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Achieving Success

At NPS we measure our success by providing our children with a start in life which enables them to thrive in their senior school and on into adulthood.

We believe this means providing them with an excellent academic education and offering them opportunities to build confidence and develop responsibility in a safe, welcoming and happy environment.


Since the first award was offered to an NPS child in 1897 (£50 to Durham School) our children have established a fine tradition of being offered scholarships. In the last 4 years 33 scholarships have been offered to our Year 6 children following their 11+ assessments. Local schools which offer scholarships are Kings, Dame Allans, Church High, Durham School and Westfield. RGS does not award scholarships but does offer bursaries on the basis of financial need.

11+ Destinations

In our area we are fortunate in the number, variety and quality of Senior Schools, all of which have an entry point at 11+. At NPS we pride ourselves on establishing the foundations which enable children to thrive at their next school. By the time our children reach the end of Year 6 they are ready to move on with confidence, having experienced the best in primary education and knowing that the school they are moving on to is the right one for them to attain their full potential.

All of our Year 6 pupils sit entrance examinations in the Spring Term of their final year with us. They are well prepared for these during their time here at NPS. During Years 5 and 6 parents are invited to discuss which schools would be right for their child with Ms Coleman and their children's teachers and usually decide to sit for two or three chosen schools.


NPS is a forward looking school which consequently never stands still. New resources, methods of teaching, learning opportunities, an ever increasing range of visits and activities are ways that NPS continues to provide the very best in primary education.

Ms Coleman, Head Teacher

Latest News

Jul 2019


Zeb Soanes visits NPS

On Tuesday the children from Reception and Years 1-4 were treated to a day with Radio 4 Presenter, Zeb Soanes. He talked about his incredible first...

Jul 2019


Brilliant Buddy Trips

The sun has shone this week for our Year 1 and 4 Buddy trips where children enjoyed a range of activities with their older or younger friends.

Jun 2019


DHSG Rounders

Year 4, 5 and 6 rounders teams all enjoyed their matches against Durham High School for Girls. There was some fantastic batting from Mabel , Callisto ...

Jun 2019


Northumbrian Schools Orienteering Championships

Our young map reading runners had a great day at the recent Northumbrian Schools Orienteering Championships at Plessey Woods Country Park. Everyone in...

Jun 2019


Eqyptologists of the Future

The Egypt Topic has gripped Year 4 who have learned lots and produced some fabulous work. They have undertaken research, explored maps and created pyr...

Jun 2019


Jaguar Primary School Challenge

Our Year 5 and 6 teams had a brilliant time at the national final for the Jaguar Primary School Challenge in Warwick. The children spent a lot of time...

May 2019


Children's Cancer Run 2019

Sunday 19th May brought another successful Greggs Cancer run in which the children, parents and staff of NPS were out in their masses to support the g...

May 2019


Souter Lighthouse

On Tuesday 14th May, the sun was shining brightly as Year 2 travelled to Souter Lighthouse to enrich their topic on lighthouses.

May 2019


Year 2 at Rainton Meadows

Year 2 enjoyed a wet but wonderful trip to Rainton Meadows. We participated in a range of activities including: habitat exploring, pond-dipping and a ...

May 2019


Welcome Morning for Children starting in September 2019

We are delighted to invite all those new parents joining school to a Welcome Morning on Friday 10th May at 9.30-10.30am Here parents will have the opp...

Inspection Report

Our recent Regulatory and Compliance Inspection was another success with NPS meeting every standard and therefore being fully compliant .

Read our 2017 inspection report (pdf document) from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

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IAPS - Excellence in Education - Independent Association of Prep Schools Learning Outside the classroom Bronze Award