Welcome to Durlston! As Headmaster, I am incredibly proud to be part of such a happy and successful independent school. A school where children are excited about coming to learn, arriving each day to a positive, nurturing atmosphere with so many chances for them to shine. We have wonderful facilities and grounds but it is our dedicated staff team that makes the biggest difference. An inspiring group who ensure that all of the children make exceptional progress in their learning and that they have a huge amount of fun doing so.

If you are looking for an exceptional school, then look to Durlston.

Richard May, Durlston Court Headmaster

Our purpose is to provide an exceptional education in an environment where each child is properly known by all members of staff. It is the quality of the relationship between our staff and children that makes Durlston such a very special place to learn and grow. Our small class sizes and 'family feel' ensure that we truly know your children. 

Durlston has a long standing reputation for all-round educational excellence - combining academic, creative and sporting opportunities with the pastoral support to help our children grow in ability and confidence and to ultimately achieve their very best. We focus on good manners and behaviour whilst promoting ever evolving tailor-made challenges for each child. Our highly committed staff genuinely enjoy encouraging the mindset and skills that will enable all to flourish now and post-Durlston.

We welcome children at any point. Our Pre-Prep children enjoy a vibrant and nurturing environment where they can experience their journey of discovery at their own pace. Children in Middle Prep explore new and exciting opportunities as they grow in independence and are encouraged to find what they love. Children in Upper Prep continue to grow with Durlston confidence as they are supported and challenged by our highly dedicated, specialist staff team. 

We are thrilled that we can now offer children the opportunity to continue their education at Durlston through to Year 11 and to GCSE examinations. Our senior pupils are well supported both academically and socially as they develop into determined young adults.

Our website will provide an overview of our school but to get a true taste of life at Durlston, I invite you to arrange your visit to take a look around and to meet pupils and staff and to find out for yourselves what makes Durlston such a successful and happy school. If you are looking for an exceptional school and a very warm welcome - look to Durlston. 

Richard May,


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Pre-Prep Experience

Middle Prep Experience

Upper Prep & Senior Experience