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Where pupils go above and beyond what they thought they could achieve.

Years 5-8

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Scholarships & Awards

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Headmaster

Giles Entwisle

The transition from Junior to Middle School is one which is met with excitement, but also, understandably, with a little apprehension.

The degree of independence is developed further and greater responsibility taken for himself and his learning. This is a distinct stage in our pupil’s education and one where they have to juggle academic and extra-curricular responsibilities, as well as learning to take on the additional duties associated with being in the senior years at Durston. Expectations are high and pupils meet the challenge with great integrity, high energy and careful support from their teachers. Form tutors take great care and effort to help pupils manage the increased workloads, challenges and their wellbeing, as they begin their teenage years. Parental partnership is as important now as it was in Reception, most pupils will have spent more time in their prep school than they will in any other educational setting. Which allows us to gain a far deeper understanding of who they are as people as they prepare for their next stage of education.

“Durston House, through its’ nurturing and adaptive ways of teaching has brought out the best in each of our children to make each one shine in their own way.  They have developed beautiful friendships and go to school with a smile and a spring in their step!”
—Parent

Pupils follow a full and rigorous academic timetable often performing well above their age expected outcomes. Durston is unashamedly academically ambitious for every pupil and this is evidenced through our fine results that our pupils achieve as they move onto some of the top senior schools in the country. The curriculum in the senior years allows for the development of twenty first century competencies whilst maintaining a content-rich focus. Pupils show evidence of their ability to think critically and to ask big questions. Alongside the traditional subjects, in which pupils excel, philosophy and ethics is introduced in Year 7 helping to develop the pupil in the round.

Opportunities beyond the classroom allow pupils to take different approaches to their learning and to continue to inspire them. Mentoring and leadership opportunities form part of the Upper School experience, as pupils support each other as well as younger members of the school community.

Middle and Upper School Stories

Year 1 Aboriginal Workshop

It was a very exciting experience for the Year 1 Durston Boys this year as it is the first time they shared a workshop with the Year 1 girls from Harvington Prep. The boys and girls both had a wonderful time together delving into the interesting, ancient and unknown culture… Read More

Football and Rugby Tour to Salou, Spain

During the October half term, Durston House took 30 Year 7 and 8 boys to Salou in Spain for our bi-annual Football and Rugby Tour. It was an amazing week, filled with sightseeing, theme park rides, swimming, going to the beach and, of course, Football and Rugby. The boys had… Read More

Bringing Mexican History & culture to life with Mexicolore!

Today ‘Mexicolore’ visited Durston House, where Year Two boys were lucky to have an amazing workshop and to be joined by their counterparts from Harvington Prep School. In the last half term the boys covered the Aztecs. You may be wondering who the Aztecs were? The Aztecs were a… Read More

Exploring Black History Month through Literature at Durston House

Our School Librarian Mr White has actively sourced a range of literature to support and promote Black History Month across the Pre-Prep, Junior School and Middle & Upper School. A combination of books were purchased that highlight the events and people who shape recent and more distant black history. Mr… Read More

A look at Maths in Year 5…

Working in small groups the year 5 boys put their determination and problem solving skills to the test by solving four problems. Each problem requiring the boys to draw from different skills and areas in mathematics. The first problem tested the boys knowledge on number facts. Using ten cards numbered… Read More

Y5 Battle Abbey Outing

As part of their History Norman Conquest topic, Year 5 had the opportunity to visit Battle Abbey, near Hastings. This is the site of the Battle of Hastings and the boys were able to get a feel for the environment that the Normans and Saxons would have experienced while battling… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Update

This term the boys have enjoyed the full return of Football fixtures and tournaments. Over the past 5 weeks, we have played a number of schools for matches during Games, and taken many boys to school tournaments at weekends. We have won a number of matches, and placed 2nd in two… Read More

Bonjour à toutes et à tous!

This term the boys have enjoyed the full return of Football fixtures and tournaments. Over the past 5 weeks, we have played a number of schools for matches during Games, and taken many boys to school tournaments at weekends. We have won a number of matches, and placed 2nd in two… 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

This term the boys have enjoyed the full return of Football fixtures and tournaments. Over the past 5 weeks, we have played a number of schools for matches during Games, and taken many boys to school tournaments at weekends. We have won a number of matches, and placed… Read More

Preparation for Senior School

The Durston Journey, part 4

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