Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

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1. The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed.

Details of how to contact the school:

Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
Crossgate Moor

General Office Enquiries

Named person: Denise Scrivens
Telephone: (0191) 384 3887
Fax: (0191) 375 3020
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2. The determined admission arrangements for the school in relation to each relevant age group at the school, including any arrangements for selection, any oversubscription criteria and an explanation of the process of applying for a school place; or information as to where and by what means parents may access that information in the local authority’s composite prospectus published on their website.


For admissions information please access the link to the LA composite prospectus on their website. If you would like a hard copy of this, please contact the school (as above). If you would like any information about the admissions process, please contact Jacqui Coady (attendance and welfare manager) at school in the first instance. The admissions team at Durham LA have a webpage at http://www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions and can be contacted through the main switchboard at General enquiries: 03000 26 0000. The LA also have a text messaging service at Text messaging: 0779 787 0192 your message must start with the word: INFO.



3. Information as to where and by what means parents may access the most recent reports about the school published by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

You can access our Ofsted reports by following this link: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/114312

If you would like a hard copy of these, please contact the school (as above).


4.The school’s most recent key stage 4 results as published by the Secretary of State in the School performance tables, to include the following information:

(a) progress 8 score;

(b) attainment 8 score;

(c) % of pupils achieving a good pass in English and mathematics; and

(d) % of pupils achieving the English baccalaureate.


2016 KS4 performance Durham Johnston

Progress 8 score: Johnston +0.09 versus National at zero

Attainment 8 score: Johnston 57.2 versus National 48.5

% of pupils achieving a good pass in English and mathematics: Johnston 77% versus National 59%

% of pupils achieving the English baccalaureate: Johnston 47%  versus National 23%

For full information access the performance area of the school website, or published performance tables at: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/114312


5. The school’s 16 to 18 results, identified as such, in the information published by the secretary of State in the School Performance Tables, under the following categories:

(a) progress

(b) attainment

(c) English and mathematics progress

(d) retention

(e) destinations.


2016 KS5 performance Durham Johnston

Progress: Johnston +0.25 versus National at zero

Attainment: B (40.1 points) versus National at C+ (32.1 points)

English and maths progress: non entered

Retention: 98.2% versus national at 96.1%

Destinations: 89% versus published national at 89%. Our records do not align with published data. Destinations are stronger than this.

The Johnston offers only academic courses, and therefore data for applied courses and tech levels is missing.

For full explanation of these data, please access the performance tables below which give comparisons and

For full information access the performance area of the school website, or published performance tables at: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/114312


6. Information as to where and by what means parents may access the School Performance Tables published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education’s website.

For full information access the performance area of the school website, or published performance tables at: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/114312

Any questions or clarifications can be addressed to Richard Bancroft deputy headteacher. Hard copies (of parts of the data set) can be requested from the school at the above address.


7. The following information about the school curriculum—

(a) in relation to each academic year, the content of the curriculum followed by the school for each subject and details as to how additional information relating to the curriculum may be obtained;

(c) in relation to key stage 4— (i) a list of the courses provided which lead to a GCSE qualification, (ii) a list of other courses offered at key stage 4 and the qualifications that may be acquired.

The area of the website http://www.durhamjohnston.org.uk/curriculum has information about all areas of the curriculum.

It also has links to option booklets for KS4 and KS5 which shows course information for examined and non-examined elements of the curriculum. Using the Y7 core knowledge and understanding links you can also find the basis of the assessment procedures for the new curriculum post levels. There is information about fundamental British Values, PSHE and citizenship and careers.


8. Section 89 of the education and inspection act 2006

The measures determined by the head teacher under section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006:

Section 89 sets out the responsibilities of the head teacher for establishing and maintaining a behaviour policy which contains measures for promoting self-discipline and proper regard for authority among pupils; encouraging good behaviour and respect for others; preventing bullying; securing that pupils complete tasks reasonably assigned to them; and otherwise regulating the conduct of pupils.


This policy is to be read alongside other policies including:

- Attendance Policy

- Complaints Policy

- Whole-school Anti-bullying policy, including cyber-bullying

- Health and Safety protocols

- Medication in school/First Aid policies

- Intimate Care Policy

- School Code of Conduct

- School visits including risk-assessments

- ICT/e-safety


- Use of Force Policy

- Staff / student acceptable use policies

- Equal Opportunities

Copies of which can be obtained by contacting the school.


9. In respect of the school’s allocation of Pupil premium Grant:

(a) for the previous academic year:

(i) how the pupil premium allocation was spent

(ii) the impact of that expenditure on eligible and other pupils; and

(b) a statement as to the school’s strategy in respect of the pupil premium allocation for the current academic year:

(i) the amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation

(ii) a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school

(iii) how the pupil premium is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach

(iv) how the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation; and

(v) the date of the school’s next review of its pupil premium strategy.




10.Maintained schools, academies and free schools that receive Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding must publish on their website:

(a) how much Year 7 catch-up premium they received for this academic year

(b) details of how they intend to spend the funding

(c) details of how they spent their Year 7 catch-up premium last academic year

(d)  how it made a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.




11. The school’s complaints procedures.




12. SEN policy The report prepared by the school under section 317(5)(a) of EA 1996 (duties of governing bodies in relation to special educational needs(c)).

Each governors’ report shall include a report containing such information as may be prescribed about the implementation of the governing body’s policy for pupils with special educational needs.

Each governors’ report shall also include information as to:

- the arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils at the school

- the steps taken to prevent disabled pupils from treated less favourably than other pupils

- the facilities provided by the governing body under section 28D of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995




13. SEN information report  - section 69(2) of the Children and Family act 2014  and regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational needs and disability regs 2014)




14. Accessibility plan para 3 of schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010




15. The school’s charging and remissions policy determined by them under section 457 of EA 1996(a).




16. A statement of the school’s ethos and values.

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.

17. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form. This should include:

• the structure and remit of the governing body and any committees, and the full names of the chair of each;

• for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months: • their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government),

• relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including: • governance roles in other educational institutions;

• any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives); and

• their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.

Governing bodies should also publish this information for associate members, making clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees to which they have been appointed.

 (Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests; The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools: Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England, August 2015)   




18. How parents can request paper copies of the information provided on the website


Paper copies of information provided on the website can be obtained by contacting the school by post, telephone or email, marking the request for the attention  


Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
Crossgate Moor


General Office Enquiries

Named person: Denise Scrivens
Telephone: (0191) 384 3887
Fax: (0191) 375 3020
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.