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Dates For Your Diary

  • School breaks for Spring Half Term Week - Friday 17 February and re-opens on Monday 27 February
  • Year 13 mock examinations 27 February - 10 March
  • Deadline for returning Completed Option Choices form - Friday 10 March
  • Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 6 March 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 10 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 20 March 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Spring Concert, Thursday 30 March, First Part - 6.30 p.m. and Second Part - 7.30 p.m., James Hall
  • Year 8 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 24 April 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Tuesday saw students and teachers enjoy 'date me out' at lunchtime. I was very happy to see everyone enjoy themselves and have a good time. I was very proud to see the way in which students were respectful towards each other, and that although they were clearly having a great time, they ensured that the hall remained tidy, and they were ready to learn in the afternoon. The house team did themselves proud.

Student leaders have also been fronting assemblies this week on equalities, specifically looking at LGBT history month.  Again, I am proud that students in the Johnston community are taking their responsibility to each other seriously, and we thank student leaders for their work.

I wish staff and students a well-deserved half-term break.

Yours sincerely

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Year 9 Options Evening 

Thank you to all parents and students who attended the Options Evening on Monday. We hope that staff were able to answer your questions. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further queries.

There will be opportunity to talk to subject teachers at the Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening on Monday 6 March and we look forward to seeing you then.

Completed Option Choice forms should be handed in to Reception no later than Friday 10 March.

Mrs Slattery, Deputy Headteacher



Science Careers Presentation

We would like to express our thanks to Professor Jonathan Steed from the Department of Chemistry at Durham University for giving up his time to come to talk to our students on Wednesday afternoon.  His presentation, 'A Life as an Academic Scientist ....  and How to Get One' gave a clear overview of the process of getting from graduate to professor and of the variety of roles that a professor has.  The presentation was well received by the 27 students who attended.

Our next presentation will be on Wednesday 15th March at 3pm when Dr. Diane Bolton, Vice President of Clinical Project Management for Chiltern, will describe the range of career opportunities available in a company that tests new medicines. 

Dr. Bolton, Subject Leader for Biology  



STEM Event At The Sage

On Tuesday a group of our Year 9 students attended an event at the Sage in Gateshead encouraging girls into STEM subjects.

We had a fantastic day, filled with some wonderful experiences.  We were involved in:

  • Fascinating Adventures in CSI - an interactive workshop allowing the girls use some of the crucial techniques and science used in crime scene investigations
  • A Minecraft Hacking & Raspberry Pi session
  • A cyber challenge: This activity challenged the girls to thwart a group of cyber criminals and deactivate the mysterious communications device. The project consisted of using the KNEX building system to create a deactivation device that removed a wire from a terminal.

We also really enjoyed the free Haribo!

The girls were a real credit to themselves and to the school; problem solving, taking the lead in activities and interacting throughout the day!

Miss Forbes, Subject Leader,  Computing 


Duke of Edinburgh

Well done to Matthew Bradley who has achieved his Gold Award.  Matthew is currently in New Zealand on a gap year before starting his degree in Veterinary Medicine.


House Team Fundraising 

On Tuesday February 14th the DJCS House Team embarked on a project to “spread the love”!

During both lunchtimes we ran a Date Me Out event – we had 3 panels, Year 7, Year 8 and  6th form.  Our pickers, looking for love and a free hot chocolate, asked their prospective dates 3 questions.  Funny and witty answers followed – a massive well done to those involved.  At the end they selected their future love (we’ve already bought a hat!) and off they went to the Isle of Simons café!


The turnout was fantastic with brilliant audience participation and superb work by the house team!

The event raised over £400 which will go towards various projects in and around school to support our school community and help with our community spirit projects.

Thank you to everyone involved

Miss Forbes and the House Leaders 


Sixth Form 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 Monday 27 February.

Information regarding Sixth Form Societies can be found on the following link  Sixth Form Societies.          

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth                                                                                                   


Music Department Notices

Percussion Lessons

We have space for 2 or 3 pupils to start orchestral percussion lessons with Mr Edwards from Durham Music Service. This would include tuition on xylophone, timpani, snare drum and other orchestral percussion.  This opportunity would particularly suite those who already play, or has played an instrument to a basic level, especially pianists. Please would you ask you son or daughter to speak to me if they are interested?


