Review finds that local school is ‘positively impacting the lives of thousands of young people’ through partnership work and bursaries

28th February 2024


A Social Impact Review, commissioned by Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation (DCSF), highlights the various ways that the Foundation has contributed to the lives of thousands of young people.


Not only in Durham, either, but across the wider North East and beyond! We are all in this together, after all.


The school already prides itself on an unwavering commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and the recent review underlines how this is exemplified by its ‘transformational’ bursary programme and collaborative partnerships.


We know that all of our region’s schools are doing their best to transform pupils’ lives for the better, but when this is spotlighted by an official review, it’s an even bigger cause for celebration.


Well done, Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation!


Breaking down socio-economic barriers

DCSF was established in 2021 when Chorister School and Durham School merged to form a seamless 3-18 education for girls and boys at the heart of the historic Durham City.


The school is no stranger to bursaries, having offered this solution since the first King’s Scholarships in 1541. Fast forward to today, and one in seven pupils at DCSF attend on means-tested support.


In fact, the Foundation has transformed the lives of 420 families through bursaries, breaking down socio-economic barriers and providing a diverse mix of students the opportunity to flourish – not only academically, but personally, too. Both are just as important as each other!


Andrew Beales, DCSF Development Director, said bursaries are ‘truly transformational’. He added: “Our bursary programmes are diversifying our pupil body, enriching the school community and creating a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape.”


DCSF bursaries are linked to scholarships that encompass a wide range of talents and skills, from academic scholars to gifted artists, musicians, athletes, and performers.


While primarily offered to young people in the North East, the boarding facilities at Durham School means that the Foundation is able to extend these opportunities beyond the region.


Mr Beales said: “One of the key features of DCSF bursaries is that they are means-tested. They are directed towards those who need them the most, ensuring that economic barriers do not hinder access to high-quality education.”


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