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Durston House is a vibrant, stimulating and energetic community. We are forward looking with a proud and long history of academic achievement.

15

Students

Average class size

32

Different

Languages Spoken

9

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offered per year

Head’s Welcome

Giles Entwisle

Why Durston?

Why Durston?

Autumn Term 2022

Term Begins: Monday 12 September, Term Ends: Thursday 15 December

Staff Study Day: Friday 21 October (boys not in school)

Half Term Monday 24 October – Sunday 6 November

Where boys

 

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Durston Stories

Welcome Back to Durston House!

I hope you had a wonderful, restful summer break. The welcome back to school after the long summer holidays was overshadowed by the sad announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her reign was lived out in a life of selfless service and duty. Our thoughts and sincerest prayers… Read More

Queen Elizabeth II

The Durston community mourns most deeply the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Her reign was lived out in a life of selfless service and duty. Our thoughts and sincerest prayers are with the Royal Family in their time of profound loss. May she rest in peace. Read More

Y7 Trip to Lake District – Trips Week 2022!

The Year 7 boys spent their trips week in at FSC Castlehead in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Whilst away the boys reinforced and expanded their knowledge of the geography we had been studying in class. They developed their fieldwork skills, team building and tested themselves against Mother Nature. Monday: We arrived at… Read More

Year 8 Leavers’ Celebrations 2022

This year’s Leavers’ celebrations fell on a blue skied, bright sunny day; one brimming with bitter sweet celebration for our Year 8 boys and all that they have achieved here at Durston House, whilst the simmering emotion of a final farewell is fully felt. It was a chance for the… Read More

Final Assembly, Summer Term 2022

“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.”Conan O’ Brien Today, our Final Assembly took place at Haven Green Church. Led by Mr Stock, pupils, parents and staff came together to honour each other’s achievements this year, from the STEM Week Science Fair winners, to announcing that… Read More

Prize Day 2022 Round-up!

At Durston House, we seek every possible opportunity to reward pupils and to recognise their successes throughout the academic year. This week our annual prize giving ceremonies took place, which were the perfect end to a busy term. An occasion for pupils, parents and staff to gather & celebrate the… Read More

Middle & Upper School Sports Day 2022!

On Thursday 29 June at Perivale Athletics Track, the Durston House Middle and Upper Schools competed in their annual House Sports Day Competition. Boys from Years 5-8 competed in both Track and Field events, during which each boy took part in a short distance race, a… Read More

Pre-Prep Sports Day Spectacular 2022!

Pre-Prep Sports Day took place on Thursday 23 June at Castlebar playing fields. The boys spent the first part of the afternoon completing a variety of Track and Field events in their Houses. These events consisted of High Jump, Hurdles, Javelin and Long Jump. The boys took turns at completing… Read More

STEM Week 2022!

Boys threw themselves whole-heartedly into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Week. Throughout the week, boys across the school had the opportunity to learn about the engineering world. We welcomed a variety of current parents to our Career Talks; where they delivered workshops surrounding their field of work; from forensic… Read More

Year 8 Production of The Wind in the Willows

A cast of 29 boys took the stage for our Year 8 production of The Wind in the Willows to a packed audience. Every boy sang, danced and acted skilfully in this tale of friendship, adventure and fun! Boys did a remarkably good job of learning their lines over… Read More

Durston House Staff Victorious in Parents’ vs Staff Cricket Match!

Last Friday saw the annual Staff vs Parents’ cricket match take place at Swyncombe Playing Field, on what was a typically beautiful summer’s evening. This is always a fun, competitive and relaxed family event with our DHPA providing wonderful food and drink throughout the evening. It was great… Read More

Pre-Prep Maths Day!

Mathematics Day in Pre-Prep was packed full of fun! The Reception boys used skittles, watermelon and fresh fruit smoothies to investigate statistics and measurement. Chocolate crackles, Multiplication Station and the Blooket App gave the Year 1’s a chance to put all of the Mathematical skills and strategies they have learnt… Read More

Junior School Science – Summer Term 20222

At Durston House Junior School, the boys cover various topics in their curriculum. The Year 4 Summer term sees the boys learning about ‘Habitats’ and the Year 3 Summer term covers ‘Light and Shadows’. Over the Summer term, many experiments took place which allowed boys to use their investigative skills… Read More

Junior School Sports Day 2022!

Last Monday Junior School pupils enjoyed a fun and activity filled afternoon! The day consisted of track events where boys competed to qualify for the afternoon track finals. All track events were timed, with the fastest six making it into the final. Boys then had a choice between a short… Read More

Year 3 Outing to Southall Gurdwara

As part of their T.P.R. Sikhism topic, Year 3 have an opportunity to visit the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall. This is a beautiful, purpose-built Gurdwara in the heart of the Sikh community in west London. We are fortunate enough to live local to this landmark building, enabling… Read More

TPR in Junior School, Summer Term

This term, Y4 study the Hindu religion as part of the T.P.R. topic. We are fortunate that our boys come from a diverse and multicultural heritage, which they are more than happy to share during T.P.R. studies. The boys learn about the importance of worship: at home, in the… Read More

Y8 Trip to Devon- Trips Week 2022!

