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Dates For Your Diary

  • School Photos - 3 and 4 October 
  • 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,

In assembly this week I talked to the students about fundamental British values.  We explored what it means to live in a democracy, issues linked to the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance.  I commented on the fact that these can be seen as human values, we don't have the monopoly on them just because we are British.  I was proud to be able to tell the students that they are living proof of some of our core values.  We want Johnstonians to be reflective, enquiring, tolerant, positive and respectful of the needs of others. 

Linked to this I have been inundated by positive comments about the behaviour of our students at the Year 6 Open Evening and during the Year 7 Cathedral visits this week.  I was proud to congratulate the students in their assemblies.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Careers Information

Students in Year 11 are responsibile for ensuring they have secured their options for post-16 careers.  Please encourage your child to begin researching their options as a priority, early in this academic year.

A letter containing the ‘Information and Advice Evening’ dates for all of the local schools and Further Educational colleges this year was recently issued to students.  Applications will be taken at these events for entry in 2017-18 and multiple applications can be made by students which will ensure they have options to consider after they receive their exam results. A copy of the letter is available here.

The first of these  events will be held next week as follows:

  • Durham Johnston 6th Form Open Evening – Monday 3rd October (6-8pm).
  • New College Open Evening – Tuesday 4th October (5-7pm).
  • Durham School – Wednesday 5th October (6-7.30pm).
  • East Durham College - Peterlee Campus – Wednesday 5th October (5-7pm)

Mr Kennedy, Careers and Guidance


School Photos

The school photographer will be in school on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October.   Individual photos for students in Years 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 will be taken on Monday 3rd October.  Individual photos for students in Years 9 and 10 will be taken on Tuesday 4th October, along with groups photos for Years 11, 12, and 13.


Term and Holiday Dates

The term and holiday dates until July 2018 have been posted on our website.  For future reference a link to this information can be found on at the top right handside of the home page of our website.   


Promoting Online Safety

On Wednesday Rich Cottell visited Durham Johnston and gave a very entertaining performance to students in Years 7 and 8.   His rapport with the students was excellent and during his performance he discussed that to live in a social media society, can open up communication on a global level but the risks this can bring are equally global.  Knowing who you are talking to and with whom you are sharing information is vitally important. Rich also explained that in accessing sites such as ‘YouTube’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Facebook’, ‘Instagram’ and ‘Snapchat’ you are handing over permission for these organisations to access personal information that you may not want sharing.

Rich entertained the students with songs and laughter and the students who joined him on stage to sing along were excellent.

Students commented:

‘Rich Cottell’s performance was amazing! He can sing really well. He was also really funny and made us all laugh. Overall Rich Cottell was amazing!’ – Emily Yr8

‘I liked the performance, it was really good. Rich was really funny and hilarious. I was surprised he knew that many YouTubers’ – Callum Yr8

You can find out more about Rich at the following links:

Rich is a singer/songwriter from Devon. Describing his music as feel good indie pop – with a ‘life is just wonderful’ vibe, Rich’s personality is a perfect match for his music. Before performing to big crowds, Rich used to teach music to pupils in schools all over Devon. Since then he has supported some major artists including The Wanted and Olly Murs. Check out a couple of his links below;

Rich has also toured the country with an online safety message.  Following are a selection of press links reviewing the programme:





Mr Kennedy, Careers and Guidance


Duke of Edinburgh

Congratulations to the students in the purple and yellow teams who successfully their completed their Bronze final expedition at the weekend.


Miss Clay, Co-ordinator - Duke of Edinburgh Scheme 


Sixth Form Weekly Notices

If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on this link!  3rd October 2016

Please click on the following link for updated information about Sixth Form Societies.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Music Notices

Music Awards

Congratulations to Bea Smellie and Ella Crawford, both members of year 13 last year, who were both awarded a prize in recognition of the high standard of their A Level Compositions at a dinner on Wednesday evening. The annual competition is organised by members of the St Cecilia Lodge and is open to all A Level pupils from secondary schools between the Tees and the Tyne. Bea, whose composition was a setting of two 1916 poems reflecting on life during the Great War, was awarded first prize and a cheque for £50 and Ella’s Sonata for Saxophone and piano won a prize of £25.

Also, congratulations to Sofia Hryniv (year 13) and Anna Lessels (Year 9) on being awarded prizes from the London College of Music for marks achieved in recent examinations. They have been invited to perform in a North East prize-winners concert which will take place in school in late October.

Music Enrichment

All ensembles have made a fantastic start to this year and numbers at rehearsals are as follows, but there is always room for more! Please ask your child to talk to a music teacher if they would like to join a group.

