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Dates for Your Diary

  • Year 11 Mock Examinations - 25 January - 5 February.  Please click on the following links for a copy of the Year 11 mock examination timetable  and guidance on revision for both students and for parents 
  • Monday 8 February - Year 9 Options Evening 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Friday 12 February - school breaks for Spring Half Term for one week
  • Monday 22 February - term begins
  • 22 - 29 February - Year 12 and 13 mock examinations
  • Ski visit - 22 - 26 February to Les Menuires
  • Monday 29 February - Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Monday 14 March - Year 10 Parents' Consultation Evening, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Thursday 24 March - school breaks for the Easter holidays (2 weeks and 1 day)
  • Monday 11 April - term begins



Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

I am already looking forward to my summer holiday in August. It is good to have something to aim for during the cold winter months. The wind and weather today has been quite something.

It is good for all of our students to have an end point in their mind too. What is it that they want to do when they leave school? Where do they want to be in 10 years’ time? Our Year 11 students are doing their mock exams, and it is good for them to know what grades they need for the next stage in their education, employment or training. All of our students benefit from a variety of enterprise and careers activities across the years that they are at the Johnston. There are often articles in this bulletin about opportunities given to our youngsters to experience the world of work or to gain an insight into different careers. Mr Kennedy in the DT department heads up this work for the school, and tracks the destinations of our students after they have moved on from school. If there are any questions about careers or information, advice and guidance, do pass these on to Mr Kennedy.

It has been another busy week at school. Do enjoy reading what our youngsters have been up to.

Have a nice weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


False nails

Due to health and safety implications in some subject areas such as food technology and physical education, can I remind parents and carers that false nails are not to be worn by students in school.

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Key Stage 4 Option Choices 2016-2018

The Year 9 Options Information Evening will take place on Monday 8 February.  The evening will begin promptly at 6.00 p.m. in James Hall followed by the opportunity to talk to subject leaders and departmental staff about courses on offer, and to ask questions.   We look forward to seeing you on the 8th, but in the event you are unable to attend, and have some questions about options choices please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Please note that the deadline for your child's Options Choice form is Friday 4 March 2016.  Forms should be handed in to staff at Reception.

Mrs Slattery, Deputy Headteacher


E-Safety Reminder

Following recent safeguarding incidents which are being dealt with by the the local police, the Local Authority has asked schools to remind parents that ooVoo, along with other apps still presents a risk to youngsters.  Please click on the following link to read their advice.


North East Digital Girls Event



This week our Y9 girls were invited to the North East Digital Girls event which took place at the Sage in Gateshead. Over 500 girls from the region and thousands from across the country took part- the biggest event of its type in Europe! A truly wonderful opportunity to look at STEM careers and advancing technologies. With inspirational speakers throughout the day and the opportunity to test out these technologies and developments.  This ranged from marine biology to coding to electronics. Our girls excelled and three students came away with prizes for their hacking and coding abilities! Thank you to Accenture for giving us this opportunity.

Miss Forbes, Subject Leader for Computing



Ski Visit 2017

A letter advising of next year's educational ski visit has been issued to those children who have expressed an interest in participating in next year's educational ski visit.  The visit to Serre Chevalier in the French Alps will take place from 14 - 21 January 2017.  If you woud like to secure a place for your son or daughter I would be grateful if you could lcomplete the tear-off slip at the bottom of the letter and return to school as soon as possible, but before the deadline of 4 March 2016, together with the deposit and documentation outlined in the letter.  For further details please click on the following link.

Mrs Hopper, 2nd in PE 


Year 10 Fashion Project

Year 10 students have been working on a fashion project using paper as a way of modelling their design work whilst they are gaining technical sewing skills.

The outcomes have been fantastic as you can see below!  


Miss Hodgson, Design and Technology 


Evolution Football Coaching

Wellbeing Week is planned so that our young people can experience things that they may not have done before, or possibly participate in the future. We again anticipate Wellbeing Week this year to be interesting, varied and exciting for students and staff alike and should be a chance to relax and celebrate what we have achieved in the last year.

Each year we try to include new ventures and in partnership with ‘Evolution Football Coaching’, this year we will be offering your child the opportunity to participate in a 5- day Football Coaching Camp that will run parallel with the rest of the school activities but be completely independent. Here is a link to their website:


This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to develop their abilities as a football player as well as developing personal skills such as team participation, increased drive and ambition, leadership skills, organisational abilities and consideration for others.

This is open to both boys and girls in Years 7-9 and the cost to participate in the 5 day football coaching camp is £45.00 per child which would be payable no later than half term of the summer term. If you would like your child to take part then please complete the attached slip and return to school for my attention. (If your child is attending either the Malaga or Howtown trips they will not be able to participate as they are at the same time as this camp).

Further information is available on the attached letter.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd in Guidance



Music Department News


On Monday evening, Chamber Choir sang Choral Evensong in Durham Cathedral. Many appreciative comments have been received from the clergy and members of the congregation who were present, and although some of the choir were quite apprehensive about this new experience, it’s fair to say that the choir sang some complex music with a secure sense of musicianship and appropriate decorum, and were a credit to the school. 


Ensemble Rehearsals

On account of James Hall not being available during GCSE Mock Examinations, next week’s music rehearsals will be as follows. 


Tuesday 2 February


Junior Orchestra (strings only)  – MU2

Wind Band – MU1

Wednesday 3 February


Junior Choir – MU2

Senior Choir (tenors and basses only) – MU1

Thursday 4 February


Senior Orchestra – (wind and brass only) – MU1

Friday 5 February


Big Band – MU1


Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



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 1st February 2016

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form



Football Fixtures 2015-2016




Gilesgate Roundabout Roadworks

For up-to-date information regarding the forthcoming work due to start on Gilesgate roundabout please visit www.durham.gov.uk/gilesgate.