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Dates for Your Diary

·         Monday 4th May – School Closed – May Day

·         Monday 25th May – Summer Half Term (1 Week)

·         Saturday 16th May – Alumni Gathering Event


Headteacher’s Message

Dear parents and carers,

It will not have escaped your notice that there is a general election on its way. I have been speaking to students this week in assembly about politics, power and influence. It was interesting to note how so few students recognised photographs of fairly prominent political figures. It is important for students to understand political concepts and how our system works. I also reflected with them about who it is on a daily basis that exercises influence over them. We reflected about the positive and negative influences of friends, the media and other adults. Clearly, it is important for young adults to begin to shape their own opinions and to be responsible for their own behaviours. I often hear staff remind students about the choices they are making, and that their choices are their responsibility – they cannot blame other people for poor choices about work rate or attitude.

We have already hosted prospective parliamentary candidates for sixth form, as you will have read in the bulletin. We will also hold a mock election in the week of the 7th May, so do take this opportunity to discuss different perspectives on political issues.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Can I take this opportunity to remind parents and carers or our communication position statement. Some queries have come my way about email procedures. Under usual circumstances parents are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that this can be forwarded to the correct person or named individual. The statement as agreed by the governing body can be found here.


Important information for Year 11 Students and their Parents and Carers

Year 11 examinations start this term and it is vital that Year 11 students are organised and that they have started to revise.  We are very keen to ensure that students have access to the best possible advice and support.

Students have already been well prepared by their subject teachers and it is very important that they continue to seek clarification and guidance in class. There are also some very helpful revision materials on the school website that can be accessed via the following links: an overview of revision advice from each department; some sensible suggestions for students about how and when to revise and some thoughts for parents and carers, as we know that you will want to provide as much support as possible at home.

Departmental revision advice

Revision advice for students

Revision advice for parents

Mr O’Sullivan, Assistant HeadMr O’Sullivan, Assistant Head



Year 11 Leavers’ – 13th May 2015

Please view the following information regarding Year 11 pupils and the structure of their last full day in school.

·         The Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly will take place on Wednesday 13th May. 

·         Year books will be given out during registration.

·         Periods 1-2 will be as normal and Assembly will be in James Hall after break.

·         Students will leave the site around 12pm.

·         Study leave begins on Thursday 14th May.

However, there are a number of revision sessions for targeted students in a range of subjects including English and Maths.

Mr Bancroft, Deputy Head


Important Information - KS3 Spanish Trip - Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the planned KS3 Spanish trip to Cantabria next September due to lack of numbers.

Please could any students who brought in a deposit see Miss Granlund in the languages department and your cheques will be returned.

Miss Granlund, Enrichment Coordinator


Durham Johnston Alumni Gathering Event


Due to high demand for tickets please ensure a place at the event by emailing your postal address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A ticket will be posted out to you on receipt of your details.


Live band ‘This Side Up’ Performance 


On Thursday our Year 8 and Year 9 students watched a performance by the live band ‘THIS SIDE UP’.  The performance was excellent and the boys performed a set of 5 - 6 songs including some of their current songs.  Our students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and I am sure they will look out for any future gigs by the band.

Here are the links to their LP:

‘Universe’: https://soundcloud.com/thissideupgib/sets/universe-ep/s-4dl0K and their website http://www.thissideupofficial.com

The boys have worked with and are going to be working with the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, which is now the primary children's facility in the country. 

They are also extremely well educated individuals, one is a recently qualified barrister and another has a Masters Degree in civil engineering.


This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to see a live band perform and considering the cost of concert tickets nowadays one that they all thoroughly enjoyed.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd i/c Guidance



Foodbank Collections     

We are collecting for Durham Foodbank again this term.  If you would like to help, please can you ensure your food donation arrives in school by Friday 1st May.  Durham Foodbank relies on food donations to feed local people in crisis.  From tins of fruit to cartons of UHT milk.  If you are able, please provide donations of in-date, non-perishable food from our shopping list

Your help is appreciated!

Mrs Dunn, Science Department


Ski Visit 2016  –  Payment  –  2nd Instalment due

A reminder to all parents of pupils going on the 2016 ski visit that the second instalment of £155 is due by May 1st.  It is important that this is on time as Skibound require the next deposit straight away.


Amount Payable

To be paid by

2nd Instalment


Friday 1st May 2015

3rd Instalment


Friday 3rd July 2015

4th Instalment


Friday 11th September 2015

5th and final instalment


Friday 6th November 2015


Mrs Hopper, PE Department


6th 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 27/04/15

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form


Sports News

On Sunday our Year 8 & 9 basketball teams were competing in the Durham Wildcats CVL tournament. Both teams were outstanding, winning all their matches by at least 20 points. This tournament continues tomorrow at Maiden Castle.

On Monday we had a record turn-out for athletics practice with about 60 boys and girls attending – great to see so much enthusiasm and talent.

On Wednesday our Year 9 basketball team travelled to Leeds for the North-east and Yorkshire English Schools finals. We had already reached the last 16 schools in the country and were trying to reach the National quarter finals. We played very well in both games but unfortunately lost out to teams who were much bigger than us. It was still a great achievement to get so far in the competition.

Also on Wednesday around 60 girls attended rounders practice – it will be a great challenge to select teams for the games which start next week.

On Thursday out Year 7 cricket team played their first game against a Year 8 team from Castleview. We batted first and scored an excellent 94 runs with Isaac Unsworth top scoring on 19.

We bowled very well bowling them all out for only 40 runs. This included Isaac taking 4 wickets in his two overs. The County Cup games will be starting soon.

Also on Thursday our Year 9 football team were playing in the Tyneside Schools football final against St Thomas More at Ponteland. We never recovered from conceding a goal in the first minute and unfortunately lost 3 – 0 to finish runners-up.”

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE