About Durham

At Durham Dubai we have a very clear mission supported by our aims and values. These all add up to help us build in each and every one of our students ‘confidence for life’. So, what should students and parents expect to see and feel when they come through the doors at Durham Dubai?

First, we believe that the students are the stars; they are our reason for Durham Dubai and they are at the centre of everything we do and every decision we take. Next, we are a ‘hands on’ kind of school – if a job needs doing, we all contribute: staff, students and parents, no matter what the task or what our role is within the school. Importantly, we are positive, optimistic school.We meet challenges head on and look for solutions in the belief that they can always be found. We look for the best in people. We expect the best from our students and staff and as a result, will be rarely disappointed.

At Durham Dubai we are also humble and we accept that we all get things wrong from time to time. We recognise when something has gone wrong, we apologise, we fix it, we learn from it and we move on. And finally, we are kind, accepting of each other, supportive of one another and appreciative of all that a person has to offer.

Mission

Durham School Dubai’s mission is to provide its students with a complete education; one which instils in them an aspiration for achievement, a respect for others and a ‘Confidence for Life’.

Whilst academic life is at the heart of the school, we set out to provide a host of opportunities in sport, music and drama so that every student is given a chance to explore their potential.

Mission

Durham School Dubai is committed to educating its students in the very broadest sense of the word, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century whilst retaining a sense of traditional values established both here in Dubai and over Durham School’s 600 year history.

Aim

Within a community shaped by moral integrity and kindness, Durham School Dubai aims to cultivate responsibility and ambition to ensure that every student can thrive, be happy, and make a positive mark in the world.

Three Pillars
of Durham

The three pillars of a Durham School which support this aim and shape the environment where students can learn and grow are

1. Academic Challenge

Providing students a lifelong appetite for learning.

2. Pastoral Care

Supporting students emotional, moral and spiritual strength.

3. Co-Curricular

Opportunities to enrich and develop the individual, fostering leadership, collaboration and teamwork.

Nurturing
Pupils

We do this by nurturing and supporting our students to become

Thinkers who can understand, research, evaluate & create, both collaboratively & independently.

Individuals who are morally sound, emotionally resilient, reflective & effective communicators.

Adults who act with responsibility, humility and kindness and are ready to make a positive contribution to society.

Our Values

Our four values are the MARK of our school and lie at the heart of all that we do

Moral Integrity

  • We demonstrate a desire to do the right thing.
  • We act in private as we do in public.
  • We have the courage to say.
  • We stand firm for what is right.

  • We challenge things we think wrong

  • We are accountable for failure as well as success & do not allocate blame.

  • We can be relied upon to do what is right.

  • We demonstrate and promote honesty.

Ambition

  • We achieve our goals by consistently working towards them.
  • We go above and beyond the call of duty.
  • We aim for the best in ‘me and them’ and take pride in all we do.
  • We seek help and support before giving up and identity lessons in setbacks.
  • We encourage all to develop maximum potential and support other to achieve.

  • We embrace opportunities, challenge and seek to develop our skills and talents.

  • We identity opportunities for School Development.

Responsibility

  • We do what we say we will.

  • We are punctual and prompt in all that we do.

  • We use our resources responsibly, developing and caring for our environment.
  • We act before being asked and consistently deliver on expectation.

  • We prepare thoroughly for all tasks.

  • We encourage autonomy in all and seek leadership.
  • We acknowledge and seek to resolve problems.

  • We pioneer better ways of doing things.

Kindness

  • We are open and approachable to all.

  • We welcome and listen to the opinions of others.
  • We look to engage and involve all in the community.
  • We attend to newcomers and those needing help and build relationships actively.
  • We are positive in responding to questions.

  • We support each other and stand up for fellow colleagues and pupils.
  • We are accountable for failure as well as success & do not allocate blame.

  • We acknowledge individual needs within the community.
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Moral Integrity

  • We demonstrate a desire to do the right thing.
  • We act in private as we do in public.
  • We have the courage to say.
  • We stand firm for what is right.

  • We challenge things we think wrong

  • We are accountable for failure as well as success & do not allocate blame.

  • We can be relied upon to do what is right.

  • We demonstrate and promote honesty.

Ambition

  • We achieve our goals by consistently working towards them.
  • We go above and beyond the call of duty.
  • We aim for the best in ‘me and them’ and take pride in all we do.
  • We seek help and support before giving up and identity lessons in setbacks.
  • We encourage all to develop maximum potential and support other to achieve.

  • We embrace opportunities, challenge and seek to develop our skills and talents.

  • We identity opportunities for School Development.

Responsibility

  • We do what we say we will.

  • We are punctual and prompt in all that we do.

  • We use our resources responsibly, developing and caring for our environment.
  • We act before being asked and consistently deliver on expectation.

  • We prepare thoroughly for all tasks.

  • We encourage autonomy in all and seek leadership.
  • We acknowledge and seek to resolve problems.

  • We pioneer better ways of doing things.

Kindness

  • We are open and approachable to all.

  • We welcome and listen to the opinions of others.
  • We look to engage and involve all in the community.
  • We attend to newcomers and those needing help and build relationships actively.
  • We are positive in responding to questions.

  • We support each other and stand up for fellow colleagues and pupils.
  • We are accountable for failure as well as success & do not allocate blame.

  • We acknowledge individual needs within the community.

Durham School -
A Rich Heritage

Durham School - A Rich Heritage

Durham School Dubai is a branch school of Durham School UK and we are privileged to be able to draw upon the knowledge, skills and experience gathered by our mother school over the past 600 years.

Founded in 1414, Durham School is a traditional British boarding school with a modern international community. Situated in the picturesque and historic city of Durham in the north of England, it is a school that encourages students to take full advantage of everything a busy, co-educational school has to offer, living life to the full as part of a community in which the individual flourishes.

The Durham Way - Confidence for Life

At Durham School Dubai, ‘Confidence for Life’ underpins everything that we do. We equip our students with skills, knowledge and ambition to succeed: we develop their abilities and aptitudes, we guide them through their education at school and prepare them for the challenges of university and life thereafter.

Our reward is to see them grow into the amazingly confident young adults they have become. Our aim at Durham is to celebrate each student’s uniqueness and this is only possible if they believe in themselves and are confident of who they are and what they can do, whatever that may be.

The Durham Way - Confidence for Life

Meet
Our Team

The school is led by an experienced management team.

Our highly skilled management team bring familiarity with the best of British independent and international education coupled with a genuine desire to see that every child thrives and finds success.

Mark Atkins

Principal, Durham School Dubai

Charis Wightman

Head Teacher

Scott Pattison

Assistant Head Academic

Jo Tuck

Assistant Head Pastoral

Wael Shokr

Assistant Head Teacher

Convenient Location

Durham School, Green Community Village, DIP, Dubai

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is distilled from the best of English National Curriculum, leading to IGCSE and A-level examinations.

Our Curriculum

Since 1414, in the historic city of Durham in the north of England, Durham School has been a prestigious seat of learning. Now established in Dubai, its pupils benefit from the knowledge and expertise accumulated over those 600 years.

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