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Dates For Your Diary


  • 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  6.00 - 7.30 p.m., James Hall


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

We are nearing the end of term, and we have a lot of events taking place. Next week alone we have Year 6 and sixth form induction days, and a variety of music events. We will hear the skills of our musicians in our School Music Festival, and enjoy a soirée together on Friday as we listen to Music for a Summer evening.  We have the colour run on Friday too. The week after we have the annual sports presentation evening where we celebrate the huge number of successes in a wide variety of sporting competitions over the course of the year. Our preparations for wellbeing week are nearly complete too. It makes me very proud to reflect on all of the opportunities that our youngsters benefit from.

Thank you for your on-going support of the school. Have a good weekend.


Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Geography Prize Winners

We are delighted to announce that James Tozer (8JW), Mark Humphries (9JW) and Adam Morris (9UA) have helped the school to win 4th place in the national competition -  Help a South African School 2016.

The judging took place at the South African High Commission in London on the 17th June and, due to the high standard of entries, proved to be  a long and difficult process for the judges

There was just one mark separating 3rd and 4th places, and the students should feel very proud of their huge achievement.

The boys will receive their awards shortly and we congratulate them on their success.

Pictured below are the students with their entry, together with a  photo of the judges at work.




Mr Ray, Geography Department



Plea for Outgrown Uniform

The school maintains a selection of trousers, skirts, shirts, blouses and blazers and items of PE kit to loan to pupils.   If you have any items of uniform (including PE Kit) which your child has outgrown, but which is still in good condition, we would be very pleased to receive it.  Any donated uniform can be handed in to staff on Reception.


Annual Data Checking Sheets

Thank you to parents and carers who have returned their child's data checking sheets to school.  It is vitally important that the information we hold about young people is accurate and up to date.  In the event you did not receive a data checking sheet for your child in the post then please email the school.   We will issue a duplicate copy for your child to bring home.



Ski Visit 2017

May I remind parents whose child is going skiing next year that the third instalment of £155.00 is due next Friday, 1 July 2016.

Mrs Hopper, PE Department


Arriva Student Saver Ticket

We have received some information from Arriva about their student saver ticket options across the North East which may be interest to parents whose children do not qualify for subsidised travel.

For further information please contact Arriva by telephone 0191 520 5231 or visit arrivabus.co.uk/studentsne. 


Get Safe Online in Durham

Parents and pupils are invited to bring their computers and mobile devices to the Get Safe Online event in Durham Town Hall, organised by Durham Police.  The event is free and will take place on  on Wednesday 20th July between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to speak to professionals on a number of topics including:

·         Keeping children safe

·         Social Media

·         Shopping

·         Banking

A Formula 1 simulator will  be there and staff will give presentations to children about staying safe online.

Further information is available here.



Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Today is the last day for students to submit their application forms to take part in  Bronze Award Scheme.  If any student has missed the deadline, they will have the opportunity to register in 2017.

Ms Clay, Science Department


Careers Notice

NWG Living Water, based in Durham,  is currently advertising for IT/Digital Trainees (Advanced Apprenticeship/Degree).   Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 6 July.  Further information is available on the following link  https://www.networxrectuirment.com/jobs/advert/387989



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 27 June 2016.

 Operational Head of Sixth Form


Music Notices

Many thanks for a splendid year of music-making. It is not quite over yet, as we still have the Music Festival (Monday 27th June – no tickets required) and Music for a Summer Evening (Friday 1st July – tickets to be purchased in advance from the Music Department - £7.00) to look forward to.

Thinking ahead to next year, here are some provisional dates for your diary and details of weekly rehearsals which will begin in the w/b 12th September. These will be confirmed in September.