Junior Orchestra - 46

Junior Choir - 27

Wind Band - 48

Big Band - 21

Chamber Choir - 33

Senior Orchestra - 82

Senior Choir - 88

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Sports News

On Monday our U15 tennis team took on Yarm in the National knockout stages of the Schools Cup. This was always going to be a difficult match and proved to be the case as we lost 4 - 1.

On Tuesday our Year 7, 8, 9 & 11 football teams travelled to Woodham for league games. Our Y7 team lost their first game of the season 5 - 3. The Y8 team continued their dominant start winning 10 - 0. The Y9's also suffered their first defeat going down 3 - 1. Better news for our Y11's as they won a 13 goal thriller 8 - 5.

Also on Tuesday our Y8 and Y10 rugby teams were at St John's for a pre-season friendly tournament. They both played some excellent rugby winning several games.

Thursday was a busy night as we hosted the U19 netball tournament. As always the standard was very high and our girls played some of the best netball of the evening. Our B team finished in a credible 6th place and our A team lost an exciting final 4 - 6 to Durham High to finish runners-up.

Also on Thursday our cross-country teams travelled to Emmanuel College for the first competition of the season. In very windy conditions all 4 teams performed outstandingly to gain the following results:

Junior boys - 1st (Peter Cook won race)

Junior girls - 1st (Emily Salmon won race)

Inter girls - 1st

Inter boys - 3rd

This made us the best school on the evening.

Also on Thursday our Y11 football team took on St John's in a league cup match. This proved an exciting match as we fought back from 3 - 0 down before eventually running out of steam losing 5 - 4.

Finally on Thursday our Y7 and Y9 rugby teams travelled to Harton for their pre-season friendly tournament. The Y7 team performed particularly well, remaining unbeaten all evening - showing signs that the season ahead is going to be very successful.

The outstanding success of our Y8 football team has also been recognised today as 7 members of the team have made it onto the district team for this season - I think that is the first time so many from one school have made a district team.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE

Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017


Anti skid surfacing works to Gilesgate roundabout 3 – 6 October 2016

Following improvements to Gilesgate roundabout earlier this year, work to lay anti-skid surfacing on the roundabout will take place overnight (8.00pm – 6.00am) between 3 and 6 October in two stages: 

Stage 1: Gilesgate approach - commencing 3 October for up to two nights (8.00pm – 6.00am).

The A181 at Gilesgate Bank will be closed in one direction towards Gilesgate (northbound) along with one lane on the roundabout. There will be a signed diversion in place via the A690, Belmont Interchange, Broomside Lane and Sunderland Road.

During this work there will be no vehicle access to Travelodge, Sambuca Restaurant and The Sidings. Vehicles will be able to leave this area via the usual route onto the A690 but will not be able to return. Access will be available for pedestrians. As soon as the works are complete the closure will be removed.

Stage 2: A690 eastbound - commencing 4 or 5 October for up to two nights (8.00pm – 6.00am).The A690 will be closed from the roundabout towards Belmont (eastbound) along with a lane closure on the roundabout. There will be a signed diversion in place via the A181, Sunderland Road, Broomside Lane and Belmont Interchange.

The roundabout will be open at all times throughout the works and emergency services will be able to access the area at all times. The duration of the works has been minimised as far as possible. The works are weather dependent so if there are any changes to the above plans, we will post details on our website at www.durham.gov.uk/gilesgate

Improvement works starting

Improvement works on North Road, Durham will start next week to replace paving, create wider areas for outdoor seating, and alter the road layout to improve traffic flow and road safety.

Work starts on Monday 3 October 2016 and will last approximately six months. It will be business as usual for retailers, shoppers and visitors during the improvements.

Affected motorists are advised to consider their route when planning journey’s when travelling through the city centre.

Suspension of works for Christmas trading

Work will be suspended between Wednesday 30 November 2016 and Wednesday 4 January 2017 for the Christmas trading period.

Disruption and diversions

Pedestrians should expect some disruption while the pavement improvements are carried out but all shops and businesses will still be accessible.

Work will take place outside one or two businesses at a time and signed diversions will be in place where necessary.

  • Buses that normally travel along the one-way section of the street, at the opposite end to the bus station, will be diverted back up North Road to the roundabout and towards Milburngate Bridge while the work to realign the road is carried out.
  • Temporary bus stops will be in place outside the bus station and at the Methodist Church. Bus stops on Milburngate, opposite The Gates, will be suspended.      
  • The taxi rank on North Road will be temporarily relocated further up the road, opposite Neville Street, with an additional rank in place opposite The Gates on Milburngate.

More detailed information is available at www.durham.gov.uk/northroad