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Dates For Your Diary

  • Year 7 Parents' Information Programme (Maths and Science), Wednesday 23 November - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 14 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Ski Visit 2017 - Information Evening for parents and pupils, Wednesday 16 November 5.45 p.m. - 6.45 p.m. in James Hall
  • Non-uniform day to raise funds for the Children in Need Campaign 2016 - Friday 18 November
  • 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
  • Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 16 January 4.00 - 6.00 p.m
  • Year 9 Options Evening, Monday 13 February, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 6 March 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

The house system is designed to bring students from different years together through competition, sport and other aspects of community life at school. The system is now being led by members of the sixth form who are currently working on events to support the Children in Need Campaign 2016 including a non-uniform fund raising day on Friday 18 November.

As a school we do try to ensure that there are different leadership opportunities for our students, through the tutor system, sport and music, and other activities within the formal curriculum and in our after school activities. Some of these positions are appointed by other students. As we hear in the news about different perspectives on the democratic mandate of the government for Brexit, and as the American presidential election reaches its last few days I have been reflecting on the opportunities for students to share their thoughts on lIfe at school. Our students certainly have opinions! I am looking forward to our house leaders further developing wider aspects of school life over the coming months.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Michael Wardle, Headteacher




The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan with take Off Festival


On Thursday 20th October, 290 pupils watched performances based on Ben Rice’s acclaimed debut novel about how one boy's mission to save his family unites an outback opal-mining community.

This was a funny and heartbreaking story about love, loyalty and the enduring power of the imagination by Travelling Light theatre company; creators of outstanding theatre for and with young people to inspires their thinking, engage their emotions and fire their imaginations.

Miss Charlton, Director of Resources


Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening

The Year 11 Consultation Evening for Parents will be held on 14 November from 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.  Pupils have been provided with their appointment sheets and should be making appointments with their teachers in preparation for the evening.



We have recently moved to a new system in school for managing our attendance, behaviour, reports and achievement. As a result this means that E-Portal is no longer in use and the service will be disabled shortly.

Our new system will offer us more flexibility in the future in terms of how you view information about your children in our school. You may have noticed links appear to the SIMS Learning Gateway on the school website.  In future this will be how you will log in to view your child's report, see their attendance and we hope to utilise the feature of being able to log on using an app.

We will issue parents and carers with new usernames and passwords as soon as we are able to.

Mr Garside, Strategic Lead for ICT


Annual Geography Photography Competition

We are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s photography competition is Emily Power (10AK).  The theme this year was ‘Contrasts’ and there were many excellent entries which made the judging enjoyably difficult.  Emily’s photograph, entitled ‘A Walk in the Woods’, illustrated the theme in a number of ways but we were particularly impressed by the depiction of light and the contrasts that it highlighted. 

Special mention should also go the runners up, Megan Latham and Zosia Szablewska, as their photographs were also impressive.   All three photographs will be appearing on the geography wall very soon.

Geography Department


House System

Congratulations to the following Sixth Form students on their appointment to the relaunched House system’s leadership team:

Senior House Leaders (Year 13)

Chloe Needham, Adam Kelly

House Leaders (Year 12)

Katelyn Shearer. Lily Chadwick, Elyssa Morgan, Megan Johnson, Reece Turnbull, Jacob Wathall, Rita Dias, Matthew Edge, Alice Coatham, Mia Povall, Zeneshe Bomanji, Emily Heath, Zoe Gilboy, Lucinda Carty

Students will lead peers across the age range in activities of charitable fundraising, academic enrichment and sporting competition. Well done and good luck!

Mr Wilbraham, Subject Leader for History



Ski Visit 2017

A meeting for parents and pupils who are going on the 2017 school ski visit will be held in James Hall on Wednesday 16 November at 5.45 p.m.

The meeting will cover vital information regarding travel arrangements and there will be advice on clothing, essential equipment and confirmation of the baggage allowance.  There will also be the opportunity to meet the members of sstaff who will be accompanying the party. 

We are offering the opportunity to purchase a 'hoody' at a discounted price of £15.  Details on how to place an order are published in the letter issued to pupils earlier this week.  