Concerts and Performances 2016/2017

School Christmas Concerts – Thursday 8th December 2016 – 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Carol Service – Friday 16th December 2016 – 12.45pm

Chamber Choir Evensong – Monday 30th January 2017 – 5.15pm

School Spring Concert ‘To boldly go where no concert has gone before’ – Thursday 30th March 2017 – 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Music Festival – Friday 30th June 2017 – 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.45pm

Music for a Summer Evening – Friday 7th July 2017– 7.00pm


Weekly Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule 2016/2017 (all rehearsals will be 2.45 to 3.45 unless otherwise indicated)

Monday – Chamber Choir – Lunchtime

Tuesday – Junior Orchestra and Wind Band

Wednesday – Junior and Senior Choir

Thursday – Senior Orchestra

Friday – Big Band


Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Sports News

Last week 33 Year 7’s set off for our Sports trip to Malaga. We arrived at the hotel in beautiful sunshine to start 4 days of competition. The whole trip was a great success with some great performances in beach volleyball, football, handball, Danish longball and tennis. Evening activities were also keenly contested including the highlight as the week as each country performed their act for “Durham Johnston’s Got Talent” It was a close competition but in the end France were victorious getting their medals presented in a closing ceremony on the last evening. We are now looking forward to the second trip which leaves in two weeks’ time.


While we were away our Year 7 and junior boys athletics teams were at Monkton Stadium for the Tyneside Championships. Both teams produced excellent performances as our Year 7 team won to become Tyneside Champions and our Junior team finished 2nd.

Also last week our Junior girls athletics team was at Gateshead Stadium for the English Schools regional round A final. Against the best schools in the North-east they did very well to finish in 7th place.

On Monday our U13 boys and girls tennis teams were at David Lloyd Centre, Middlesbrough for the North-east finals. They are already County Champions and produced more excellent tennis to finish as runners-up.

On Tuesday it was the turn of the U15 boys tennis team to take part in the North-east finals. They went one step further beating Yarm 4 – 2 in the final to become Champions.

Lots of cricket games have also taken place this week. On Tuesday our Year 9 team lost a County cup quarter final to a very strong team from Durham School.

On Wednesday our Year 8 team beat St Thomas More in the Tyneside quarter-final but unfortunately our Year 7 team lost. However the Year 7’s have reached the County Cup plate semi-final after Polam Hall conceded the quarter-final. Also on Thursday our Year 10 team won a close match against Parkview to reach the Tyneside final. And finally today our Year 7, 9 & 10 teams are all playing matches. Good luck to them all.

There has also been some excellent athletics news this week. Emily Gargan was in triple jump action at the weekend at the Under 20 British Championships in Bedford. She was up against some very tough opposition. Emily was one of the youngest competitors in the field of fifteen. Her first jump was a no jump, with her toe just over the white board. Her second jump put her into second place. Her fourth jump was her best and gave her a personal best jump of 12.36 metres. She came away with a silver medal at the end of the day. A very respectable achievement in only her second competition of the season.

Also Emily and Harrison Whitfield (Year 11) have both been selected by County Durham to compete in the English Schools National Finals which take place at Gateshead Stadium in July. A great achievement to have two athletes from one school competing in the triple jump national finals.

Finally, please can I remind anyone who is still wanting tickets for the 22nd Annual Sports Presentation Evening on Tuesday 5th July to get their tickets ASAP as only a few remain. Also please can those attending bring their ticket on the evening as it will be required in order to get food on the evening.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Key Stage 1 Multi Skills Event



On Thursday morning the school hosted a Key Stage 1 multi skills event for 10 primary schools. The event was attend by 300 children and sports leaders from Year 8 took the lead.

Well done to the group for displaying outstanding leadership qualities throughout the morning. Staff from many of the schools were very complimentary.


Durham City Tennis Finals

On Friday the Year 10 GCSE students officiated at the Durham City Tennis finals. The students showed excellent leadership abilities and ran the skills and games sections of the competition. Well done to the Year 3 pupils from Nevilles Cross Primary school who were crowned Chester Le Street and Durham City Champions and will go on to the Level 3 County Games in two weeks.


Mrs White, PE Department


Football Fixtures 2015-2016



Leazes Bowl Roundabout Roadworks

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