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Dates for Your Diary

  • Annual Sports Presentation Evening – Wednesday 8 July 7.00 p.m. at Ramside Hall (tickets available from the PE department)
  • UCAS and Higher Education Finance Information for Year 12 Parents – Thursday 9 July, 6.00 p.m., James Hall
  • KS3 Drama Club Production, The Mystern of Oz - Friday 10 July, 7.00 p.m. in James Hall (tickets available on the door)
  • Summer term ends - Thursday 16th July
  • Autumn term begins - Thursday 3 September
  • Year 6 Open day - Monday 28 September, 9.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 5 October, James Hall, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Yesterday we held our Key Stage 3 celebration evening. It was a wonderful event, much enjoyed by those who participated. Clearly at an event like this not everyone is lucky enough to attend, but as I said in my speech at the end of the evening, ‘You represent all of the students at school who work hard. You represent all of the students in school who achieve well. … Not everyone reaches the top. There are fewer seats the further up you go. But everyone can become the person you are meant to be. The staff and your parents are working together so that you can flourish.  We can see in you those Johnstonian values of old. We work so that you can be self-confident, reflective, enquiring, tolerant, respectful of the needs of others, caring, and community minded. We value commitment, hard work, resilience, duty, leadership. We can see these in you’. I can see these values in all of our students.

There are celebration and show case events nearly every day now before well-being week, and many of you will be involved. Thank you for your on-going support for the students and community here at the Johnston.

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Oxford University Visit


Fifteen Year 12 stayed with other north-east students at Trinity College's summer school before attending the open day on Wednesday this week.   As well as choosing courses and colleges they tested how well they were adapted to the tropical climate in Oxford and on the coach home.

Mr McArdle, Assistant Head (Sixth Form)



Supporting Students with Special Dietary Requirements

The School Meals Service at Durham County Council endeavour to work in partnership with all families to ensure that we can provide specialist diets and menus for all pupils in school.   If your child has an allergy or intolerance to any food could you please complete the form and return to the school for the attention of Mrs Coady.

Please include written confirmation from a Doctor or Dietician confirming the allergy/intolerance.

Unfortunately special diets cannot be put in place without this confirmation.



Secondhand Uniform

We try to maintain a stock of loan uniform in school and are always grateful when parents donate items of outgrown uniform, including PE kit.  If you have any items of uniform in clean condition please hand to staff at Reception. 



EXCELerate comes to Durham Johnston Sixth Form



Last week, EXCELerate brought their driving simulator to Durham Johnston to raise awareness of potential road hazards (especially speed) – for drivers and passengers.  All Year 12 students (current Year 13) had the opportunity to take part in this excellent ‘hands-on’ programme.  The feedback was entirely positive (informative and fun).  If you want to find out more – go to: http://exceleratedurham.com/

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form



Durham Dyslexia Support Group

Are you or is someone you know affected by dyslexia?  If so you are invited to come along to an informal drop-in meeting to have a cuppa and chat  about your experiences of dyslexia.  Durham Dyslexia Support Group would like you to tell them what support you would like them to offer.  Children and adults welcome.

Gilesgate Community Association
(Former site of Gilesgate Secondary School)
Bradford Crescent, Gilesgate, Durham DH1 1HN

For further info contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Mystery of Oz

The KS3 Drama club, with support from Year 10 performing arts students, have been hard at work rehearsing fo this summer's production.  .  

We look forward to seeing you there!  Ticket will be available on the door on the night.





Music Notices

School Music Festival

Well done to all 30 students who performed in the School Music Festival on Monday Evening, but I would like to give special congratulations to the following pupils listed below who received commendations during the adjudication.