May I remind parents that the final instalment is due today.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Party Leader


Visit to Lesigny


At the end of last half term 48 Year 8 students ventured to Lésigny, south east of Paris, France to take part in a study visit. After a very long coach journey, the group arrived at Château Grande Romaine, their base for the week. At the centre they enjoyed various challenges including making crêpes and constructing the Eiffel Tower from marshmallows and spaghetti as well as learning French.  The group took part in a market challenge in the local village of Brie Robert Comte; visited the medieval city of Provins where they enjoyed an art lesson with Mr Atkinson; had a guided tour of Fontainebleau with Miss Mackenzie and visited a local chocolate factory where the free samples were very popular! The highlight of the week was definitely the visit to Paris with a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower, a boat trip on the Seine  and a tour of Montmartre and Sacré Coeur. Year 8 were fantastic representatives of the school and had a memorable week.  

Mrs Wood, Subject Leader for French


Science Careers

Last year six scientists from different organisations kindly gave up their time to come to speak to a small group of pupils from years 10 to 13 after school about their careers.   We had talks on scientific research, plastic surgery, pathology, chemical engineering and law.

We are hoping to continue these presentations this year and would be grateful to hear from anyone working in a science related career who would be interested in coming to school on a Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm to talk about their work.  We are aiming to have one talk each month.

Please get in touch if you feel you would be able to help us with this initiative.  Tel: 0191 3843887 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dr. M. Bolton, Subject leader for Biology.



Environment Club News

We are delighted to report that Environment Club has reached Level Three RHS School Gardening Award scheme and we were commended on the fantastic evidence that we submitted.   The club has been awarded a voucher for a fantastic Schools Constant Garden from Rocket Gardens, who will grow and send us a series of boxes with young vegetable and fruit plants ready to plant out in the Spring.

The club is now working towards achieving Levels 4 and 5 over the coming months.

Mr Bowman, Science Department


Remembrance Day

On Friday 11th November 2016 we will commemorate those who lost their lives in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries by observing one minute of silence at 11.00 a.m. The last post will be sounded in the Atrium at 11.00 a.m. and reveille will signal that the minute has passed. During the minute’s silence Nigel Martin, a school governor and local councillor, will lay a wreath on behalf of the Old Johnstonians remembered on the school’s war memorial.

107 former students and teachers of Durham Johnston died during the First and Second World Wars and the school first observed a minute of silence in 1924, 3 years after the first panel of the war memorial was unveiled and blessed by the Bishop of Durham. 35 men died during the Great War and an additional 72 during World War Two. We have completed detailed research on the 37 men that lost their lives during the Great War and 9 of the men lost their lives during the battle of the Somme, which began on 1stJuly 1916 and was called off on 18thNovember due to bad weather. Soldiers from Durham were involved in the final part of the battle. They successfully took territory from the German army, losing a number of men to do so, but were then told to retreat. 

The links providing extra information about the memorial below:



Durham Johnston's war memorial is re-dedicated


STAFF and students at one of the North’s newest school buildings are to honour their dead by re-dedicating their war memorial next month.


Memorial Details - North East War Memorials Project


Panelling with three brass plaques set in wood frame. Each has a raised plain border with a square pattern at each corner and at the centre point on all four sides ...


The school is supporting the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2016 and poppies will be on sale to staff and students throughout the week.

Mr O'Sullivan, Assistant Head



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 the following link 7 November 2016.

Please click on the following link for further information regarding Sixth Form Societies.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form

9th Annual Durham Swimathon

The annual Swimathon is a joint venture between Durham County Council and the Rotary Club of Durham and this year will take place on the 18 and 19 and November.  The event will raise funds for the Mayor of Durham's nominated Charity (Veterans at Ease), the Rotary Club’s two nominated charities (Cheesy Waffles Youth Project and Downs Syndrome North East), and participants' nominated chosen causes.  Over the past eight years local swimmers have raised nearly £60,000.

If you are a keen swimmer and would like to give your support to this event please click on the following links for further details and an application form.





Sports News

On Tuesday we were due to play Year 7 – 11 football against King James. Unfortunately they conceded the Year 8, 10 & 11 games. The Year 7 game ended in a 7 – 0 victory for us and a similar score saw our Year 9 team win 9 – 0. That now completes the first half of the league season with all teams well placed in their leagues.

On Wednesday our VIth form team were due to play St Joseph’s. Unfortunately they were unable to field a team and conceded. Our Year 10 County Cup match against Cardinal Hume did go ahead. This was an excellent game against a physical side which ended in a 3 – 1 victory for us.

Last night our Year 8 football team took on Manor School in the last 16 of the County Cup. We scored a couple of early goals and went on to totally dominate the game eventually winning 10 – 1.

Good luck tonight to our U13 girls football team and Year 8 boys team who are both at home playing English Schools games against Cramlington and Ashington respectively. 

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


PE Department Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017