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Dates For Your Diary

  • Term ends for October half term week on Friday 21 October and begins on Monday 31 October 
  • Year 7 Parents' Information Programme (Maths and Science), Wednesday 23 November - 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.
  • Christmas Concert, Thursday 8 December, James Hall - 6.30 and 7.30 p.m.
  • Annual Christmas Carol Service, Durham Cathedral, Friday 16 December
  • Term ends for the Christmas and New Year holiday on Friday 16 December
  • Term begins Tuesday 3 January 2017


Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

​Today the school received the International School Award at a ceremony in Newcastle. Dozens of schools from the North-East and Humber were represented. These included primary schools, special schools and secondary schools. It was a great opportunity to consider all of the different activities that happen across the curriculum to celebrate different cultures and nationalities.

Tori James was the guest speaker. In 2007 she became the youngest British woman and the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. She talked of the need to work hard and persevere in order to reach goals, and the students who were present were certainly inspired by her story. I noted the fact that so much preparation needed to happen in advance in order to prepare her for the climb, in addition to physical strength and mental determination. I was able to reflect on how important it is for our students to prepare for exams and competitions and the like thoroughly and in advance. This is the same for adult and child alike, when we work towards realising our dreams. 

Further updates about our international work will be published here in the weeks ahead.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Uniform for Students in Years 7 - 11

Please click on the following link for a copy y of the uniform list for students in Years 7 - 11.  Please ensure that you child comes to school wearing the correct uniform every day.


Languages in Year 7

The first session in the Year 7 Parent Induction Programme took place at 6pm on Wednesday 12 October. This session, which was for Modern Foreign Languages, was well attended. Parents enjoyed a typical Year 7 MFL lesson and were then given a presentation about language options in Year8, setting and assessments in Year 7 – Year 9.  If you were unable to attend this evening, follow the links below to access the MFL information presentations.

Languages at Durham Johnston

MFL French Reading

Modern Foreign Languages Beyond Levels

Year 7 Reading Text

Miss Schwaiger, Second in Modern Foreign Languages



What is Normal? with Lisa Williamson and Juno Dawson

We were incredibly excited to bring two of the biggest names in Young Adult writing to Durham Johnston. Lisa and Juno talked about their work and the importance of diversity and acceptance in modern society. The event was hosted by Rebecca Wilkie, Programme Manager, New Writing North, alongside Evelyn Greeves, Lead Student for the DJ Pride Society, Durham Johnston Sixth Form, both of whom introduced excellent Q&A themes involving interaction with the audience of almost 200 young adults from Durham Johnston and other schools.

Pupils joined us from; Bishop Barrington, Wellfield School, Heaton Manor and Benfield School including Equalities Societies from Heaton Manor and Benfield.

Following the public event, the authors joined Durham Johnston Pride Soc and Med Soc members for a more intimate High Tea event which provided opportunity for further questioning and detailed discussion on key themes.

Evelyn Greeves said ‘on Wednesday I was given the fantastic opportunity to take the role of co-host at the 'What Is Normal?' book talk with authors Juno Dawson and Lisa Williamson. Myself and other students from the sixth form, along with pupils from across County Durham, enjoyed a lively talk about topics ranging from PSHE to getting published, while I got the chance to ask the authors a number of questions about their books and experiences. After the talk we met Lisa and Juno in a more intimate environment over scones and cake, and chatted more about gender, feminism and mental health. The atmosphere was really friendly and it was an incredible afternoon!’.



A Morning with David Baddiel

The event was cancelled at short notice due to ill health. We wish David a speedy recovery.

Ms Charlton, Director of Resources


Duke of Edinburgh

Bronze Award

A letter regarding indoor training has been issued to all Bronze Award participants today.  Please ensure that all responses are handed to Reception by Friday 21 October.

May I also remind students and parents that the 2nd instalment is now due.  Students may hand this in to Reception or to me.

Gold Award

A letter regarding indoor training has been issued to all Gold Award participants today.  Please ensure that all responses are handed to Reception by Friday 21 October.

Ms I Clay, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Co-ordinator


Plea for Sleeping Bags

A clothing bank in the Middlesbrough area which provides clothes to the neediest and homeless in the area has made contact with the school requesting donations of sleeping bags.  As the walking and camping seaons is drawing to a close, any sleeping bags that may destined for the re-cycle bin or the tip would be most gratefully accepted.  Please pass any donations to Mr Maddox, Science department.


Music Notices

Commendations and details of National Youth Orchestra Inspire Days.

Congratulations to Josh Teggert (year 13), who was awarded The Carter Cup by the music department in recognition of his sterling work as a role model for younger male singers in school. His enthusiasm and support over the past few years has enable many young tenors and basses to become part of Senior Choir.

