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Dates For Your Diary

  • Friday 15 July 2016 - school breaks for the summer holidays
  • Thursday 18 August 2016 - AS and A2 Examination results available for collection
  • Thurday 25 August 2016 - GCSE results available for collection
  • Term begins Wednesday 7 September 2016
  • Year 6 Open Day - Monday 26 September from 9.15 a.m to 10.30 a.m.  and 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.mp
  • Sixth Form Open Evening for Year 11 students and their parents - Monday 3 October 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

It will soon be the end of term and we are looking forward to Wellbeing Week.   This is a chance for our students to develop both academically and socially outside of the normal curriculum.  We have invited a wide variety of outside speakers to support the delivery of the PSHE curriculum and are excited to engage with them next week.   Last year Wellbeing Week was a huge success and the students had great fun.  I am sure this will be the same this year and I look forward to seeing all the activities in action.  

The term ends next Friday and, as in previous years, we will finish at the earlier time of 1.00 p.m.  School buses will arrive on site to transport students home at the earlier time of 1.00 p.m.   

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



End of Term Reports 

Reports for students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be available on ePortal on Monday 11 July.  If you experience any difficulties in getting on to ePortal or have forgotten your password please email the schoolThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title=""> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



GCSE and AS and A Level Results

Examination results  will be available for collection on the following dates:

AS/A2  -      Thursday 18th August 2016

                     A2—8.00am        AS—10.00am


GCSE    -      Thursday 25th August 2016


Students may collect their results personally on the relevant dates above.  If for any reason a student is unable to collect their results in person they may either:

  • Leave a A5 stamped addressed envelope with Ms Gillham, Examinations Officer
  • Authorise a representative to collect results on their behalf.  The student's representative will be asked to produce a letter of authorisation signed by the student, before we release the results.
  • Please note that for reasons of security the school is not able to give out examination results over the telephone or email.

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 concerns regarding the publication of their results, they should notify the Examinations Officer, Mrs Gillham in writing by Monday 11 July 2016.


Future Business Magnates

We are delighted to announce that  three of our Year 8 students, Conrad Rees, Theo Glover and Ben Hadfield are the winners of the Future Business Magnates 2016. The team beat 20 other County Durham secondary school to win the eleventh, annual FBM competition.  The team was awarded the winner's trophy, £2,000 for the school and individual prizes of £50 each.  (Photograph below -  courtesy of Stride PR)



Durham Johnston has been involved with Future Business Magnates for eleven years and are firm supporters of the programme.  We believe that the competition gives young people a unique insight into the world of business.  It also helps the students develop entrepreneurial skills in communication, team work and decision making - skills which will be of  great benefit to the students throughout their lives. 

The team (Podium) worked extremely hard throughout the year and scored highly in every challenge.  The most challengeing task, as always, was to come up with a unique business idea.  The winning idea was for a wheelie bin docking station -  the Lock and Dock, which was designed to:

Prevent wheelie bins from being blown over and from the bin being set on fire

Protect from identity theft

Secure the bin from being stolen

Very well done!


Mr Martindale, Business Studies Department


Colour Fun Run


Wonderful photos of a wonderful event!    The run was started with a  touching speech from Miss Forbes and followed by a  round of applause for Miss Bittlestone. 380 pupils had a fantastic time and were all impeccibly behaved. They were joined by 20 members of staff and Miss Bittlestone's daugher Sophia who completed the run with Mr Garside.  The event raised £463 which will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and the trust fund for Sophia.

Mrs Bell, Head of Year 9


MinEd for Families Project

Please find below a link to a new and valuable resource for families.  The 'MindEd for Families' project was funded by the Department for Education and provides expert information for families with concerns about their children's mental health and wellbeing. The resources have been developed as partnership between parents and mental health experts. The aim of MindEd is to provide simple, clear guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development to any adult working with children, young people and familites to support the development of young healthy minds.


Amnesty International and Luhoto School

The recent non-uniform day raised £843 which is to be split between Amnesty International and the Luhoto School in Tanzania.  A group of Year 12 students, accompanied by Mr McArdle are currently in Tanzania on a  World Challenge Project, and will deliver the cheque to the school.

Thank you to pupils, parents and staff for their contributions.

Wellbeing Week

You will be aware that next week is Wellbeing Week, which is an off-timetable week of activities and events that we hope will educate and enrich our young people with regards to their wellbeing.  During the week there will be seperate SRE events for students in Year 7 - 9 which will be delivered by ‘Streetwise’ who are a leading charitable organisation who provide expert counselling, support and advice for young people in the North East. The sessions will last for two hours and all topics covered will be age specific and will allow our young people to be able to ‘ask the expert’ and focus on the importance of building strong relationships first. There will also be information on contraception and STI’s (Yr9 only), internet safety (all years) and the dangers of sexting (Yr9 only) and also the importance of delay and the Law.

If any parent has any questions regarding the sessions or they do not wish their child to participate then please contact me at school on Monday so that alternative arrangements can be made.

For further information please click on the following link.

Mr P Kennedy, PSHE and Wellbeing Week Coordinator



KS3 Drama 

The KS3 drama club, who meet on a Thursday evening, have been rehearsing a minimalist adaptation of one of the classic musicals, ‘Annie.’ As ever, the students have been working hard on this production.

In addition we also have our technical team consists of five hardworking students who meet every Tuesday evening to learn how to use the wonderful range of theatrical equipment we have in the school.

As ever, our creative, inspiring and hardworking students at Durham Johnston rose to the challenge and the performance was a great success.

