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Dates For Your Diary

  • Wednesday 1 January, E-Safety session (Year 7 Parents Information Programme) - 6.00 p.m.
  • Monday 8 - Friday 13 January - Growing Healthy Bus visit to Durham Johnston
  • 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 11 and Year 12 mock examinations 23 January - 3 February  -  please click on the following link for a copy of the Year 11 mock exam timetable.
  • Year 13 mock examinations 27 February - 10 March
  • Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 6 March 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

You will not have failed to notice that we had snow last night!  We do not let students out of the building when there is snow because not everyone enjoys snowballing!.  There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy this activity outside of school.

I would like to comment students for their impeccable behaviour before and after school and during break and lunchtime today.  They behaved sensibly and respectfully even though they had fewer places to go during break and lunchtime.

May I also take this opportunity to remind you of bad weather protocols in case of bad weather during the coming months.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Year 7 Parents Information Programme

On Wednesday 18th January there will be a session for Year 7 parents regarding E-Safety. The session will take start at 6.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. and will highlight the risks our young people are faced with in the digital world and what can be done to help students avoid these dangers. Please note that this session is aimed at parents and is not suitable for students to attend.

Mr Garside, Strategic Lead in ICT


Student Associate Governors Appointed for 2017

Congratulations to Year 12 students Ellen Slater and Simon Timmins who, following a ballot at lunchtime today, have been appointed to serve on the Governing Body as Student Associate Governors.   Ellen and Simon will serve a one year term of office and will attend full Governing Body meetings and Pupil Wellbeing sub-committee meetings.  We would like to thank Luke Hallam and Katherine Hill in Year 13 who served as Associate Governors during 2016 for their commitment to the role and their invaluable contribution to meetings throughout the year. 



A Level Computer Scientists go Unplugged


A-Level computer scientists spending the morning playing cards?

Thankfully, this all part of understanding of the different sorting Algorithms that the students need to master as part of the curriculum.

Utilising “Unplugged” activities is an essential part of teaching computer science and one that the students really enjoy.

Those Christmas cracker playing cards were useful after all.

Mr Digby, Computing Department

Year 10 Ski Visit

The Year 10 Ski party leaves for a week's skiing in Serre Chevalier, France on Saturday.  Please click on the following link for a copy of the information letter provided for parents.  We are sure the students will have a fantastic week.  For regular updates on what the party is doing next week, please check the school's Twitter feed.


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 16 January 2017.

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

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Year 11 Revision Guidance

How can students improve their chances of achieving success in summer 2017?

How can they organise the time that they have remaining?  

How can they ensure consistent performance in the summer 2017 exams?

Whilst the clock is ticking on the available time remaining until exams in summer 2017 there is still a significant amount if students are organised and they continue to work hard. There are a number of simple things that they can do in order to be as prepared as possible. Often the hardest thing is actually starting revision. The information below is intended to help students organise their time: to provide useful websites that might offer guidance and good ideas, and to give them access to the advice and support that is available in school. All of the aforementioned will help them to do well in their exams, but the most important factors relate to the amount of effort that they make to learn the material and to grasp the correct examination technique. The harder they work, the more successful they will be, but they also need to stay calm and to pace themselves.

For further information please see the following links.

Revision guidance for students

Revision guidance for parents

Departmental advice

Mr O'Sullivan, Assistant Head


Music Notices


Music Examinations

If your son or daughter is entered in the Spring session for either an Associated Board or Trinity College examination and you feel that they would benefit from some extra support in developing their aural skills in preparation for the exam, please do encourage them to book an aural training session with a member of the music department. 

Ensemble Rehearsals

Rehearsals in the w/b 16th Jan are as normal, apart from the fact that there will be no Junior Orchestra on Tuesday 17th.  During the following two weeks, on account of the year 11 mocks exams and reduced use of James Hall, rehearsals for Junior Orchestra, Senior Choir and Senior Orchestra will be as follows.

Tues 24th Jan – Junior Orch – Strings only

Wed 25th Jan – Senior Choir – Soprano and Alto only

Thurs 26th Jan – Senior Orch – Strings only

Tues 31st Jan – Junior Orch – Woodwind and Brass only

Wed 1st Feb – Senior Choir – Tenor and Bass only

Thursday 2nd Feb – Senior Orch – Woodwind and Brass only

However, please note that rehearsals for Chamber Choir, Junior Choir, Wind Band and Big Band are unaffected during these two weeks.


Durham Vocal Festival

Chamber Choir will be taking part in two events in the 2017 Durham Vocal Festival.

Evensong in Durham Cathedral  - Monday 30 January – 5.15 pm. Please note that tickets are not required for this service.


North East Festival of Youth Choirs – Saturday 4th February – 7.00pm. Please follow this link for details on how to obtain tickets.


Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Environment Club

We would like to express our thanks to school governor, Councillor Nigel Martin who has arranged for the Environment Club to receive a grant of £500 from his Member Initiative Fund.  The money will be put to very good use on a variety of projects in the coming months.  