Also, congratulations to Joe Dean (year 13) who was commended for his active participation in a National Youth Orchestra 2016 inspire day in Leeds earlier this term.  Please note that applications for NYO Inspire 2017 days are now open and if your son a daughter is grade 6 or above and would be interested in applying for an experience similar to Joe’s, please follow this link. All NYO Inspire projects are free to participate in and this is thanks to the generous support of donors.

School Christmas Concert – Thursday 8th December, James Hall – advance notice for information.

First Half (6.30pm) to include Wind Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and selected soloists.

Second Half (7.30pm) to include Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Chamber Choir and selected soloists.

Tickets for each part of this concert may be purchased from the Music Department.  To ensure that as many parents, relatives and friends as possible can attend this event, we would encourage you, please, to purchase tickets only for the half in which your child is performing? There will be some pupils who are performing in both halves, in which case audience members will need to purchase tickets for both parts of the concert. Please note that pupils who have siblings in the other half will be able to attend that half of the concert without a ticket.

We shall ask everyone who does not have a ticket for the second half to vacate the hall at the end of the first half and then the those with tickets for the second half will be admitted in time for the second half to start at about 7.30pm. Tickets will be £2.50 or £2 concessions for each half and please note that these will not be for sale on the door. Payment by cash or cheque, payable to ‘Durham Johnston School’. These will be on sale from Monday 14th November.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Sports News

Firstly a reminder to any Year 7 and Year 8 pupils who are interested in the Malaga Sports trip next summer that the deadline for applications is next Friday 21st October.

On Monday our Year 10 rugby team took on Harton. They are one of the best teams in the north-east and this proved to be an excellent game. We just ran out of steam towards the end losing by one try.

On Tuesday our U13 boys and girls table tennis teams travelled to Belmont for the Durham City Championships. Both teams played some excellent table tennis winning all their games. This meant that both teams won to become Area Champions and now go forward to represent Durham City at the County finals in March.

Also on Tuesday our Year 7, 8, 9,and  10 football teams were at St John's. These are always very physical matches and this year proved no exception. Our Y7 team let a two goal lead slip to draw 2 - 2. Our Year 8 team continued their domination of school football in the area winning 8 - 0. Our Year 9 team drew 1 - 1 and finally a Max Blackbourne goal was enough to secure a 1 - 0 victory for our Y10's.

On Wednesday our Junior and Inter boys and girls cross-country teams were at Preston Park for the English Schools Cup round 1. The standard is always high as the best 12 schools from Durham & Cleveland battled to finish in the top 4 places and qualify for the regional round. Our runners produced some outstanding performances to dominate the opposition. Our Junior boys were first winning by over 30 points. Our Junior girls were also first winning by 27 points. It was a closer score for the Inter boys but they still managed a victory winning by 14 points. The only team to miss out on the Regional round were our Inter girls. Our three successful teams now head for Stewart Park on Saturday 12th November hoping to reach the National Finals.

Also on Wednesday our Year 7 boys football team were taking on Kingsmeadow in the 2nd round of the English Schools Cup. The result was never in doubt as we played some very good football to win 8 - 2.

Finally on Wednesday our U13 girls football team were at Dyke House for a friendly tournament. Against some very strong opposition the never gave up winning one game and losing two.

On Thursday our Year 8 and VIth form football teams were both supposed to be in cup action against Whickham and Burnside respectively. However both schools were unable to field a team conceding these games.

Netball did go ahead as our Year 8 and 9 teams played Hemitage. It ended up one match each as our Y8's lost 3 - 15 and our Y9's won 18 - 1.

Also last night the Durham City indoor rowing championships took place at Durham City Rowing Club.

There are different races for each age group with the top 3 from each race qualifying for the County Finals in November. All our rowers performed very well  and incredibly 18 of the 36 qualifiers were from Durham Johnston. Special well done to Tilly Stoddart, Will McAdam, Owen Chaplin and Bethan Hall who won their race to become Area Champion.

Finally good luck tonight to our Year 8 rugby team who are taking on Emmanuel College and our Year 7 football team who are in County Cup action away at High Tunstall.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Newcastle United Tickets

I am pleased to offer discounted tickets for Newcastle United home games at St James’ Park.

You will have the opportunity to watch Newcastle United vs Cardiff City, Saturday 5th November. Kick off 15:00pm. The scheme enables you and your child to experience the excitement and atmosphere of a match day at a special price offered to Durham Johnston:



To take advantage of this fantastic offer, please pay the amount in full no later than Friday 21st October.  We have been informed that there is no limit to how many tickets we can purchase, however, tickets will be guaranteed on a first come, first served basis.

You can pay by either cash or cheque, cheques should be made payable to Durham Johnston School.  

Mr Kidd, PE Department


PE Department Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017