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Dates For Your Diary


  • Friday 24 June - non uniform fund raising day in aid of Amnesty International.  Please click here for further information.
  • Durham Johnston School Music Festival - Monday 27 June 6.00 - 6.45 p.m., James Hall
  • Thursday 30 June - 6th Science Careers Presentationn - 3.00 p.m. in Lydia
  • Thursday 30 June -  UCAS and Higher Education finance briefing for parents  6.30 - 7.30 p.m., James Hall


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

The murder of Jo Cox and the killing and injuring of so many members of the LGBT communities in Orlando reminds us all of the possible consequences of hatred. It seems as if everyone wants to respond emotionally in some way, but no-one knows quite what the correct response should be. How can our local and regional communities respond to show our solidarity with those that work for peace and to do our part in standing up against extreme actions?  I will be speaking at a vigil this weekend. We will reflect on some of the recent events across the globe, and think about what we can do as individuals to fight hatred and injustice when we see it.

On Radio 4 this morning a link was made between the ease at which people can abuse others on social media, and violence. We teach about this at school, but clearly, activity on social media is hard to regulate, both nationally and within school communities. Do remind our youngsters of this, and how hurtful comments can be, and of the need to be careful about what we say, tweet, or update.

Enjoy spending time with those near to you this weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Miss Bittlestone

Miss Bittlestone’s family and the whole school community are grateful for the continued donations and messages of support. Gill’s life and legacy continue to touch the wider community. Here is a link to a recent article in the Durham Advertiser  http://www.durhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/14554209.Durham_Johnston_raises_thousands_in_memory_of_popular_teacher/?ref=mrb&lp=6 


Annual Data Checking 

Data checking sheets have been posted out to parents and carers with pupils in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.   We would be grateful if parents and carers could check that all the details are correct, marking any  amendments or additions before signing and returning the sheet to school in the envelope provided by Friday 24 June 2016.  Pupils should return their envelope to their form tutor, who will record that it has been received. 



The Big Mouth - First Edition

A small group of Year 9 students were really keen to produce a Durham Johnston newsletter to share information on news and events in the school.  The group have met every week to work on the newsletter aimed at Year 9 students.  The first edition - The Big Mouth -  is intended to be both an informative and entertaining read.  A copy of the newsletter is available here.  The students hope that you will enjoy reading it.



Year 7 HPV Vaccination Programme

Girls in County Durham and Darlington secondary schools are to be offered a two-dose HPV vaccine administered over a 6 - 12 month period as part of the NHS Childhood Vaccination Programme.  The  Human Papillomavirus Vaccination (HPV) offers girls protection against the commonest cause of cervical cancer.  The first vaccination sessions are planned for September.  

Year 7 girls will be issued with a consent form next week to bring home for signature.  Deadline for return of completed forms is Friday 1 July.

Further information is available from the website  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/hpv-human-papillomavirus-vaccine.aspx

Jacqueline Coady, Attendance & Welfare Manager



Duke of Edinburgh

Students in years 8, 9 and 10 currently have the opportunity to register for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award at Bronze level, which will start in September 2016.  Students who are interested should collect a letter from Ms Clay and return their completed forms to Reception by  Friday 24th June. In addition to the information provided in the letter, further further information is available on the DofE website, www.dofe.org.  If students have any questions aoubt the programme, they should speak to Ms Clay, Mr Smith, Mr Briggs or any other member of the DofE staff team.

Ms Clay, Science Department


Music Department News

Instrumental/ Vocal Tuition from Durham Music Service.

During half term a letter which outlined the new charging arrangements from September was posted to all parents/ carers of pupils receiving tuition from Durham Music Service. Many thanks to those who have already returned the reply slips. Please could the remainder of the slips be returned to me asap and certainly no later than July 4th? If you have any questions of comments about the arrangements, please contact Dr Wardle, or me. If you didn’t receive a letter, or have misplaced the original, please click on the following link.