One of the club's major projects is to construct a greenhouse from plastic bottles, similar to the one illustrated below.   However, to complete the project we need more 2 litre, clear,  plastic straight sided bottles, so intead of putting them into the re-cycling bin, please send them in to school.  The more we receive, the sooner we will be able to start work on the project.




Thinford Roundabout/A688 Roadworks begin Monday 16 January

​Starting on Monday 16 January 2017 we will be carrying out works to widen the A688 to the east of Thinford roundabout to increase the capacity of the junction at this point. The works will also help to enable the regeneration of the area to the north of the A688 and east of the A167, where a new development will be built.

A new junction will be provided to the north of the road to allow access to the new development, as well as a right turn lane from the A688. As part of the works the existing layby to the east of the southbound carriageway approaching Thinford roundabout will also be permanently closed.

The works are likely to take around 3 months to complete and will involve an eastbound closure of the A688 (from the roundabout towards Metal Bridge) for this period. The diversion route will be via the A167 to Rushyford, the A689 to the Sands Hall roundabout at Sedgefield and then the A177 to Tursdale and vice versa. There may also be periods of time during the works which require full closures of the A688.

Please find attached a diagram of the diversion.

All businesses in the area will be open as usual.

For regular updates  please visit www.durham.gov.uk/thinford 

Should you have any queries or experience any problems during the works, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 03000 261 000 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



BBC's Eat Well for Less

BBC's Eat Well for Less  production team are currently working on the brand new series of the show Eat Well for Less and are on the lookout for households who would love to save money on their weekly shop and to eat more healthily.  The show follows Masterchef's Gregg Wallace and award winning greengrocer Chris Bavin on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition.  The presenters hope that by analysing thes shopping habits of UK families, they help families source the best and cheapest quality foods.



Newcastle United Tickets

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

You have the opportunity to watch Newcastle United vs. Derby County, Saturday 4th February. 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 20th January. There is no limit to how many tickets we can purchase, however, tickets are guaranteed on a first come first served basis.

Payment can be made by cash or cheques made payable to Durham Johnston School.

Mr Kidd, PE Department 

Sports News

On Tuesday our Year 10 basketball team travelled to St Cuthbert’s School, Newcastle for the Tyneside Schools basketball finals. We played the hosts in the first game and after a slow start took control of the game going on to win by 15 points. Our final game was against Prudhoe High School. This was another comfortable victory as they only managed to score 2 points making us Tyneside Champions.

Also on Tuesday our U15 indoor cricket team were at St Leonard’s for the 1st round of the Durham City tournament. We had a comfortable victory against Framwellgate but lost a close game against the hosts.. The winners will now be decided in two weeks time when we take on Parkview and Hermitage.

On Wednesday our U14 boys' basketball team made the journey to Leeds for an English Schools match against Allerton High School. This was an excellent game. There was never more than 4 points between the teams throughout the game. A basket from Roan Varley with 1 minute to go saw us close the gap to one point. Despite our best efforts we couldn’t find another basket eventually losing by 1 point.

Also on Wednesday night Durham Johnston enjoyed tremendous success at the Durham schools KS3 Badminton Competition held at Maiden Castle. Due to the exceptional popularity of the sport in recent years we were easily able to field 2 quality squads for both boys and girls events. Durham Johnston A Team Simon Zhu, Zhengya Tumarkin, Dylan Glenton, Ben Donaghy, Durham Johnston B Team, Harry Cookson, Harry Ellis, Matthew Cartmel, Josh Darne, Ryan Goodall. Girls squads – Ella Metcalfe, Emily Hesselink, Ebony Marville, Anabelle Glen. Durham Johnston B Team – Ellen Moir, Heidi Crichton, Emma Sludden, Sophie Davenport

Boys' Results

Durham Johnston A

V Durham Johnston B 2-3

V Fram 5-0

V St Leonards 3-2

Durham Johnston B

V DJ A 3-2

V St Leonard's 1-4

V Fram5-0

Girls' Results

Durham Johnston A

V Durham Johnston B 4-1

V Fram 5-0

V St Leonards 4-1

Durham Johnston B

V DJ A 1-4

V St Leonard's 3-2

V Fram 3-2

Durham Johnston Girls' A team were Champions with Durham Johnston B team runner up St Leonard's 3rd and Fram 4th.

The boys competition was so close that 3 teams shared victory in a 3 way tie between DJ A, DJ B and St Leonard's. The winner had to be decided on games won in order that 1 team progress to the next round and again this was extremely close but our A team squad edged it by 1 game.

Wonderful standard of play, long and exciting rallies and many games going right down to advantage points – an excellent night of badminton all round!

Good luck tonight to our Key Stage 4 badminton teams who are also at Maiden Castle for their Durham City competition. Also good luck to our U14 girls' football team who have made the journey to Guisborough to take on Laurence Jackson School in the English Schools Cup.

Finally the PE department hope that all the Year 10’s going on the school ski-trip tomorrow have a wonderful time and a great week's skiing.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017