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Dear parents and carers,

Can I wish you well for the Easter break? On a personal note I will be spending some time relaxing and some time preparing for the new term. For our students who will be sitting external examinations over the next term, I suggest they also do the same: take some time to refresh themselves for the challenges of the new term and the exam season, and spend some time revising.

I spoke to most of the students during assembly this week, reminding them that the arrival of spring reminds us of new life and new beginnings. The next term will see a new website for Durham Johnston being launched, with all that this entails; you will still receive weekly bulletins about what is happening at school in the same way as you do now.

Each new term also allows us to remind students and parents of the standards we require at Durham Johnston. Please ensure that your children are fully compliant with the uniform policy when they return after Easter. In particular, as we have mentioned before, girls’ trousers, skirts and footwear need to be in line with school policy.

I also want to take this opportunity to mention punctuality. There has been some slippage here at the end of the term, particularly from some students living within walking distance of school (those not on buses). There is a sanction system in place, and its implementation will be ‘renewed’ after Easter.

I know the vast majority of our students are in uniform and arrive at school on time. I have enjoyed getting to know some of our parents and many of our students this term, and am very proud of their achievements, as you will be.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle
Headteacher