Ms Ayrey, Subject Leader for Drama


KS3 English 2016

For information on the English Department’s  KS3 setting for the 2016-2017 academic year please click here

Mrs Walton, English Department


New College Events


Last week 30 students attended New College to complete a 2-day  ‘Masterclass’ involving Computing, Engineering, Early Years, Sport, Catering, Health and Social Care and Business. This gave them the opportunity to experience first-hand what life at New College is like as well as getting expert tuition in their subject. Here are some of their comments:

From New College – ‘The Masterclasses went really well and can I say how well behaved your students were, they were a credit to the school.’


Aiden  - ‘Inspiring, Informative, Energetic. How much did you enjoy the sessions 5 out of 5 (loved it). What did you like most freedom and staff.’

Brogan  - ‘Inspiring, useful, Informative, exciting. How much did you enjoy the sessions 5 out of 5. Katie & Andy were mint (tutors delivering the sessions)’

Health & Social Care

Hollie  - ‘Inspiring, useful. How much did you enjoy the sessions 5 out of 5( loved it). Would like to be a nurse or midwife Jack Prince - Inspiring, useful, Informative, exciting. How much did you enjoy the sessions 5 out of 5. What did you like most, learning new skills’


Greg  -‘ useful, informative. How much did you enjoy the sessions 4  out of 5. What did you like most?  Pneumatics.’


Taster day at New College

On Wednesday 50 Year10 students attended a Taster Day for vocational subjects at New College. They experienced 2 different subjects over the course of the day as well as seeing what life at a Further Education College is like. The subjects experiences included Engineering, Carpentry, Public services, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Sport, Media, IT, A levels, Health and Social Care, Early Years and Business to name a few.

They behaved really well over the day and had a great experience.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd in Guidance


Visit to the Sjovoll Science Centre

On Thursday four of our Year 8 students visited the Sjøvoll Science Centre to discuss how we could successfully promote careers in IT to young people.  The North East leads the way in games development, Wi-Fi technology and virtual reality, however there are thousands of vacancies yet to be filled.

The students' discussed advertising and promotion, encouraging girls into IT & STEM subjects and suitable career paths.  They came up with some fantastic ideas, particularly on how to effectively use social media.  We find out in September if our ideas were successful - good luck and well done Y8!

Miss Forbes, Subject Leader for Computing 


Miss Bittlestone Award

This week we were delighted to award our first "Miss Bittlestone Award for girls in Computer Science" to derserving student,  Rachel Ivory. Rachel has shown real promise in Computing lessons this year and has taken part in STEM events this year including visits to the Sage Gateshead and New College to get more 'hands on' experience of Computer Science.

Miss Bittlestone worked hard in encouraging more girls to take up Computer Science and was a good role model for those that did,  having recently completed a Post Graduate qualification in the subject from Newcastle University. This is an will be an annual award that we hope that will inspire and encourage pupils in the future.

Well done Rachel!

Mr Garside and Miss Forbes, Computing Department


Sports News

Despite it being the final full week of school there has been no let-up in the competitions we have been winning.

On Monday our Year 7 cricket team were playing Castle View in the County cup plate semi-final. We bowled first and restricted them to 65 runs. A good batting performance saw us win with 5 overs to spare and the reach the county plate final which takes place in September.

Also on Monday our U19 tennis team were at Egglescliffe in the Durham & Cleveland play-off. As County Champions we were hoping to add this title against a very strong Egglescliffe team. We played some excellent tennis to record a comfortable 5 – 1 victory and complete an outstanding tennis season for all teams.

On Tuesday morning our Year 7 athletes were at Monkton Stadium for the Miniathlon where they all compete in 3 events over the morning. All our athletes did very well but we are still waiting for final results for this competition.

The highlight of our sporting year took place on Tuesday night as around 300 pupils and parents were at Ramside Hall for our 22nd Annual Sports Presentation Evening. The evening was a great success as we celebrated the phenomenal achievements of the students over the past year. We were lucky enough to get Kevin Ball to come along to present the trophies. The evening finished with some food and a disco. Thank-you to all the parents wo have supported the PE department over this year and hopefully we can repeat these achievements next year.

On Thursday our Year 7 & 8 boys and girls athletics teams were competing in the Area Championships. It was an outstanding afternoon as we dominated many events to record the following results:

Year 7 boys – 1st

Year 7 girls – 1st

Year 8 boys – 1st

Year 8 girls – 1st

Good luck today to our U13 cricket team our mixed rounders team, mountain biking team and wheelchair basketball team all of who are competing in the County Summer Games at Maiden Castle.

Finally we are looking forward to our trip to Malaga leaving at 3.00am on Sunday morning – looking forward to meeting 70 excited children in the car-park ready for our journey to the airport.

Hope everyone has a lovely summer.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Durham Johnston Euro 2016

The final week of fixtures were played this week and Monday was the 3rd and 4th place key stage 4 game, Turkey v Poland. This was a very good game and was decided by penalties after the game was level at 2-2 in normal time, Turkey eventually won 3-1to take 3rd place overall.

Wednesday was the KS3 final, Albania v Slovakia. Again, this was a very tight game with the year 8’s (Slovakia) taking the lead before a wonder strike from Joe Hughill to level the game at 1-1. It was another penalty shoot-out that decided the game and it was the year 8’s who were victorious and received the John Sinclair Trophy.

Yesterday’s game for the KS3 3rd and 4th place was a game pretty much one sided with Russia winning the game 3-1.

Today Germany beat Ukraine 2-1, with two wonder strikes from Robbie Stewart, Great game for the neutral.

Mr Kidd, PE Department