Durham was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead and studied at Brasenose College, Oxford. He taught economics at St. Albans School, before becoming Director of Studies and Head of Economics at King's College School, Wimbledon. In 1996 he was appointed Headmaster of University College School, which is part of the Eton Group of independent schools.
He wrote several books on Economics education.
He died after a long illness on 6 August 2016 at the age of 62.
Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
He was a member of the GSA/HMC Professional Development Sub-Committee and Chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). He was also a co-opted member of the HMC committee in 2006-7, being HMC Head of Professional Development.
Durham, K. (1992). The New City. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan.