Thursday 16 August 2018
A level - 8.00 a.m and AS - 10.00 a.m.
Thursday 23 August
Wednesday 5th September
Students at Durham Johnston have achieved another year of outstanding A level results. This marks yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for the school’s 6th form students and underlines their hard work and determination. It also highlights the support of their families and the commitment of staff at the school. We are very proud of the fantastic results that students have achieved, particularly in the national context of exams becoming increasingly difficult.
We are very pleased to see so many of our students achieving their expected places at a wide range of universities. Students have secured university places across the breadth of the United Kingdom, from Aberdeen to Southampton. They will be starting courses in Belfast, Edinburgh and London; at Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Oxford and Warwick. Others will continue their studies in the Netherlands and Switzerland. They are studying a huge range of subjects, from Art to Zoology. A number of students will be starting degree apprenticeships, continuing a recent pattern where students have started apprenticeships in Accountancy, Business, Construction and Law.
To put their success in context, 17% of awarded grades were at A*. 46% of grades were either A* or A and, overall, three quarters of all grades were A*, A or B. A staggering 30% of students, over 50 individuals, achieved three or more A* or A grades. For each measure, the school either matched or improved upon last year’s exceptional results.
Our core values relate to academic excellence for all, the need for students to acquire knowledge, the need to contribute to society and preparation for future employment, wherever in the world that might be. We also strongly believe that all students should have those opportunities, regardless of background. 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. Their results are outstanding and we are very proud of their achievements.
Andrew O’Sullivan, Headteacher
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.
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