Within the heart of each building, pupils have access to a library bursting with inspiring literature where they can foster a lifelong love of reading. Our three libraries include a range of fiction, non-fiction texts and research materials.
Our Accelerated Reader Programme encourages pupils to become ‘Word Millionaires’
The school promotes the Accelerated Reader Programme, which supports a love of reading and thirst for literature. We also have a school librarian who delights in guiding and helping pupils engage with their reading.
One for Pre-Prep, Junior School
and Middle & Upper
We have two impressive sports fields. The first is Castlebar, a large outdoor space, comprising of a pavilion, football pitches, floodlit tennis courts, woodland and other play areas, which enables PE, Games, After-School Activities, outdoor learning, and break times to take place.
6.75 Acres of Playing Fields
Our second sports field is Swyncombe, a ten-minute coach journey away, and is used for Games, fixtures against other schools, as well as our own sports tournaments throughout the year. It comprises of a cricket square, nets, multi-use games area (MUGA), grass pitches for football and rugby and pavilion.
We have an ICT suite in Middle and Upper School as well as mobile laptops in stations throughout the school. Each classroom has its own interactive whiteboard. Pupils have their own iPad from Year 5, with class sets in years 3 and 4.
“Durston House has helped them to discover their talents, given them independence in a nurturing and caring environment and enabled them to develop good social, teamwork and study skills along the way.”
The Art Department offers every pupil the opportunity to investigate a vast range of media and processes and develop strong technical skills. The Art studio’s facilities are blessed with an abundance of natural light and include a suite of CAD enabled computers, easels for each pupil and an impressive amount of space to create largescale 3D projects.
Our Head of Art is an expert and inspirational teacher who explores all disciplines of Visual Arts throughout the curriculum including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, design, crafts, and architecture.
We have two modern, well-equipped science laboratories in Middle and Upper School which enhance the delivery of our STEM subjects and allow our pupils to explore these worlds and engage in a near-constant stream of practical sessions that bring them to life, through the ever-present mantra of ‘think like a scientist.’
The laboratories are fully equipped to allow our highly qualified and experienced specialist teachers to deliver stimulating and fascinating lessons in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
of staff to pupils
We have a fully refurbished kitchen and dining facilities providing outstanding catering for pupils and staff.