Durham Sixth Form Centre


Opened on the 3rd September 1913, the ‘School on the Sands’ was initially built to accommodate 248 girls. The building, now Durham Sixth Form Centre, was officially opened on 21st January 1914 by Dr Hensley Henson, the Dean, and, later, Bishop of Durham.

The school was designed by W. Rushworth and was built in the Neo-Georgian style costing £16,250. It was originally suggested that the school should be called the ‘Johnston School for Girls’ as a tribute to the illustrious benefactor of the original school, James Finlay Weir Johnston.

However, it was also felt that the part played by Durham County Council in establishing both schools should be reflected, so the name Durham Girls’ County School was granted. In 1969, the school became co-educational and, in 1984, predominantly a sixth form provider.

Celebrating 100 years of education

In 2013, we celebrated 100 years of education at Durham Sixth Form Centre, as the 'School on The Sands.'

Durham Sixth Form Centre Headteacher, Ellen Beveridge.

US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun visits DSFC

Durham Sixth Form Centre Headteacher, Ellen Beveridge.

In January 2014, Durham Sixth Form Centre were honoured to host Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom as he visitied the Centre on the afternoon of Wednesday, 22nd January 2014. As a keen believer in the importance of education Mr Barzun requested the opportunity to address around 250 students on business, entrepreneurial spirit and education.

“It is both an honour and a privilege to welcome Mr Barzun to Durham Sixth Form Centre. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet and listen to the words and experience of such a highly regarded dignitary” said Head Teacher, Ellen Beveridge.

News courtesy of BBC News Look North. Images courtesy of Gemma Cockburn.


In July 2013, our first event celebrating our 100 Years of education, saw past, current and future students, singing with staff. Together they participated in an outdoor performance, in front of nearly 300 prospective students at our recent Taster Day.

Durham Sixth Form Centre Headteacher, Ellen Beveridge.

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