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Dates For Your Diary

  • 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 9 Options Evening, Monday 13 February, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • 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,

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme this year is 'how can life go on'. I do encourage you to visit the website for HMD 2017 which can be found at www.hmd.org.uk.

The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. HMD 2017 asks audiences to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime. This year’s theme is broad and open ended, there are few known answers.

As taken from the website: Author and survivor of the Holocaust Elie Wiesel has said:'For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us about living.'

In tutor time today, students considered their response to HMD. As a school, and as a community we seek to teach and practice tolerance, acceptance and celebrate difference. It is in reflecting on our history that we can help shape the future. A lesson that is most important for us all today. 

Yours sincerely

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Year 9 Options Evening

Year 9 Options Evening will take place on Monday 13 February from 6.00 until 8.00 p.m.  Information regarding the options process will be posted out to parents and carers next week.



Maths Olympiad Success


Congratulations to Yuriy Tumarkin in Year 12, pictured above with Headteacher, Dr Wardle and maths teacher Mr Patterson.  Yuriy won a silver medal and a book prize for his excellent performance in round one of the British Maths Olympiad.  This places Yuriy within the top 50 students in the country, a truly excellent achievement which has earned him a free place in round 2 of the competition. 


Duke of Edinburgh 


Please note that the third instalment of £40 is due by February half term.

Gold  (Year 12)

Please note that the second instalment of £80 was due at Christmas. This is still outstanding for some students. 

Miss Clay, Co-ordinator - Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme


Sixth Form Higher Education News

UCAS Applications

This year we have sent 187 applications in to UCAS, including some students currently on a Gap Year.  So far they have received a total of over 550 offers of places at university including 13 from Oxford and Cambridge.


Durham University Support Progression Programme

The following Year 12 students have gained a place on the Durham University Supported Progression Programme


SP Subject

Katie Hancock


Jamie-Lee Nixon


Daniel Thomas Moore


Arran Stobart

Earth Sciences

Rebecca Maria Hopper

Modern Languages and Cultures

Bethany Mather


Jacob Llyod

To be confirmed.

Joshua David Allchurch

Business, Marketing, Accounting & Finance

Adam Robert Johnson


Amy Craig

To be confirmed.


Successful students:

·         Will have had the opportunity to attend the Welcome Events (January February

·         Attend a Spring Residential (Easter Holidays).

·         Attend compulsory Summer School (July/August) and complete an assessed project.  This will support their applications to university and give them modified offers of places at Durham.


York University Pathways to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and maths) 

Two Year 12 students, Hannah Fullard and Katie Hancock have gained places on the York University Pathways to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and maths) programme

Mr McArdle, Assistant Head (Director of Post-16)


Built by Teens for Teens

On Wednesday this week, students mostly from Year 9,  were interviewed for a vareity of roles to assist in developing a new website.  Working in conjunction with Durham County Council, students will work on developing a resource, built by teens, for teens, which introduces them into the world of work, particularly in IT based professions.  

Students were invited to apply for a variety of roles ranging from web development to graphic design to events coordination and were interviewed by Miss Scott from Durham County Council, myself and Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader for Guidance.

The quality of the candidates was superb.  The research they had conducted, the way they presented themselves and the range of skills they had acquired could not fail to impress!

Miss Scott commented "I really enjoyed interviewing at Durham Johnston School this week; everyone I met was polite, friendly and very well prepared. We found some young people with great skills and talents that could easily be utilised in our I C Tech project. I am excited to work with students to realise some unique, innovative and creative ideas that will help us promote ICT careers in the region”

They were a credit to themselves and the school –well done!

Miss Forbes, Subject Leader, Computing


Music Notices

Music Rehearsals week beginning 30th January

Because of year 11 mocks, and reduced availability of the hall, the enrichment rehearsal schedule next week will be as follows:


Monday 30 January

Chamber Choir (full)


Tuesday 31 January

Junior Orchestra (WW and Brass)




Wednesday 1 February

Junior Choir (full)


Chamber Choir (full)


Thursday 2 February

Senior Orchestra (WW and Brass)


Friday 3 February

Big Band (full)




Durham Vocal Festival takes place next week.

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



If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on the following link 30 January 2017

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

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Environment Club News


Sports News

On Monday our U14 and U16 basketball teams were at home taking on St Aidan’s School, Harrogate in the English Schools Cup. The U14 game was a low scoring match which we took control of in the third quarter eventually going on to win 24 – 12 with Roan Varley top scoring on 17 points.

The U16 match was an outstanding game with never more than 7 points between the teams. They scored with 1 minute to play to bring them within 2 points. In an exciting last 30 seconds we hung on to win 42 – 40 with Orin Varley top scoring with 13 points. We now top the North-east group with only one game to go, so will hopefully progress to the National knockout stages in March.

Also on Monday our U14 girls' football team made the long journey to Malton trying the reach the National quarter finals. They faced a very strong team and despite never giving up we just couldn’t find a goal in the last 10 minutes eventually losing 2 – 1. Still a great achievement the reach the last 16 schools in the country.

On Tuesday our Year 10 football team were at home against Parkview in the County Cup. This was an excellent game which was 0 – 0 with 10 minutes to play. Max Blackbourne then scored for us but unfortunately they equalised within 2 minutes to take the match into extra time. With the light fading Max Blackbourne scored again. This time we held on to win 2 – 1.

Also on Tuesday our U15 girls cricket team were at Framwellgate in the Area tournament. They had two very comfortable victories against the hosts and St Leonard’s to win the competition. They now go on to the County finals in March.

On Wednesday our VIth form basketball team took on Durham School in a friendly match. They are new to basketball and we proved too strong for them going on to win 102 – 43 in a game played in great spirit.

Also on Wednesday our Year 9 futsal teams were taking part in the Tyneside Schools tournament at Parkview. Our B team battled well in all their matches eventually finishing in 4th place. Our A team were in contention throughout the tournament. The winners were decided in the final game and the result went down to goal difference with us coming out on top to win the competition and go on to the final later this term.

Yesterday our Year 10 rugby team played St Robert’s in a Tyneside Schools quarter-final. In freezing conditions both teams produced some excellent rugby. We reached half-time 10 – 5 ahead but went on to dominate the second half reaching the semi-final with a 35 – 10 victory.

Also yesterday our U14 basketball team were competing in the Tyneside basketball tournament. We started with a game against Biddick. After a slow start we scored freely going on to win 37 – 13. Our final game against Durham School. Again we proved too strong for them eventually winning 29 – 4. We now reach the Tyneside final against St Cuthbert’s in a few weeks’ time.

This all means it has been a great week for sport at Durham Johnston as we have won  8 out of the 9 competitions / matches we have entered this week!

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



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