: to support and enhance the Academic Curriculum and to develop activities and events that realise a young man’s true, holistic education.
The scope of the Complementary Curriculum is wide and includes the quality and delivery of Personal Development initiatives, such as Vertical Groups, the School Council, Assemblies, Anti-Bullying Week, charity work, extra-curricular workshops, the Literary Festival, STEM Week, visiting speakers, Activities and Enrichment, day outings, residential trips, drama productions, concerts and sports tournaments.
Find out more about our Complementary Curriculum here.