Established in 1978, it has its own prep department and a satellite junior school in Darlington. Originally a boys’ school, it first admitted girls into the sixth form and throughout the senior school some 8 years ago; all parts of the school are now fully co-educational. The major buildings are located at the Friarage, an 18th century mansion in 20 acres of pleasant grounds alongside the River Tees. The prep school has its own buildings on a separate adjacent site. Excellent modern facilities are provided, including an all-weather sports pitch, sports hall and a centre for science, technology and computing; and most recently a performing arts centre, complete with 600-seat theatre. There are good facilities for the sixth form. Academic standards are high and examination results very good. Music, drama and art are given considerable attention. A wide variety of sports and games are played; riverside access allows rowing and canoeing to thrive. An extensive array of activities ranges from debating to horse riding. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme attracts many participants and there is a CCF.