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Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Yesterday saw our celebrations event for Key Stage 3 students. It was a great evening, when we were able to highlight the successes of some of our students. Some of these were academic in nature, other prizes were awarded for community endeavour, charity support and caring attitudes. We also saw snippets of a variety of events which will be taking place over the next few days before the end of term.

Musically, we have the ‘DJ Music Festival’ where we hear the musical accomplishments of our students, and ‘Music for a summer evening’ a relaxed event where we can enjoy live music together. We have the annual A level fine art exhibition on Friday 4thJuly where we can see the amazing standards reached by some of our artists at school.  Many of you are already attending the 20th Sports Presentation evening that will take place on the 10th July. All of the details for these events have been shared with you, and are available from the Friday bulletin.

So as we approach the end of the year we are able to reflect on our students’ success and hard work. We are rightfully proud of our students, as I am sure you are of your children.

Have a lovely weekend.

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 30th June – Year 7 Parents’ Evening
  • Tuesday 1st July – Year 7 Parents’ Induction Session at 6pm, (e-Safety)
  • Wednesday 2nd July - Information Evening for Battlefields Visit at 5pm - 6pm
  • Thursday 10th July - 20th Durham Johnston Annual Sports Presentation Evening,S t Hild and   St. Bedes's, 7pmSt Bede College  St Bedess 
  • Term ends 17th July 2014 


Information Evening for Parents -Battlefields Visit

Parents of students attending this year’s Battlefields visit are invited to attend an information evening in the school Hall on Wednesday 2nd July from 5.00pm until 6.00pm.

Mr Wilbraham, Subject Leader for History


How to collect exam results

Please be aware of the following guidance that was issued to all students before the public examinations began in June.  We regret that we cannot give out exam results over the phone or by email.

Mr Bancroft, Deputy Head


Collecting your results

Examination results will be available for collection on the following dates.





Thursday  14th August 2014

A2 - 8.00am   AS - 10.00am





Thursday  21st August 2014

YEAR 11    10.00am

YEAR 10    11.00am


You may collect your results personally on the relevant dates above.  If for any reason you are unable to collect your results in person you may either:

  • Leave an A5 stamped addressed envelope with Ms Gillham, Examinations Officer before you embark on study leave.
  • Authorise a representative to collect the results on your behalf.  The person you nominate must produce a letter signed  by you before the  results are released.

For reasons of security the school is not able to give out examination results over the telephone or via email


Music News

Wind Band goes to Birmingham!


On Wednesday Wind Band travelled to Birmingham Town Hall to perform in a National Conference which marked the end of Durham Johnston’s  yearlong collaboration with the English Folk Dance and Song Society in ‘The Full English Project’, which was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Conference was called ‘From Archive to Action’ and each of the 18 participating schools demonstrated some of the ways that they had worked with folk materials from their local area, which had been made available online as part the project. Wind Band were chosen to open the afternoon session,  and they performed two arrangements of local folk songs, ‘Down the Wagon Way’ and ‘The Winlaton Calling on Song’ which had been specially written for them, by the local folk musician Ian Stephenson. It’s always a difficult thing to be first, but they performed magnificently and several of the organisers commented on their professional conduct whilst on stage, and the high quality of their performance. It was a long day, but it has been a pleasure to take part in this project and it was privilege to be chosen to perform as part of the culmination of ‘The Full English’ and we look forward to further collaboration with EFDSS in the future.


School Music Festival – Thursday 3rd July (James Hall)

Parents and friends of competitors are most welcome to attend for the whole evening or just for an individual class. Tickets are not needed for the event.

Class 1 (Grades 1-3) – 18.00 – Adjudicator – Mr A Hodgson

Class 2 (Grades 4-5) – 18.45 – Adjudicator – Mrs C Sinclair

Class 3 (Grades 6+) – 19.45 – Adjudicator – Miss F Massey


Music for a Summer Evening – Friday 11thJuly 7pm (James Hall)

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance and include first drink and light refreshments, are available from the Music Department at £6 each.

Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music


Sky Sports Living for Sport



This week the BTEC PE group began a project called Sky Sports living for sport. They were very lucky to have an opportunity to work with GB paralympian, Gemma Collis who has recently returned from the Sochi winter Olympics. The pupils heard Gemma’s inspirational life story, outlining how she got to this stage in her life and where she competes at top level in wheelchair fencing. Gemma gave our pupils lots of tips how to make the most of every situation using 6 main points.