After an early start, Year 8 set off from Castlebar Field for their final trip at Durston. They were off to the Ultimate Adventure Centre in Bideford, North Devon. Following a 5-hour trip, the boys arrived and were swiftly onto their first set of activities before dinner: Mountain Boarding, Archery… Read More

Year 3 Visit to London Zoo!

On a bright sunny day, all the Y3 boys had their rucksack filled with snacks, lunch, drinks and of course, sunblock. They were ready to embark on an adventure around the London Zoo. Upon arrival, boys were split into two groups which explored the zoo from either end. Each group… Read More

Y6 Trip to France – Trips Week 2022!

Le voyage scolaire en France lundi On Monday 13 June, we left school at 06:30 to be driven by Paul, our coach driver to Folkstone where we boarded the Eurostar. We got our passports checked and finished our film. When the coach drove into the station I saw the Eurostar,… Read More

Y4 visit to PGL – Trips Week 2022!

Rolling suitcases and chatty children down Longfield Walk indicated that it was finally the day of the Year 4 PGL trip! The bright sunshine and buoyant mood was palpable, with all boys brimming with excitement to wave goodbye to parents and head to Marchants Hill PGL.  ‘Challenge by choice,’ is… Read More

Y5 History Trip to York – Trips Week 2022!

Year 5 spent their Trips Week exploring the ancient city of York and the surrounding area, deepening their knowledge and understanding of the history they are studying in the classroom. Whilst in York, the boys enjoyed stepping back to the time of the Norman Conquest with a visit to Clifford’s… Read More

Year 1 outing to Windsor Castle

Last Friday Year One took a trip to Windsor Castle to consolidate their learning on Castles and Knights. Pupils visited the beautiful grounds and state rooms where they were wowed by the amazing detail. After an action packed day, we embarked on our journey home feeling very excited –… Read More

Pre-Prep African Dance & Drumming Workshop

“YEAH! YEAH! HEY! HEY! AFRICA! ME AND YOU ARE FRIENDS!” Today Pre-prep attended an ‘African Drumming’ assembly and workshop thanks to the West-African dancing, singing and drumming duo of Gaspard (from the Ivory Coast) and Nii (from Ghana). The boys embraced dancing in barefoot and learning… Read More

Ranger Stu visits Reception!

Today in Reception Ranger Stu came to visit from Cedars Nature Centre, and with him came Coconut the Tarantula, Reggie the Boa Constrictor, Rambo the Bearded Dragon, Dobbie the Armadillo, Cinnamon the Tenrec and Leko Owl. The boys were all very brave to hold or gently stroke… Read More

Junior School Summer Arts Fair

Year 4, under the expert and encouraging eye of Mrs Hryschuk (Head of Art), showed off their striking creations using print and collage; their water colour interpretations of Monet’s bridge at Giverny formed an uplifting backdrop to our talented musicians. Year 3 boys highlighted the mood of summer and nature… Read More

Year 4 visit to London Wetlands Centre

The Y4 boys ventured to the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes which is a protected nature reserve. This trip forms part of Durston’s Summer Term on Habitats. Boys were split into two groups covering most of the wetlands from East to West. Upon walking, there was… Read More

Pre-Prep save the world in their Eco Workshop!

Today Pre-Prep attended an ‘Eco Workshop’ thanks to Perform. They became superheroes for the session with a mission to save Earth from global warming. Bad Bopper, the villain, was ruining the earth by destroying the plants and leaving rubbish everywhere. Armed with the 3 Rs (reduce,… Read More

Year 5 – Year 8 Art Exhibition

Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of hosting our first annual Durston House Art Exhibition which celebrated creations of Middle School and Upper School boys. Families and local schools were invited to take in a variety of 2D and 3D pieces whilst enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles. Read More

English in Pre-Prep at Durston House

In Pre-Prep, we start learning to read and write in our phonics lessons from the first day of school! In Reception, we have lots of opportunities to share stories and other books together, and to discuss our thoughts and ideas about what happens, and what might happen next. We learn… Read More

Future Schools’ Fair

On Wednesday 11 May we hosted our inaugural annual Future Schools’ Fair. It was a pleasure to welcome a vast number of leading Independent Senior Schools including; City of London School, Hampton School, Harrodian School, John Lyon, Lady Eleanor Holles, Merchant Taylors’ School, North London Collegiate School, Notting Hill &… Read More

Reception Trip to Odds Farm

Reception had a lovely trip to Odds Farm in the sunshine today! The boys enjoyed feeding the animals, petting the rabbits, riding the tractors and having fun in the adventure playground. Mrs Stiglingh – Head of Reception… Read More

PSHME in Middle & Upper School – Spring Term

Planning and teaching an effective PSHME curriculum is a unique journey. It helps children and young people to be safe, healthy and prepared for life’s opportunities. Year 5: The focus this term was on the benefits of a balanced lifestyle and its effects on wellbeing. It included aspects such as… Read More