The Whinney Hill Cup (Grades 1-3)


Winner – Naomi Erlebach (Trombone)

Runner Up – Sam Gibson (Saxophone)

Most Promising Performer – James MacLaurin (Voice)


The Crossgate Moor Cup (Grades 4-5)


Winner – Andrew Whitton (Flute)

Most Promising Performer – Nicholas Greeves (French Horn)


The Durham Johnston Cup (Grades 6-8+)


Winner – Adam Heron (Piano)

Runner Up – Mark Lilly (Guitar)

Runner Up – Martin Roussev (Guitar)

Most Promising Performer – Felix Collins (Guitar)


Instrumental/ Vocal Tuition

The last lessons of the year (apart from percussion) will take place next week. Please would you encourage students to  take instruments home after their last lessons to ensure they are not left in school over the holidays. Lessons resume in the w/b Monday 7th September.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Durham Primary School Team Mathematics Challenge 2015

On Wednesday 24th June Durham Johnston Maths Department hosted a heat of the new Durham Primary Maths Challenge. Six teams of four pupils from five different primary schools attended to compete for a place in the overall final. All of the teams put in an excellent performance and a great day was had by all. The smooth running of the day can be credited largely to our year 8 and year 12 pupils who did an excellent job of looking after our visiting staff and students. The visiting teachers commented on how mature, polite and helpful our students were thoughout the day. 

After four rounds of intense maths competition the results were as follows:

1st Place Woodham Burn Community School
2nd place Dene House Primary

These two teams will now go forward to part in the overall final at Bishop Barrington on Wednesday 2nd July.

The poster competition was won by Acre Rigg Primary School.



Special thanks to Adam Morris, Adam Morton, Alistair Wilkinson, Thomas Wright, Grace Clark, Laura Cookson, Mollie Coe and Laura Hobold from Year 8 and Jenny Simon, Cara Ellis, Dylan Mistry and Zane Stockil from Year 12.

Mrs Urwin, KS3 Maths Coordinator



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 6 July

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form



Sports News

On Monday our Under 13 boys and girls tennis teams were at the Puma Tennis Centre in Sunderland for the North-east play-offs. Both teams had already won the County Championship and were now playing the Cleveland and Sunderland winners. The boys beat St Robert’s 6 – 0 in the first game. We had a slightly harder game against Yarm School but still proved too strong for them winning 4 -2 to become North-east Champions. As well as the trophy the competition also comes with a £100 cheque for the winning school. They now move on to the National knockout stages in September. Well done to Harry Cookson, Tom Davies, Nic Thomson and Adam Crawford.

In the girls event the Sunderland school didn’t turn up so it was a straight game between ourselves and Yarm School. This proved to be an incredibly close game. After nearly 4 hours of tennis the score ended up 3 – 3. A 10 point tie break shootout was then needed. Unfortunately we lost this 10 – 5 to finish runners-up.

On Monday afternoon our Year 10 cricket team were playing St Aidan’s in the semi-final of the Tyneside Cup. We scored 135 runs in our 15 overs and completed an easy victory as we restricted them to 87.

Finally on Monday our U13B and U15B boys tennis teams were playing Staindrop in league matches. We again proved too strong for them winning the U13 match 6 – 0 and the U15 match 5 – 1. Our U15B team now qualify for the B league final which takes place next week.

On Wednesday our Year 9 & 10 rounders teams were due to play their final league games against Durham School. They were just about to start when the thunder and lightning started, closely followed by torrential rain. The games therefore had to be abandoned.

Also on Wednesday before the rain came we welcomed 300 KS1 children to our school. The year 8 girls lead a multi skills festival where the young children, ran, jumped and jumped their way through the morning.


Today has been the Durham County Summer games at Maiden Castle. We have been very successful in qualifying and we were the only school to have teams in every competition. After another great day we dominated most events gaining the following results.

Girls cricket – 1st

Boys cricket 3rd

Boys mountain biking – 1st

Girls mountain biking – 3rd

Year 7 netball – 3rd

Year 9 netball – 1st

Wheelchair basketball – 2nd


Definitely the most successful school in the County

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE