12th July Ramside Hall 7.00pm
Thursday 20th July
17th August - A2 8am
24th August 10am
Durham Johnston students are once again celebrating outstanding successes in today’s A-level results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at school.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher, said, “Once again this set of results underlines the hard work and determination of our students, the commitment of their families, and the support of our staff. Behind these outstanding results lie very many individual stories of success, sometimes against all of the odds.
We are absolutely thrilled with the success of our students. It has been a busy morning and we are pleased to see so many of our students achieving their expected places at and a wide range of universities. Students secured top university places such as Durham, Manchester, Sheffield and Edinburgh, in addition to Oxbridge.
At A2 level 45% of grades awarded were either A* or A – an exceptional achievement. Well over three quarters of grades awarded were A*, A or B. A staggering 22% of students, that is over 40 individual young people, achieved three or more A* or A grades.
The Johnston community is rightly proud of all of its sixth formers, with students from all backgrounds performing very well indeed. We seek academic excellence for all of our students, and we know that they have high aspirations, and are able to compete with the very best. Once again, our students have risen to the challenges set before them, and we wish them all the best as they begin the next stage of their education, training or employment”.
Each year the Johnston sends more than 170 students on to university or apprenticeships. The performance of the students regularly puts the school near the top of league tables for non-selective schools nationally on a variety of measures, and we expect this to be the same for this cohort, even in a year where the structure of examinations has changed so radically.
Academic excellence is our first priority. We work so that all our young people have the best education we can provide. We want Johnstonians to be confident and articulate, self-motivated and determined to succeed. We want them to enjoy and value learning for itself, not just as the means to an end.
Taking our responsibility as public servants very seriously, we seek to offer the benefits and advantages that confer success and prosperity by imparting knowledge and habits of mind to last a lifetime. We do not close doors to any child, but enable them all to have access to powerful knowledge and deep subject learning and useful skills. We educate our young people with excellence and equity so that they may feel at ease in the world, ready for hard work and global citizenship.
A commitment to social justice characterises this local authority comprehensive school. We work so that background is irrelevant to achievement and that aspiration is not limited by circumstance of birth. We want Johnstonians to be reflective, inquiring, tolerant, positive and respectful of the needs of others. We give opportunities for leadership and active citizenship.
We expect Johnstonians to have the highest standards of behaviour and we aim for our school to be a just and happy community so that our students understand how each person may be of service to society. Adults and young people alike share an ethic of hard work and public service. We want to be central to the life of Durham City and an educational force in the life of the communities we serve.
The global future we seek for our young people is one where their curriculum and learning equips them with the knowledge and skills to compete globally. We want Johnstonians to take their place among the best.
We are committed to a curriculum built on the concepts and knowledge which will open all the doors in the world to our young people. The learning of languages enables global community cohesion, international understanding and equality of opportunity: it is central to our purpose.
Above all of that, we know that most of our young people like it here and do well.
We hope that you find what you’d like to know on our website. Please contact us at any time if you’d like additional information, or if you’d like to come and see us.