Frequently Asked Questions
Durlston Court - Preparatory School

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about Durlston Court. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us.

What time does school start and finish?

We have a free morning club which runs from 7.45am with the formal day beginning at 8.30am. The standard day ends at 3.15pm for Kindergarten (with an option of  lunchtime pick-up or 4.30pm and 5.30pm extended sessions), 3.30pm for Pre-Prep children and 4.15pm for older children. We run a full programme of after school clubs which are available until 5.30pm. 

Additionally, we also run a full holiday club programme which includes fun activities from sports, to arts, to themed days. Holiday activities are available from Kindergarten to Year 8. They are great fun and very popular.

What is the main focus of Durlston? Is it the academic subjects?

We focus on fully preparing our pupils for the future. We are a nurturing, happy school which provides a breadth of opportunity, developing confidence, tolerance and resilience. We are extremely proud of our excellent academic record but place a huge emphasis on ensuring that our pupils also explore and achieve in music, arts and sports. In addition to specialist teaching in these areas, each day offers a variety of exciting, fun clubs and activities. Additionally, learning is supported by regular trips. Truly Learning Without Limits!

Do you have a school bus service?

Yes, we operate a fleet of minibuses which cover the surrounding areas in Hampshire and Dorset and across the New Forest, Lymington, Christchurch, Ringwood and Bournemouth. Routes and pick-up points are flexible.

I would like my child to have additional instrument tuition. Can you arrange this?

In addition to class music lessons from the Director of Music in our purpose-built Music School, we also have a team of dedicated peripatetic teachers to take individual lessons. We offer tuition in a range instruments including singing. Find out more about music at Durlston.

Do you have links with specific Senior schools?

Durlston Court feeds a large number of senior schools and has excellent links with many of the leading schools in the South of England. Our Headmaster works closely with parents, discussing the many routes available and offering advice and guidance. Lessons are given to support pupils taking entrance and scholarship examinations. This ranges from entrance into the nearby Bournemouth and Poole Grammar Schools at the end of Year 6, (where children are given specific curriculum guidance for the 11+ exams and are encouraged to join the Reasoning Club that runs as an activity), to preparation for entrance and scholarship exams to some of the most prestigious schools in the country. All children are fully prepared for transfer to senior schools. Please see the Leavers’ Destination section for a list of some of the school which Old Durlstonians have transferred.

My child is very academically able. How are you able to stretch him/her?

Our specialist teachers are committed to enabling all pupils to reach their full potential. Additionally our Learning Development Centre offers enrichment groups to further challenge the most able children. We have an impressive record of academic success.

Some Senior schools take pupils from age 11. What are the benefits of my child staying at Durlston until 13?

11- 13 years is a time of physical and emotional change for most children. We help to make this easier for our pupils by being a familiar, secure environment. During this time pupils have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities including Head Boy and Head Girl, Prefectships and other leadership roles in Music, the Arts and Sport. Pupils are taught by specialist Heads of Department and our generous teacher to pupil ratios allows for additional challenge and support. Durlston “Seniors” have their own common room and have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting trips, activities and events exclusively for Year 7 and 8 pupils. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and to discuss the best option for your child.

Durlston Court - Preparatory School