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Dates for Your Diary

  • Tuesday 10 May - Annual Public Speaking Competition, 6.30 p.m., James Hall
  • School breaks for Summer Half term week on Friday 25 May and re-opens on Monday 6th June
  • Thursday 30 June -  UCAS and Higher Education Finance information evening 6.30 - 7.30 p.m., James Hall


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

You will undoubtedly be aware that yesterday elections were held for a variety of roles across the UK. Indeed, we are still waiting for some of the results to be shared. I bumped into several neighbours on the way to the polls yesterday, all of whom talked about 'doing their part', or 'exercising their democratic duty'.

At school through the PSHE programme we consider elements of democracy, in addition to health education, careers guidance, and financial awareness. Even at a basic level, it is important that our students have an understanding of our political systems and how our country works. I do encourage you to chat at home about some of the key political issues that are often being discussed in the media.

Have a good weekend. 

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


After School Bus Provision

Please note that following the May half term break the after-school buses to Bowburn and Brandon will run on Wednesday afternoon’s only.  


Public Examinations - Information for Students, Parents and Carers

Public examinations are now underway and will continue until the end of June..  Students will embark on study leave on the following dates:

Year 11  -  12.00 on Wednesday 18 May

Year 12  -  Friday 13 May and return to school on the 13 June

Year 13  -   Thursday 26 May 

Students will be issued with individual examination timetables at the beginning of next week together with a leaflet detailing important information about exam board regulations, dates when the results will be available and details of when certificates and coursework may be collected.  Please click here for a copy of the information.

Please be aware that it is the school's custom and practice to publish GCSE and A Level examination results in the local press.  If a student or their parents or carers have any concern regarding the publication of their results, they should notify the Examinations Officer, Mrs Gillham in writing, no later than the 1st July 2016.  


Exam Revision Advice 

We are very keen to ensure that all our students have access to the best possible advice and support as they prepare for their GCSE exams.

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 Head


Maths Challenge News

Hat-trick for Yuriy

Yuriy Tumarkin, Year 11 is pictured below with his medals awarded for the Intermediate Maths Olympiad. The top scorers in Year 9 get a bronze medal, the top scorers in Year 10 get a silver and the top scorers in Year 11 get a gold. Yuriy has come in the top group in each of the last three years so he has the full set! He is also scoring very well in the Senior Olympiad against students older than himself. Earlier this year Yuriy attended a training camp for the British International Mathematical Olympiad Team.


Intermediate Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Matthew Edge (Year 11) and to David Mathias (Year 10) who were both awarded certificates of merit in the recent Intermediate Olympiad Challenge.

Congratulations also go to Joshua Erlebach  and Rodrigo Raimundo Ramos who receive certificates of merit for their performance in the Intermediate Kangaroo Challenge.

Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Maths 


Music Department News

Instrumental / Vocal Tuition

Please note that instrumental and vocal tuition from both Durham Music Service and Music Works will continue throughout the Summer Term. If you son a daughter has an examination when their lesson falls, please encourage them to contact their teacher in good time so that a swap can be arranged, or if this is not possible, for their lesson time to be reallocated to another student. Also, please note that during study leave and after examination for both year 11 and 13 students, they are still very welcome to attend lessons. Pupils do not necessarily need to be in uniform, but they must leave the site as soon as their lesson has ended.


Music For a Summer Evening

Year 13 musicians, along with their families and friends are warmly invited to ‘Music for a Summer Evening’ on Friday 1st July 2016 at 7.00pm. This is an informal ‘cabaret–style’ event taking place in the Cafe, where pupils and staff entertain their guests whilst they enjoy drinks and a light buffet. It is an opportunity to say ‘goodbye’, and ‘thank you’ for all your commitment to extra-curricular music over your years at Durham Johnston School. The musical items usually have a more light-hearted feel to them than in the traditional school concerts, and I already know of some special items lined up for this year! In the past contributions have ranged from Noel Coward and Flanders & Swan, to Joni Mitchell and Radiohead!

If you would like to attend, tickets are available from the Music Department at a cost of £7.00. This includes food and your first drink. If you would also like to provide a musical item, please let a member of the music department know and it can be added to the running order. Similarly, if you would like to organise a group item as a last chance to perform with friends, then let us know. Please note that performers still need to purchase a ticket to cover refreshment costs.

Message for instrumentalists who attended Neville’s Cross Primary School.

