Durrington High School

Going beyond our best

Welcome to Durrington High School

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Choosing a secondary school is a key decision for any family. The experience that children have at this stage of their education will play a big part in shaping their future. We take this responsibility very seriously and work tirelessly to ensure that our students leave school with the best possible opportunities to succeed. Durrington High School is a successful school that prides itself on the excellent outcomes we achieve for our students. It is a vibrant, caring and happy school where relationships between staff, students and parents/carers are key to our success.

We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence for all. In order to achieve this, we have the highest expectations of ourselves, as well as of our students. This summer we were delighted for our students as they celebrated excellent results in their GCSE examinations; the result of an exceptional work ethic and great teaching. 71% of students achieved at least a pass in both English and maths; with over 50% achieving a grade 5 or higher. This continues to be well above the national average. Over a quarter of our students achieved the highest grades (grade 7 and above) in English, maths and science. We saw similar successes across the range of other curriculum areas including humanities, arts, drama and sports.

We have a fantastic staff team; caring and experts in their field. A significant factor in our sustained success is the skill of our staff to utilise best practise and evidence informed teaching so that our students develop the skills required to enable them to succeed.  It is for this reason that we are one of a handful of National Research Schools. We also have an outstanding teacher training centre based at our school (The South Downs School Centre for Initial Teacher Training, SCITT).

As a true comprehensive, Durrington High School has consistently achieved above national and West Sussex results in recent years. We want our students to leave us as happy and confident individuals, with the qualifications and skills to give them choices in life that will enable them to achieve their aspirations and dreams.

The staff at Durrington are very proud of the ‘journey’ we have been on over the last few years. Our success doesn’t breed complacency though and we are determined to continue getting better and better; to ‘go beyond our best’!

Sue Marooney

Executive Headteacher / CEO DMAT

  • Durrington High School has made me become more confident in myself by encouraging me to just go for it! The extra-curricular activities have offered me good opportunities to work with new people and meet new friends, resulting in me feeling safe and content at school.