Rugby at Durston House

During the Spring Term, Durston House competed in a number of Rugby fixtures and competitions against other schools. These took place both at Swyncombe and away at various sports grounds, including a tournament held at the StoneX Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby. Some of our fixtures/events this term include: Rugby… Read More

Junior School Production of Robin Hood

A special production of Robin Hood was brought to life by the Junior School boys at the end of Spring term. In this classic struggle of good versus evil, Robin is – of course – the hero of the hour, as he fights for good against the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and… Read More

What Science looks like in Pre-Prep…

Last term, Science in the Pre-Prep was filled with many exciting opportunities for the boys to explore and develop their enthusiasm for Science. At the end of last term, many boys in the Pre-Prep entered the British Science Week Poster Competition with the theme of Growth. Read More

Junior School Maths, Summer Term

Swiftly moving into the Summer Term, Mathematics in Junior School is sizzling. Year 3 continue to acquire skills for mastering decimals, which develops knowledge and understanding to aid the concepts of pounds and pence when learning about money and 12-hour/24-hour digital clock too. They have used decimal sliding lines to… Read More

Junior School Art, Spring Term

Last term, the Year 4 boys immensely enjoyed investigating printmaking, an artistic process that involves transferring images from a matrix onto another surface, such as paper or textile. Traditional printmaking techniques include woodcut, etching, engraving, and lithography, while modern artists have expanded available techniques to include screen-printing. The boys began… Read More

French in Junior School, Spring Term

Last term, the Year 3 and 4 boys explored different ways of cultivating their knowledge of French language and culture. Spoken French was given a dramatic twist at the beginning of term, with a wonderful live performance of Le Petit Chaperon Rouge  (Little Red Riding Hood ) and Jacques et… Read More

Durston House and Harvington Prep to merge

We are delighted to announce that Durston House and Harvington Preparatory School in Ealing are to merge, creating a new and exceptional co-educational offer for West London families. As close neighbours, the schools already share deep roots within the local community, and have in common a time-honoured commitment to delivering… Read More

Reception outing to Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

On Friday 18 March, Reception had a wonderful sunny day at Bekonscot Model Village & Railway as part of their topic ‘Transport’. The boys had a workshop on transport in the past, explored the model village, went on a train ride and played in the adventure… Read More

Computer Science in Middle & Upper School

Pupils in Middle and Upper Schools are greeted with a diverse and eclectic curriculum throughout their time at Durston House, preparing them for the next step of their academic journey. Year 5 After a successful half term on Online Safety, ranging from managing online information, to fake news, to… Read More

Y2 Outing to Headstone Manor

On Friday 4 March, Year 2 visited Headstone Manor to complement their study of the Great Fire of London. Whilst there pupils participated in a Fire and Flames workshop and also got to make a clay fire plaque. Want to learn more about our Curriculum in… Read More

Lit Fest 2022

Lit Fest is an annual event at Durston House which celebrates literature and the spoken word. The theme of this year’s Lit Fest was ‘Around the World in Eighty Books’. This theme is clearly inspired by the adventure novel, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, published in… Read More

Maths in Pre-Prep

How helpful, purposeful and important the use of practical materials is in helping the boys understand and master new mathematical concepts was evident throughout Mathematics lessons in Pre-Prep this week. The use of equipment such as counters, blocks, tens frames, part-whole models, number lines etc allow the boys to physically… Read More

Year 6 Outing to Amersham Field Studies Centre

Last Friday forty-six Year 6 boys set off to Amersham Field Studies Centre to investigate the microclimates of the area and collect data for their fieldwork project as part of the work in Geography. The day started in the classroom where methods and equipment were discussed, along with where… Read More

Computer Science at Durston House Pre-Prep

2022 has only just begun, and we are already back in full swing during our Computer Science lessons at Durston House Pre-Prep. All the form teachers are putting a lot of hard work into getting the pupils acquainted with new technologies every week. Throughout a boys time at… Read More

Science Round Up – Autumn Term 2021

Science Round Up – Autumn Term 2021 It has been another busy term in the Sciences Middle and Upper School. Back in September, Year 5 were introduced to the Science labs with an introductory course on Safety as part of the Science curriculum. This… Read More

Welcome to our new website!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website here at Durston House School. We hope you agree that it reflects the essence of what we are about – our impressive academic pedigree as well as the wonderfully diverse, innovative, welcoming and happy school, which was reflected… Read More

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

Pre-Prep are immersed in ancient Aztec and Aboriginal Australian culture

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying… Read More

Reception and People who help us

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

Sports Update

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

English Storytelling

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

Bonjour à toutes et à tous!

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying is a… Read More

Computer Science @ Junior School

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying… Read More

Headmasters Blog – Diversity at Durston

Diversity is a theme that I promised the boys that I would come back to this summer term, and the first assembly back provided me with the perfect opportunity. We first considered the critically important need for diversity in nature and the environment. It is a good starting point to… Read More

Maths Department – First Week Back

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. ‘One Kind Word’ was the chosen theme for Anti-Bullying Week. Whilst anti-bullying… Read More