To mark the Retirement of Mrs Hammond, a long serving member of staff who has done so much to support music at Neville’s Cross Primary School, a celebration of music has been organised. For more details, or it you would like to be involved, please follow this link. 

Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music


Annual Public Speaking Competition

You are all invited to our annual Public Speaking Competition which will take place in James Hall next Tuesday 10th May beginning at 6.30 and finishing at 8.00 p.m.

Once again, we have another set of ten excellent finalists whose speeches range from the serious to the amusing - from the dark side of other worlds, to those social issues they feel closest to hear.

Please come along and support our fine speakers.  Refreshments will be provided.

Mrs Scott, English Department


Vocational Learning Programme

Last week the some of our Year 11 students who have been involved in the Vocational Learning Programme at New College attended their celebrations afternoon. The Vocational Learning Programme enables the students to access subjects such as Construction, Hair and Beauty, Bricklaying, Plumbing, Painting and Decorating and Motor Vehicles Studies. Students from all the schools involved were considered collectively for the awards. Our students received the following:

Ethan Peaden -  Construction Skills Award - Painting and Decorating for ‘Best Skills’.

Chloe Hammond – Creative Industries Skills Award – Beauty Therapy received ‘Special Award’.

Finally extra praise is given to Chloe Jackson who received the Construction Skills Award – Overall Construction – ‘Student of the Year’.

Well done to all students who completed the programme.

Mr Kennedy, Design and Technology/Careers


Environment Club News

Environment Club members are continuing to work on developing and maintaining the pond and surrounding area. 

New planters, which are wheelchair accessible are now in place, tadpoles are thriving in the pond, blue tits are nesting, and the seedlings are thriving and ready to be planted out.

The whole area has improved over the last few months and is now attracting compliments from students and staff.

This week, environment club members have begun developing the tree lined area at the rear of the pond, underplanting the area with a variety of plants which will bloom year upon year.                                          .  

Whilst the pond has a thriving wildlife, it is in need of draining and dredging.  A project for the end of term perhaps?  Extra volunteers would be most welcome.

However, the cost of plants, seeds and gardening equipment is beyond the club's budget and members would welcome donations of any unwanted garden tools (spades, rakes, wheelbarrows, watering cans, gardening gloves, plant pots), or packets of seeds or plant cuttings.  Sadly a greenhouse or shed remains a dream for the timebeing!  If you do have anything to pass on, please contact Joyce Robson, Senior Science Technician.




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 9 May 2016

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form



Sports News

On Tuesday evening our Year 7 cricket team took on our Year 8 team in a pre-season friendly. It was a close game with our Year 8 team eventually winning by 20 runs.

Wednesday was  a busy day as our Junior & Inter athletics teams were at the Riverside Stadium for the Area Championships. It was another outstanding afternoon for Durham Johnston as we finished first in all four competitions to win the overall school title. The results are below:


Well Done to Durham Johnston School overall winners

Junior Boys

1st .   Durham Johnston – 118

2nd  .St Leonard’s – 106

3rd  . Ferryhill - 88


Inter Boys

1st Durham Johnston – 118

1st  St Leonard’s - 118

3rd Durham School -  114


Junior Girls

1st. Durham Johnston – 118

2nd. St Leonard’s – 106

3rd. Durham School - 87


Inter Girls

1st. Durham Johnston – 134

2nd. St Leonard’s – 119

3rd. Durham School – 90

Also on Wednesday our Year 10 cricket team were competing in the north-east Twenty20 cricket competition. We were due to play Monkwearmouth in the morning but they conceded meaning we went straight through to the semi-final in the afternoon. We faced a strong team from St Thomas More but an excellent fielding display put us in a commanding position. We eventually recorded a comfortable victory to set up a final (probably against Durham School) in June.

On Thursday our rounders teams were playing league matches against Parkview. Our Year 7, 8 & 9 teams all had comfortable victories. Our only defeat was for the Year 10’s who lost a very close game.

Finally good luck tonight to the primary school girls' teams who are taking part in a tournament at Durham Johnston as part of “Girls football week”.  Our girls' football teams will run the event, arranging the teams, refereeing, running penalty shoot out competitions and presenting the trophies.  Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa have kindly sponsored a new kit for the winning team and this will be presented by Abbie Watson our, Year 11 England footballer.


Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Football Fixtures 2015-2016



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