Durham Johnston School Music Festival

The School Music Festival will take place in James Hall on the evening of Monday 27th June in James Hall and there will be three classes

Class 1 (Grade 1-3)                          Whinney Hill Music Cup                                               6.00pm

Class 2 (Grade 4-5)                          Crossgate Moor Music Cup                                          6.45pm

Class 3 (Grade 6+)                           Durham Johnston School Music Cup                           8.00pm

All are most welcome to attend any or all of the classes. Please note that on account of the large number of entries received, class 3 will now start at 8.00pm.

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 in the Cafe, where pupils and staff entertain their guests whilst they enjoy drinks and a light buffet. 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. Performers will also need to buy a ticket to cover costs of food and drink.

Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music



Dying to be Cool

In the run up to the summer break Durham County Council has asked school to help raise awareness of their campaign to prevent death by cold water shock in the County's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and quarries.


Representative of Safe Durham Partnership are working with the friends and family of 14 year old Cameron Gosling who died from cold water shock while swimming in the River Wear, near Bishop Auckland and urge parents carers and pupils to read Cameron's story published on the following http://www.durham.gov.uk/dyingtobecool.


Sports News

Change for Life Durham Dash

On Wednesday this week 20 of our sports leaders volunteered at the Change for Life Durham Dash.  The Durham Dash is a primary school urban athletics event and this year over 700 pupils took  part in races through the streets of Durham and competed in field events on Palace Green.  Without the heldp from our volunteers this event would not be able to run.  Please click here to read the letter of thanks received from the organisers.



Last Saturday, 11th June staff from Durham Johnston accompanied the Durham Central Athletics team to Monkton Stadium. Athletes were selected from all of the secondary schools in the Durham Central area. Throughout the whole day of the competition our pupils performed very well, gaining a lot of 1st and 2nd places. The aggregate scores placed Durham Central in 1st place with 198 points, South West Durham team in second place with 181 points and Gateshead team finished 3rd with 168 points.

On Wednesday 15th June our junior girls' athletics team competed in the North East Regional final at Gateshead International Stadium. After an outstanding performance in horrendous weather the girls came 7th Overall. This is a great result which saw our team competing against the best schools from Humberside, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Mrs White, PE Department


Rowing Success

The National Schools Regatta took place from Friday 27th - Sunday 29th May, providing a fantastic opportunity for Durham Johnston rowers from Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 to compete at a National level. It was extra special this year as it was held on the Olympic lake at Eton Dorney and Sir Steve Redgrave was one of the umpires! The Year 9 girls came 9th overall in the WJ14 Octuple event.



On Wednesday our U14 boys and girls pentathlon teams competed at Monkton Stadium.  Out of 100 girls that competed, Ella Sampson finished 16th after her 5 events, a fantastic achievement. Jake Hillcoat in Year 8 finish 3rd overall in the U14 Pentathlon.



Below are some of the outstanding performance from both teams.

Sam Gibson-800M- 1st- 2:27.4- PB

Sam Horner- Hurdles- 1st- 15.2 seconds

Ben Coatham- 3rd Hurdles

Ellen Noir- 1st in shot- 6.53M



Durham Johnston Euro

Another week of fixtures has now passed and the penultimate group stage games. In the knock-out stages, games will be extended to 11-a-side and game length will be increased to 15 minutes per half. Below are the results for this week:

 0 Germany v Ukraine 0

 2 Spain v Czech Republic 0

 1 Albania v France 0

 2 Slovakia v Russia 0

 3 Romania v Switzerland 2

 2 England v Wales 0

 1 Ukraine v N. Ireland 0

 3 Germany v Poland 0

 0 Czech Republic v Croatia 3

 4 Spain v Turkey 3

 Mr Kidd.  PE Department



Football Fixtures 2015-2016



Leazes Bowl Roundabout Roadworks

For more the most up to date information  please visit www.durham.gov.uk/leazesbowl or follow #leazesbowl​