Welcome from the Headmaster

Welcome to The Chorister School!

We are an independent day and boarding prep school for boys and girls from 3 – 13 years.

Here the children and their families are at the heart of all we do. At our school children grow in self-esteem and character through a rich wide ranging curriculum that inspires them to achieve their potential and equip them for life in our constantly changing world of tomorrow. Class sizes are small so that learning is tailored to the individual and our teachers and support staff know every child. Opportunities abound in our extra curricula activities. Music is a particular strength, with the school being home to the girl and boy choristers of Durham Cathedral, but so too is Sport, Art and Drama.

We are set in an enviable position on a World Heritage Site, part of Durham Cathedral, surrounded by the woodlands and riverbanks of the River Wear; the school is in the city whilst still enjoying the countryside. Crossing the river to our playing fields is an inspiring experience affording views of the Cathedral and occasionally our rowers out on the river. The school buildings are listed and their rich character captivates and inspires the imagination. The school playground, classrooms and fields enjoy exceptional views of Durham Cathedral reminding us of our Christian foundation and ethos. We surely have one of the finest school chapels in the world.

Pupils of all ages know each other well. Older children mentor our youngest pupils so that there is a tangible feeling of one school working together.

Any prospectus or website can only hope to give a glimpse of our school. I would be very pleased to welcome you to The Chorister School for a personal tour so that you can meet our children and staff and experience the warmth and special qualities that The Chorister School can offer your family.

Ian Wicks 


Parent Survey 2019

What were the main factors that caused you to choose The Chorister School?

“Your focus on creating a happy and confident environment”

“Excellence during a visit!”

“It’s nurturing and caring environment”