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Dates For Your Diary

  • Year 6 Open Day - Monday 26 September from 9.15 a.m - 10.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m
  • Sixth Form Open Evening, Monday 3 October 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
  • Year 7 Parents' Information Programme (English and MFL) Wednesday 12 October - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 12 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 28 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 5 December 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you had a good summer and that your children are ready for all that this new term will bring. I spoke to students in assemblies this week about being prepared for the new term ahead, but specifically in relation to being resilient. Together we thought about authors, musicians and historians, all who needed to focus and to 'keep going' when their circumstances were tough. As I said in my releases for our results this year, 'behind these figures lie countless stories of success - sometimes against the odds'. 

There are a lot of notices and new information at the beginning of term, especially for our new families. Do keep up to date though reading our weekly bulletins. 
Welcome to our new families, and welcome back everyone. 
Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Durham Johnston recognises the vital role good attendance plays in a student’s school life and academic achievement.  We expect all children to attend school regularly and punctually in order to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.  Those students achieving 95% attendance and below will be closely monitored.  

Please click on the following link for a Factsheet produced by Durham County Council regarding attendance advice for parents/carers. 

If you have concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact school immediately so the matter can be discussed in more detail.

Mrs Coady, Attendance and Welfare Manager


Language Masterclasses 

German and Spanish masterclasses for students in Years 8 and Year 9 begin next week:








Masterclasses in Mandarin will start in the second week after October half term. 

Miss Schwaiger, Subject Leader for German




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 12 September.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Music Notices

Music Enrichment Activities 2016-17

Please click on the following link for information about Music Enrichment Activities.  If you have any questions or require further information, please ask you son or daughter to speak to a member of the music department. Please note that all activities and rehearsals begin in the w/b Monday 12th September.

Tuition from Durham Music Service and Music Works

Music lessons begin in the w/b Monday 12th September and timetables are displayed in the music corridor. Please do encourage your child to check the music notice board and ask their music teacher if they have any questions. I’m afraid that we are unable to share timetables electronically with parents/ carers, but if you could encourage pupils to note lesson times in their organiser that should assist them to remember times. If you have a year 7 child who is receiving tuition, please reassure them that it may take a few weeks to get into the swing of things and that they should not be too worried if they miss the occasional music lesson at the start of term.

Musical Instruments

Each week over 150 instruments are brought into school by pupils and as many cases are very similar, please could I ask you to ensure that instruments are clearly labelled. I have a stock of name fobs and can supply these free of charge, if pupils need them. Also, musical instruments are usually covered by household insurance, but please could I ask you to check this as accidents do happen from time to time.

GCSE Pre-school Music

Please note that lessons for both the year 10 and 11 group begin at 7.40am on Tuesday 13th September.

Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Walks will start next week on Tuesday 13 September.  Full information is posted on the Duke of Edinburgh noticeboard in school.  If any student has not yet returned their fleece and walk letter, please could they do so as soon as possible. 

Students should come and see me or check the noticeboard if they have any queries.

Ms Clay, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Strictly St Cuthbert's

Following on from St Cuthbert's Hospice first and highly successful Strictly fund raising event, they are looking for couples to take part in their 2017 event. Couples who participated in the last event had a fantastic time learning and performing their routines, raising lots of money for the hospice, and making great friends along the way. There was a big range of ages and abilities, and they performed a variety of dances - waltz, jive, charleston, tango. It was fantastic to watch.


St Cuthbert's are:

  • Looking to recruit 10 couples (these can be friends, family, spouses, colleagues, etc) who will sign up to receive 8 dance lessons from one of our partner dance schools (one based in Newcastle, one in Houghton le Spring).
  • In these lessons, couples will learn a variety of steps, focussing on a style of dance best suited to them, to then learn a short routine in that style.
  • These routines will then performed at the Grand Finale event on March 18th 2017, at Rainton Meadows Arena.
  • Dance lessons will start in January 2017 and will continue for 8 weeks, taking place in the Dudman Academy dance studios in Heaton or Zazz studio in Houghton le Spring. Spaces are limited to just 10 couples and conditions apply.

What they are asking of those who sign up:

  • Find a willing dance partner to join them in their dance challenge
  • Pay a £30 registration fee per person
  • Fully commit to the 8 week’s training (The dates for the rehearsals will be confirmed shortly)
  • Bring along your friends and family on the night, selling a minimum of 10 tickets
  • Raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship per couple for this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity For further information please contact Jade McArdle, Community and Event Fundraiser at St Cuthbert's Hospital http://www.stcuthbertshospice.com


Leazes Bowl - Notice of Partial Road Closure

The final phase of the Leazes Bowl road works is the resurfacing of the road which will require overnight closures on three consecutive weeks, Sunday to Thursday. There will be no closures on Friday and Saturday nights.

From Sunday 11 to Thursday 15 September, 8.00pm – 6.00am, we will be resurfacing the north side of the roundabout, closing the A690 eastbound and diverting traffic up Claypath towards Gilesgate roundabout. The westbound traffic flow will remain as normal.

Please click on the following link for further information. Leazes Bowl

Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will be subject to a separate diversion which will be published on the website.

For more information on the whole scheme please visitwww.durham.gov.uk/leazesbowl or follow #leazesbowl


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