Student Admissions

Prospective Parents 2016 – 2017

Here at Durrington High School we have focused relentlessly on traditional values of behaviour, hard work and respect, combined with innovation in teaching and learning over the last thirteen years. This is all within a framework of care and support for our students. The result of this has been thirteen years of continued and significant improvement in examination outcomes. Last year saw 72% of students achieving 5 A* – C in English and maths.

We have done this by treating every student as an individual and making sure nobody gets ‘left behind’. Within our company structure, the well-being and academic progress of every student is tracked and monitored very closely. We will then work closely with the student, home and our own staff to ensure everything is put in place, so that every student thrives and fulfils their potential. As one of our students put it ‘At DHS everyone matters and everyone is treated as an individual – you’re able to get your voice heard’.

We also enrich learning outside of the classroom. We have a wealth of hugely successful sports teams, our drama and music departments put on a number of outstanding productions throughout the year and there are a number of educational visits. Some are close to home, such as the science and geography field trip to Swanage, whilst others are further afield, like the art trip to New York.

Durrington really is a school going places. We look forward to you joining us on our journey, as we all go ‘beyond our best’.

Ms S Marooney


Prospective Parents’ Evening Thursday 6 October 2016 – 6pm – 8pm

“I have settled in well and made lots of new friends. I can’t wait to see what Durrington has to offer and I am excited to see what challenges lie ahead.”
Bailey – Year 7 student (on his 4th day at DHS)

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.

Having achieved our best ever results this summer, marking our 13th year of continuous improvement, we remain both passionate and as committed as ever to ensuring each and every one of our students  achieves their full potential.

Durrington High School  is a vibrant, busy and happy school where relationships between staff, students and parents/carers are key to our success.

We are delighted to invite you to our Prospective Parents’ Evening on Thursday 6 October 2016 from 6pm – 8pm where you will have the opportunity to visit each department and talk to our students and staff. There will be talks in the main hall by Ms Marooney, Headteacher, our Head Boy and Head Girl, and a new year 7 student, at 6.30pm and 7.15pm.

This will be followed by our open mornings where parents / carers and prospective year 7 students have the opportunity to come and see us at work. If you would like to attend an open morning please express interest at Prospective Parents’ Evening or contact the school.

Open mornings - 9am – 10am

Monday 10th October – Orchards Junior School parents
Tuesday 11th  October - Durrington Junior School parents
Wednesday 12th October – West Park C.E Primary School parents
Thursday 13th October - all schools
Friday 14th October – all schools

If you cannot make a specific day, don’t worry. You are welcome to join any of our tours.

To learn more about our school visit our website or see our prospectus below.

Durrington High School Prospectus 2016 / 2017

Further details on the transition process can be viewed on the link below

WSCC school transition

Monday 31st October – WSCC deadline for applications


Student admissions

Durrington High School operates its own in-year admissions. This process is for children wanting to transfer or request a place after the start of the academic year in all year groups. Admissions at the stage of school transfer continue to be coordinated through West Sussex County Council.

If you wish to apply for a place at Durrington you will need to use the application form found here and when fully completed either send or email this back into the school via our admissions email:

Please note that if a student has a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education Health Care plan and/or falls under one of the WSCC fair access protocol criteria the admission request will be re-directed to WSCC for consideration through the appropriate panel.

Please be aware that requests for admissions can only be addressed during term time. Our admissions policy gives further details on the oversubscription criteria and how requests are responded to and/places are allocated. It can be found here.

Should you have any questions please contact the school via the admissions email address or on 01903 244957.

Further information on admissions can be found on WSCC – Admissions