Hockey Read more
Durham has recently celebrated 25 years of Girls in the school.
We now field 10 different girls’ hockey teams - 75 of girls play competitive hockey.
In 2010, 30 of our girls attended hockey academies, of these 10 joined county teams, 7 combined county teams and 3 became Northern players. We are regular county cup winners.
In 2009 a team toured Western Australia and a further tour is planned to Australia in 2012.
Kim Dougall (Head of Girls’ Games) is a former double international (Modern Pentathlon and Fencing) and former coach to the British Modern Pentathlon team.
Rugby Union Read more
Durham School is the fourth oldest school football club of any kind in the world and has produced many international rugby union players as well as being credited with having introduced the game to Scotland. Durham School Football Club was founded in 1850 and from 1890 to 1930 was one of the rugby nurseries in England.
This was first recognised by the Barbarians who honoured the school by playing a full side against the Old Dunelmians (former pupils) in 1897 - Barbarians won 18-5. Just before the first World War, the school supplied four England players as well as a number of England trialists. Between 1920 and 1930 the school produced seven full internationals with several other players having trials for England, Scotland and the British Lions. The headmaster during this great period was Richard Thomas Dutton Budworth who was himself a former England international and Barbarian.
In 1877 a group of Old Dunelmians formed Gosforth RFC who still play in the school colours (green and white hoops). In 1995, Newcastle Rugby (now Newcastle Falcons) was formed from Gosforth RFC. Several Old Dunelmians have gone on to play for Newcastle Falcons with most recently, Micky Young & Geoff Parling (currently Leicester Tigers) tasting international success.
In 2001 and 2006 the 1st XV reached the National U18 Daily Mail Cup. Final played at Twickenham - a remarkable feat for a small school. The U15A team reached the Daily Mail U15 semi-final in 2003.
There are frequent tours for both senior and junior sides. In the summer 2010 38 pupils & 5 staff toured Australia for 4 weeks.