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Dates For Your Diary


  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 5 October, James Hall, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • GCSE Languages Information Evening for Year 10 parents - Wednesday 14 October 6.00 - 6.45 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,

It is that time of the year again. Durham Johnston’s annual Festival of Culture has started and promises a wide range of exciting events for our students and our community. We hosted a mobile planetarium on Thursday which was well received. We are hosting the authors Simon Bartram, Pip Jones and Linda Newbery this year, and we are continuing to develop our programme of working breakfasts for students. This year, Clare Pollard is talking to our classics students, and New Writing North will work with the DJ Pride Society with a special focus on Julia Darling’s novel Crocodile Soup. We have theatre performances from Saltmine Theatre and the Theatre Centre. Hopefully, something for everyone in this year’s programme. Click    to read more.

School continues to move at a pace through the term. We were delighted to welcome so many families to our Year 6 open day, and look forward to meeting many more families at our sixth form open evening on Monday. Our Year 7s have made their annual visit to the Durham Cathedral this week, the extra-curricular offer is in full flow.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,


Michael Wardle, Headteacher





The Durham Johnston Festival of Culture 2015 commenced on Thursday 1st October with a mobile planetarium experience in our Lydia Library space.

300 pupils and staff enjoyed a packed programme of educational digital dome shows for student in Key Stages 3-5.

Our mobile planetarium was operated by Immersive Theatres 360o Experiences and allowed us to screen 9 different shows to audiences, 30 pupils at a time, across the school day including lunchtime exclusives for our Connect 4 Lunch Club pupils and staff.



Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience which is evident from the following comments:


“It was a great experience, so interesting as well!”

“That was fantastic, completely captivated”.

“It was a really good and entertaining”.

“I was amazing and interesting, I actually felt like I was in space”.

“This is the best lesson I have ever had, it’s awesome!”


We now look forward to the traditional Durham Book Festival for Schools events  next week.

Ms Charlton, Director of Resources 



GCSE Languages Information Evening for Year 10 Parents

We would like to invite parents whose children are in Year 10 and who are studying a Modern Foreign Language GCSE course (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin) to a information session on Wednesday 14 October from 6.00 to 6.45 p.m. in James Hall. 

Details of the how language courses are assessed and how you can best support your child will be covered.   In addition the department will provide information about the KS4 exchange visit to France.

Mrs Wood, Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages


Year 7 Visits to Durham Cathedral

The whole of Year 7 visited Durham Cathedral and Palace Green over Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. This is part of the school’s response to the Henley report, which encourages schools to offer opportunities for children to experience high culture, including heritage sites. The pupils took part in a carousel of activities. They completed work on pilgrimage with the Ethics and Philosophy department, a whistle-stop tour of the whole cathedral with the History department, observational drawing with Art, and had the opportunity to re-design Palace Green with Geography. The brisk walk there and back came as something of a shock to a few of them, however!

We hope this trip means that when we return for our carol service in December, the pupils will have a better understanding of the great building they are visiting.



The pupils’ behaviour was a credit to the school, and we were complimented by several members of cathedral staff as well as a number of members of the public.  Well done!

Thank you to all the staff who accompanied the visit, helping to make it such a success.

Miss McKenzie, History Department



Geography Department:  Photography Competition

The theme of this year’s Geography department’s photography competition is Focus on  Modern Society’.

The competition is open to all year groups an prizes will be awarded for each key stage. Further details of the competition are available from staff in the department.

All entries should be submitted to Mrs Scott in the Geography department by Thursday the 5th of November.



Pictured above are the winning entries from last year’s competition. 

We expect that the standard of entry will be high again this year and look forward to the judging!

Mrs Scott, Geography 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 Monday 5 October.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form



Sports News

On Tuesday our Year 7 football team were at St Thomas in the County Cup. After a slow start we completed dominated the game going on to win 4 – 1. Also on Tuesday our Year 10 team were at home against Lanchester St Bede’s in the County Cup. Unfortunately they came up against an outstanding goalkeeper and despite creating more chances ended up losing 2 – 1.

On Wednesday we  were hosting the U19 Durham Schools' netball tournament. As always the standard was very high. We however reached the last game undefeated an needing a draw against Durham School to win the title. This was an excellent game with never more than one goal in it. It finished 8 – 8 to make us U19 league tournament champions.

Thursday was an extremely busy day. Our swimming teams were in action at Freeman’s Quay in the Northern English Schools' competition. All our teams performed very well with several gold and silver medal performances. Hopefully we will have full results next week. Our Year 10 football team were at Bishop  Barrington in a league game. They played some excellent football to win 3 – 1. Also our Year 7 and 8 netball teams were playing Choristers School in the league. Both their teams were strong and unfortunately were unable to win either game.

Finally on Thursday our Cross-country teams were at Emmanuel College for the opening event of the season. The standard is always high and we produced some excellent performances. Our Junior Boys' won the competition with the best score of the night. Sam Gibson was 2nd and Peter Cook 3rd. The Junior Girls' also won their competition with Emily Salmon winning the race. Our Inter Boys' were 2nd with Ben Horsfield also winning the race. Our Inter girls' finished 4th with Bridget Bradshaw finishing in 5th place. These results meant we were the best school beating Dame Allan’s into 2nd place.

Finally good luck tonight to our Year 9 rugby team who are playing a match at Harton, our VIth form football team who are away at St Aidan’s and our U13 girls football team who are playing Biddick.

Please click on the link for details of Football Fixtures 2015-2016

Mr Hopper - Subject Leader, PE