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Dates for Your Diary


  • Year 6 Open day - Monday 28 September, 9.15 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. For further information please cllick here.
  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 5 October, James Hall, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Year 7 Parents Information Programme - Wedneseday 23 September 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 16 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 30 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 12 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 7 December 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that you had a good summer and that your children have now settled back into the routine of school life. Welcome to those of you who are new parents to the Johnston!

Each week we are able to publish our Friday bulletin which contains both practical information about the coming weeks, and also celebrates the success of our students, both within the curriculum and through our extra-curricular programme. If is one of the core features in the way that we build community here. If your children have any successes that they want to bring to our attention, please ask them to speak to their tutors.

At the beginning of term I spoke in assembly to all of our students. During the assembly I showed clips from a project that we have been running for several years now, whereby we chose 10 students when they were in Year 6 and interviewed them each year to see how they were progressing and maturing. These students finished Year 11 in the summer. It was a really good opportunity for our younger students to see how others who have ‘gone before’ them responded to the opportunities and pressures of being at school.  I also referenced several conversations that I had with Year 11 on results day – some who were happy with their progress over the past years, and a few who expressed regret at not working harder.

As we begin the new school year I invite both parents and students to really make use of the opportunities here at the Johnston; there is a really rich provision both within class and outside the school day.

Yours sincerely,


Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Y7 Parents Information Programme

The dates for these for each of the Year 7 Parent Information events are the same as advertised. The order of events has changed slightly:


Wednesday 23 September 2015  -  English and Modern Foreign Languages

Wednesday 21 October 2015 - Maths and Science

Wednesday 20 January 2016 - E-Safety


Events start at 6.00 pm and finish at 7.30 pm.

We know that for some parents the change from primary to secondary is something new. It is certainly the case that the Johnston is a large institution. These sessions provide information about how we go about teaching key subjects at school, and some information about the curriculum. We try to make them fun too. Do feel free to come along and learn a little bit more about life in Year 7 here.

Michael Wardle



Summer School 2015 

Summer School 2015 was a resounding success, we learnt a lot, we got wet, we blew things up, we became young apprentices and Olympians, we learnt how to stay healthy in both body and mind, we explored the school, we ate like kings, we saw the gaming exhibition at the Centre for Life and braved the tube slide at Adventure Valley, we had so much fun and most importantly we made new friends! A class full of children (and some big kids too) were involved in a 2 week adventure – a wonderful, rewarding experience for all involved! Same again next year?!!



Miss Forbes - Subject Leader, Computing and Summer School Co-ordinator


Wellbeing Week 2015
It seems such a long time ago now since Wellbeing Week as we are 2 weeks into the new term and have welcomed a new cohort of Year 7 students to Durham Johnston. However I thought it would be a good time to share some of the photographs from the events during the week and for the our new students to see what they have to look forward to in July 2016.


As I said in July, the highlight of the week for me was when the firefighters joined 200 pupils to run a busy day of activities, focussing on water safety and physical fitness. County Durham and Darlington Fire and RescueService (CDDFRS) sent a fire and swift water rescue team crew, a number of vehicles and appliances as well as their health and fitness advisor to put all of Durham Johnston’s Year 8 pupils through their paces.  In addition we had experts from ‘If You Care you Share’ Foundation who worked with small groups of our Year 9 students and tackled the difficult subject of teenage depression, anxiety and suicide. Year 7 students spent the day tackling Anti-Social Behaviour and the effects on the community with Durham Constabulary. There was a Sexual Health event for Year 9 students and Healthy Lifestyle events for Years 8 – 10.

All year groups spent half a day participating in a variety of sporting activities such as tennis, football and dance taught by couple of expert coaches who were supported by members of school staff. There were also sporting activities within ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and Durham Fire and Rescue Service event.

In addition students had the opportunity to try making sushi, welding with chocolate, handle creepy crawlies, exotic snakes and dinosaur fossils and, for Year 10 triple scientists, the experience of working in a dissection lab. On the last day we took our Year 7 and Year 8 students on a journey to the centre of the universe.

Finally, to complete the week we had live music from Max Restaino, a singer songwriter from Sheffield and Pryme Kingz from London to finish.

Hopefully, I will have given new students a taste of what to look forward to at the end of the year. As an enrichment week there are lots of events that will hopefully entertain, educate and enthuse the students to finish the year on a high.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd i/c Guidance and Wellbeing Week co-ordinator


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 14 September

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form



Music Enrichment Activities 2015-2016

Please click on the following link for information for information about Music Enrichment Activities.  If you have any questions or require further information please ask you son or daughter to speak to a member of the music department.


Tuition from Durham Music Service and Music Works

Timetables are displayed in the music corridor. Please do encourage your child to check the music notice board and ask their music teacher if they have any questions. I’m afraid that we are unable to share timetables with parents and carers, but if you could encourage pupils to note lesson times in their organiser that should assist them to remember times . If you have a Year 7 child who is receiving tuition please reassure them that it may take a few weeks to get into the swing of things and that they should not be too worried if they miss the occasional music lesson at the start of term.

Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music


Sports News

Another exciting school year of sport has started this week. All clubs and trials are now in full swing and PE staff have the difficult job of selecting teams from so many talented young sportsmen and women. Please can I remind everyone that clubs are open to all students (not just those selected for teams). Details can be found on the web site and PE noticeboards.

Also this week our Year 8 cricket team were competing in the County final at Whitburn CC. They faced a very strong St John’s team and unfortunately ended up losing an excellent game by 20 runs.

Finally, the PE department will be at the Gala theatre tonight for the Durham & Chester-le-Street Annual Sports awards. We have been nominated for the contribution to Secondary School PE and Sport – an award we won last year.

UK Triple Jump Champion

Congraulations to Emily Gargan who competed in the English Schools National Athletics Championships at the Gateshead Stadium in July.  Emily came first in the triple jump event and is now the UK Triple Jump Champion. This event is the largest athletics event for school-aged students in England.  

Emily enjoyed success again last Friday at the UK School Games in Manchester where she came first in the triple jump event.

Very well done!


Football Fixtures 2015-2016

Please click on the following link for details of league football fixture for the forthcoming season.   Football Fixtures 2015-2016

Mr Hopper - Subject Leader, PE