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Dates for Your Diary

·         Monday 9th  February – Year 9 Options Evening, 6.00 pm

·         Monday 23 February – Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evening, 4 pm – 6 pm

·         Monday 16th  March – Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening, 4 pm – 6 pm

·         Monday 15th to Friday 20th February - October Half Term

·         Monday 23rd February – Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evening, 4pm-6pm

·         Wednesday 11th March – Year 7 Parents’ Information Programme (Languages)

·         Monday 16th March – Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening, 4pm-6pm


Headteacher’s Message

Dear parents and carers,

As ever there is a lot going on in school at the moment. Of note are the preparations our examination cohorts are making for mock exams. We know that our students are working hard for these. Feedback is important for our students, and it is important that they listen to teachers' comments on how to improve, and put these into action.

Recently Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education, has been mentioning the need for schools to support students' development of grit, resilience and 'character'. Clearly these attributes are concerned with the holistic development of young people. However, when faced with exam pressure, which can be overwhelming at points for your children, determination to succeed and to overcome obstacles in learning is important.

Reflecting on when life has been challenging and when we have dealt with these challenges helps young people realise that they do have grit, determination and a level of resilience for the next issue that they may face.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Winter Weather

Following the recent spell of winter weather, may I remind parents that we always endeavour to keep the school open.  In the event that the school needs to close, we will inform you in good time by posting a message on the school website and sending out a text message. 

If you are not signed up to receive text messages from the school but would like to receive messages in future, you may download a request slip here.  Please complete, sign and return to staff on Reception.  

Please click here to read our Bad Weather Position Statement which is published on the website.

Mrs Slattery, Deputy Head



Key Stage 4 Option Choices for 2015-2017

Our Options Evening for Year 9 students and parents will take place on Monday 9th February at 6.00 p.m. in James Hall.  Subject leaders and other staff will be present to talk about their subjects and the courses on offer, and to answer questions.

Information booklets detailing option pathways together with an option choice form will be posted out to all parents with students in Year 9 at the beginning of next week.

We hope to see you in February.

Mrs Slattery, Deputy Headteacher


Mathematics Department News

On Thursday 29th January, James Timmins (Year 13) and Yuriy Tumarkin 9Year 10) took part in the second round of the British Mathematical Olympiad.  They had 3 and one half hours to solve four very challenging problems.  Only 230 pupils across the country are invited to take part in this challenge.  Just qualifying for the second round is a huge achievement.

On Tuesday 3rd February Cameron Bain (Year 12) and Jacob Bradley (Year 13) will travel to London with James and Yuriy to represent Durham Johnston in the UKMT Senior Team Mathematics Challenge.

On Thursday 3rd February, 120 pupils from Year 7 to 11 will take part in the individual Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.

It is a very busy time for maths competition.

Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Maths


Cuckoo Review

Luke Davis (Year 11) has written an article which is published in the Cuckoo Review.  

You can read Luke’s review of “One Man Two Guvnors” by following this link.


Ms O’Neill-Walton, English Department


What do you think about your school nurse service?

We would still like to hear from school children, parents, carers, teachers and others who work with children and young people in the county.  Help us shape services aimed at improving the health of children in the county by telling us what you think about your school nurse service. The closing date for the survey has been extended to Monday 16th February 2015.

How to respond?


·         Parents and carers of primary and secondary school aged children

·         School and education staff of primary and secondary school aged children

·         Secondary school aged children (11 to 19 years)

By post

Print and return the relevant PDF or contact us for a paper copy.

·         School nursing survey - parents and carers of primary and secondary school children (PDF, 233kb)

·         School nursing survey - primary and secondary school staff (PDF, 220kb)

·         School nursing survey - secondary school children aged 11 - 19 (PDF, 457kb)

Email your views….

If none of the categories above are applicable to you, but you'd like to comment on how school nursing can help improve the health of children and young people in the future, please email us.

More information about the review…..

The School Nurse service is provided by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (Community Services Division) and commissioned by our public health team. A review of the service is underway following the recent publication of government guidance on maximising the school nursing team's contribution to the health of school-aged children.

Your views will be used to help us shape this service to:

·         meet the present and future needs of children in County Durham,

·         ensure confidential help and advice is available to young people at the times when they need it,

·         provide the best support for school nurses in their roles,

·         improve how we work together as health, care and education providers.


Sixth Form Notices



If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on this link! W/C 02/02/15

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form



Music News

On account of Year 11 Mocks the music enrichment rehearsal schedule for next week will be as follows:


Mon 2 Feb

Chamber Choir - MU1

Tues 3 Feb

Junior Orchestra – Wind and Brass ONLY – MUS2

Wind Band – MU1

Wed 4 Feb

Senior Choir – Tenor and Bass ONLY – MUS1

Junior Choir – MUS2

Thu 5 Feb

Senior Orchestra – Wind, Brass and Percussion ONLY – MUS1


Durham Johnston’s Music Department presents STAGE & SCREEN

Tickets will be available from the Music Department and Mrs Sutton after half term.  More information to follow.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music  


University Explained – An Information Day for Parents and Carers


Sports News

On Tuesday our Year 9 and 11 basketball teams travelled to Shotton Hall in the English Schools competition. The Year 9 team played first and dominated the game in every aspect except shooting. We found scoring difficult but still were in control throughout the game eventually winning 39 – 32. The Year 11 game was also fairly one sided. We played particularly well in the second half eventually winning 58 – 29. Both teams now travel to Dyke House, Hartlepool next Friday requiring a win to become North East champions and progress to the national knockout stages.

Also on Tuesday our U15 girls’ cricket team were playing in the Area tournament at Framwellgate. We played some excellent cricket to beat Framwellgate and set up a decider against St Leonard’s.  Unfortunately on this occasion they proved too strong as we eventually lost a close game by 1 run.

Our Year 11 basketball team were in action again on Wednesday.  This time in the Tyneside Schools tournament. We easily beat Emmanuel College to set up a final against the hosts Parkview. Unfortunately this wasn’t our best performance against a strong team and despite never giving up we lost by 15 points to finish runner-up.

Yesterday our Year 9 basketball team were taking part in the Bishop Auckland Schools Tournament and Durham Johnston won!

Finally, good luck tonight to our boys and girls badminton teams who are at St. Leonard’s for a friendly tournament.

Click here to view the Sports Bulletin

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



New Rowing Programme

Twelve Year 7 boys have been given the opportunity to take part in a new rowing programme, coached by members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club (DARC).  Coaching will consist of lessons on the indoor rowers linked to computers, lessons in the tank and a specialised rowing machine on water.  Finally, lessons will take place on the river.


This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain expertise in a new sport and increase their fitness levels.  

Mr. Kidd, PE Department