The six keys to success are:

  1. Mental toughness
  2. Hunger to achieve
  3. People skills
  4. Sports and life knowledge
  5. Breaking barriers
  6. Planning for success

The six keys to success are designed to help young people develop valuable life skills that will help them in and outside of school, now and into the future.

We look forward to welcoming Gemma back into school on Monday to work with some of our Year 7 boys who are training for a local fencing competition.

Mrs. White, PE Department


Durham Johnston World Cup


The World Cup group stages for the boys is over with and the quarter final line ups have been decided. For Years 9 and 10 all excitement is revolving around the two tournament favourites 10C (Ivory Coast) and Iran (10R) who have managed to avoid each other in the quarter finals and now cannot meet until the final. Can any others stop them beforehand?

Now it's time for the boys to stand aside as the girls tournament kicks off on Monday. Again the tournament has been very well with chants, flags and banners present for every game. We're looking forward to the girls showing us what they can do and to help their form gain more house points.

Click here to find out the results and fixtures for both the boys and the girls tournament.


Mr Garside, Mrs Jackson, Miss Granlund


Year 8 Historians' visit Beamish Open Air Museum



Last week, several Year 8 historians were involved in activities that gave them a taste of life in the nineteenth century. On Tuesday 17th, 8UA were invited into the Beamish Museum Workhouse to gain a hands-on experience of what lives would be like for those who found themselves without work during the Victorian period. A day of gruelling labour, followed by some ‘delicious’ gruel, gave them a real taste of what life must have been like… And perhaps made them appreciate that a bit of homework isn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things!

On Thursday 19th, selected pupils from across Year 8 visited Killhope Lead Mining Museum in Weardale, where they role-played the lives of migrant miners who came to Killhope in an attempt to make their fortune- or, perhaps, just to scrape a living. After a visit into the mine, learning about the mining process and learning about the different factors that impacted upon the lives of the miners, pupils then had an opportunity to live the experience, ‘striking a bargain’ with the mine owners to work a particular section of the mine and hunting for the lead ore themselves.

On both trips, the pupils were a credit to Durham Johnston - their behaviour was outstanding throughout and they came away enthused and excited about History. A big thank you as well to Mr Wilbraham and Miss McKenzie for helping to make the visits so successful.

Mr Doyle, History Department


Year 9 Rewards Evening

On Tuesday a selection of our Year 9 pupils attended a rewards evening for their efforts during the course of the year.  They met at 5pm for their social gathering, enjoying each other’s company over a BBQ style buffet and then proceeded to James Hall for a disco and karaoke.  Everyone embraced the evening, even if some did not wish to sing!  There were some outstanding solo performances and group numbers.  People danced their socks off and enjoyed the evening.

I would like to thank all those in Year 9 for their efforts during this academic year and hope that more students will take up the offer of rewards in the future.

Mr Bowman, Head of Year 8


Creative Gardening!

Our Science Technicians Miss Robson and Mrs Argument have undertaken to ‘tame’ the willow tunnel located next to the school pond.

Over the last year they have worked on this project in their own time, and you can see the impressive results in the photos below.  It will now be an easier task to maintain the arch in the future. 

The technicians have also recycled old pallets to create raised beds which will be used by members of the science department to grow plants for use in science lessons.  The technicians were pleased for Miss Swaine’s help in preparing the wooden frames.

The next project on the list is to repair and redesign the pond, which has over time become slightly unkempt!




Many thanks to Miss Robson and Mrs Argument for taking the initiative with this project!


Durham Johnston Drama Club presents - Robina Hood



Teams of the Week

On Monday our Year 8 cricket team had a comfortable victory against St Aidan’s to win their group and qualify for the Tyneside Schools Final which takes place on Monday 7thJuly at Silksworth CC.

On Tuesday our teams produced some outstanding performances at the Area Athletics Championships. The results were as follows:

Year 7 boys – 2nd

Year 8 boys – 1st

Year 7 girls – 1st

Year 8 girls – 2nd

These results mean that Durham Johnston is overall schools champion.

Later that evening our U13 boys tennis team recorded a 6 - 0 victory against Hummersknott in their final league game.

On Wednesday an outstanding bowling and fielding display by our Year 8 cricket team saw us bowl out defending county champions St Thomas More for only 38 runs in the county quarter final. We scored the runs easily to reach the County semi-final.

Congratulations to Year 12 student Rosie Lindsay who came 3rdin the European 16-19 Spring Triathlon in Kitzbuhel, Austria on 20thJune.

Finally good luck for Thursday night to our U13 boys & girls tennis teams who are playing at Biddick.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE