Top 10 schools in Durham

10 of the best public and private schools in Durham

Durham schools cater to every age group and ability level. 

The city is home to several well-performing primary and secondary schools.

The following are 10 of what we think are the best in the city.

Red Rose Primary School

Red Rose Primary School is one of the finest schools in Durham, catering for the city for over 100 years and being known for its welcoming atmosphere and strong sense of community. 

With dedicated staff and a curriculum that encourages families to get involved, students are able to thrive both academically and socially.

Bluebell Meadow Primary School

Bluebell Meadow is known for its nurturing environment and dedicated teachers. 

The school prioritises each child's individual growth and development, providing a balanced curriculum that combines academic learning with creative activities.

Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery School

Located in the heart of Durham, Broom Cottages offers a vibrant learning environment for young learners. 

Their modern facilities and engaging curriculum provide students with a solid foundation for future academic success. 

The school values creativity and exploration, fostering a love for learning in every child.

St. Mary's C of E Primary School

At St. Mary's, education goes beyond academics. Rooted in a strong Catholic ethos, the school emphasises moral values and personal growth. 

Students not only excel academically but also develop qualities such as compassion, integrity, and resilience. 

St. Mary's provides a holistic education that prepares students for success in all aspects of life.

Evenwood C of E Primary School

Evenwood C of E Primary School prides itself on its innovative approach to education. 

With a curriculum focused on wellbeing and hands-on lessons that encourage students to engage deeply with their study, students at Evenwood are empowered to reach their full potential.

The school fosters a supportive community where students feel encouraged to explore new ideas and challenge themselves.

The Academy at Shotton Hall

The Academy at Shotton Hall offers a comprehensive education that celebrates individual talents and interests. 

Through a diverse range of subjects and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to explore their passions and pursue their goals. 

The school's 'Outstanding' rating from its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2013 reflects its dedication to providing an enriching and supportive learning environment.

Walker Riverside Academy

Located in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the Walker Riverside Academy is a hub of innovation and academic excellence. 

With state-of-the-art facilities and a dynamic curriculum, they prepare students for success in an ever-changing world. 

The school encourages critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, empowering students to become lifelong learners.

Durham High School for Girls

Durham High School for Girls is renowned for its academic excellence and holistic approach to education. 

With a focus on intellectual curiosity and personal development, they inspire students to achieve their highest potential. 

The school's outstanding facilities and dedicated teachers create a stimulating learning environment where students thrive academically and socially.

Croft Community School

Croft Community School specialises in supporting students with additional learning needs.

Through personalised learning plans and a nurturing environment, they empower students to achieve their academic and personal goals. 

The school's positive ethos and strong sense of community create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where every student can thrive.

Durham Trinity School and Sports College

Durham trinity is unique as it takes in students from two years old – offering a part time nursery service - and continuing to work with students until they are 19 years old – through their secondary and Post-16 class. 

The school provides a safe space and the necessary tools to help them get the most out of their time in school. 

With a curriculum specifically designed to support children with autism or profound, moderate, severe, or complex learning difficulties, the school also offers a range of specialist facilities, including a sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, and food technology room.

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