Forward Thinking Since 1886
A Leading London Prep School
Academically Ambitious For Every Pupil
A Leading London Prep School
Excellent Pastoral Care
A Leading London Prep School
A Place Where Values Matter
A Leading London Prep School

Character, Curiosity and Capability

Ages 4 to 13

Durston House is a vibrant, stimulating, energetic and forward-looking school. We have a proud and long history, with a fine record of achievement. Our boys demand to be stimulated and challenged by their teachers, and in turn the expectations of our boys to be the best version of themselves is equally important. All of this is achieved through a spirit of humility and quiet determination.

A boy’s education here is shaped by the development of his character by giving him the confidence and skills to excel, his curiosity to learn and discover more, and his expanding capability to succeed in all he takes on. These three concepts, CharacterCuriosity and Capability are the cornerstones of his success at Durston House and his success in life.

I am very proud of all that a Durston experience has to offer. It is a magical place with energy and kindness at its heart. Please take a moment to explore the school and I look forward to getting to know you in person.

Giles Entwisle

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Admission process?

To register your interest, we suggest contacting the Registrar as early as possible. Our main intake is at Reception, where it is non-selective. Occasional places are offered from Year 1 to Year 7, following an assessment and interview.  We maintain a waiting list for each year group when necessary.

Please contact the Registrar, Caroline Ferns for more information on 020 8991 6532 or email

To register your son, please download the Registration Form from here

How much are your fees?

The stated fees include tuition (and include individual learning support tuition where we consider it appropriate), personal accident and dental insurance, stationery, books, workshops, and all compulsory school activities. They do not include lunch (all boys bring packed lunches), optional outings and trips, individual music lessons or after school care.

  • Pre-Prep – £4,340 per term
  • Junior School – £4,995 per term
  • Middle / Upper School – £5,230 per term

Do you offer bursaries?

Yes. Bursaries are offered to boys who seek to join the school in Years 3-7. A bursary is considered after a prospective pupil has been assessed and deemed suited, academically and emotionally, to the expectations of Durston House. His parents complete the Bursary Application Form, which is then evaluated by the school to see whether any form of bursary can be offered.

Information about the provision of bursaries, and the procedure for applying, can be obtained from the Registrar Caroline Ferns on 0208 991 6532 or on

How is the typical school day structured?

The front door opens at 8.20 a.m. and the boys proceed quietly to their classrooms to unpack their bags and settle in for the day. Form Time takes place between 8.20-8.45 a.m. Lessons begin at 8.45 a.m.

Assembly occurs at 8.50 a.m. every Monday. All pupils and staff attend.

Break time is at our large playing field (Castlebar), where the boys can play with their friends while supervised by staff. We have play equipment, a large open grass area as well as a woodland space so there is always something to enjoy.

On Thursday mornings at 8.50 a.m., the school operates a bi-weekly system of either a House Assembly (whole House or Vertical Group Meetings) or a Utility Session.

All pupils eat lunch in the Form Rooms before going outside to our playground to play.

At the end of the day, boys are dismissed by their teacher. Finishing times are staggered from 3.15 to 3.45 p.m. An After School Care service is available.

What is the co-curricular programme like?

Durston House offers a strong, traditional, Academic Curriculum. Parallel to this is the Complementary Curriculum, areas of co-curricular activity that fall within the broad culture of our specified academic disciplines. Activities that encourage the boys’ personal development, their cultural awareness and their engagement with the world add a positive fillip to the experience of learning, in and beyond the classroom. The knowledge and skills acquired through both strands of the curriculum are the springboards for further curiosity and the realisation of individual potential, here at Durston and in later life.

Find out more here: here

Do you offer transport?

Yes, we have a school mini bus service from Chiswick and Acton. Please find more information about it here: here

Where do boys go on to at 13?

Durston House has a fine record for preparing pupils for their future schools. Our pupils achieve impressive results and we are immensely proud of them. Each year they are offered scholarships and awards to some of the most coveted and successful schools in the UK. These awards range from Academic to Sport, Music, Drama as well as All Rounder Scholarships. Usually we send boys St Paul’s, Merchant Taylors’, John Lyon, Hampton, Harrow, St James, St Benedict’s and Westminster.


Durston House has helped our sons to discover their talents, given them independence in a nurturing and caring environment and enabled them to develop good social, teamwork and study skills along the way. Parent
Durston House’s academic success speaks for itself but our experience has been that of their investment in the whole child. The school offers a variety of opportunities to enhance his resilience and growth and leadership skills. Parent
Durston House has really helped our son develop his academic, social and inter-personal skills. He thoroughly enjoys the complementary curriculum activities on offer, which focus on further growth of his body, mind and soul. Parent
Durston House, through its nurturing and adaptive ways of teaching has brought out the best in each of our boys to make each one shine in their own way. They have developed beautiful friendships and go to school with a smile and a spring in their step! Parent