Spring Concert – Thursday 30th March, James Hall

The musicians of Durham Johnston School boldly go where no concert has gone before!

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.

Ticket Arrangements.

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 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 ether the Music Department or Mrs Sutton from Monday 6th March.

Finally, if your child would like to perform a solo in the concert (celestial or interplanetary items particularly welcome!) please would you ask them to speak to me before Friday 3rd March.

Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music



Ski Visit 2018

Pupils who are interested in going on next year's ski trip should come to collect an information letter from staff in the PE Office.  The closing date is 13 March.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Co-ordinator



Sports News

A very successful week started on Monday afternoon as our Year 7 boys and girls basketball teams travelled to Queen Ethelburga’s School, York for an English Schools tournament. Unfortunately one school had to withdraw so our girls just had one match against the hosts. The girls were outstanding, completely dominating the game and going on to win 70 – 4. The boys matches were slightly closer with our B team finishing in third place. Our A team however won all their games to finish 1st. Another victory in the next tournament just after half-term will see them qualify for a National Finals event.

Also on Monday our Year 8 rugby team took on Bede Academy in the semi-final of the Tyneside Cup. They were a very big physical side but we played some excellent rugby going on to win and reach the final with a 35 – 20 victory.

In addition, on what was very busy Monday,  our Year 10 girls rugby team travelled to Kingston Park for a Rugby League tournament. Despite the freezing conditions the girls played very well winning two games, drawing one and losing two to finish in second place in their group.

On Tuesday we were hosting a friendly Year 7 and 8 rugby tournament for local schools. This turned into an excellent afternoon of rugby. Our Year 7 team won two and lost one match while our Year 8 team finished in 2nd place after running out of steam in their final game against a very strong and big Harton team.


On Wednesday we had two teams competing in the Tyneside U19 Futsal tournament at Parkview. Our B team beat our A team in the first game and went on to reach the final against the hosts. It was an excellent final which we won 4 - 3 to become Tyneside Champions.

Also on Wednesday our Year 7 basketball team travelled to St Thomas More for a friendly tournament. This was an excellent opportunity for all the squad to play some competitive basketball. After a slow start against Whickham we needed to win our final game against the hosts to win the competition. With the scores level with 1 minute to go we just couldn’t find another basket, eventually losing by 2 points.



Finally, on Wednesday our Key Stage 4 badminton teams were at Belmont for the re-arranged County finals. As with the Key Stage 3 competitions all the other girls teams withdrew leaving us as County Champions. The boys did have some opposition but proved too strong for the other schools and were succesful in becoming County Champions without losing a game. This means we have now won all four County badminton titles this year. All four teams now go on the North-east finals in March.


Last night our Year 8 football team were at home against Framwellgate in the quarter final of the County Cup. This was an outstanding game between two very strong teams. Goals from Framwellgate either side of half-time saw us 2 – 0 down with just over 10 minutes to play. Suddenly our team sparked into life and a last minute winner from Joe Hugill saw us win 3 – 2 and set up a semi-final against Lanchester St Bede’s.



Several year 10 pupils represented Durham Amateur Rowing Club in the Junior Inter Regional Trials on Saturday 11th Feb held at Cambois Rowing Club in Northumberland with great success despite the terrible weather.

Gabriella Suggett, Millie McIntyre, Kate Henderson and Lily Sanderson (cox) were in the crew that won the WJ15 'coxed fours' event (beating their nearest rivals by 9 seconds) and Mollie Coe, Catherine Musgrave and Lily Sanderson (cox) were in the crew that won the WJ15 'coxed quads' event (beating their nearest rivals by 0.2 second).

Some of our Year 11 girls also qualified after winning their race. Bethan Hall, Abby Burke and Izzy Wilkinson were part of the WJ16 ‘eight’ who won by 10 seconds. Becky Jackson from Year 12 was cox.

These boats were up against crews from across the region and they will now go on to represent the Northern Region in the Junior Inter Regional Regatta which takes place at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 22nd April.


On behalf of the Durham Johnston Comprehensive School and the PE department I would like to thank Neil Dracup Senior Manager of Arc Wealth for kindly sponsoring a new rugby kit for school. The photo below shows our Year 7 team looking very smart in the kit. This kind of sponsorship is a great help to the children of Durham Johnston and if anyone else would like to help with sponsorship them please contact the PE department.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017