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Dates For Your Diary

  • May Day Bank Holiday - School closed, Monday 1st May
  • Year 10 Mock Exams Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 12 May - Please click on the following link to access the timetable YEAR 10 MOCKS MAY 2017
  • School closes for the half-term break on Friday 26th May and re-opens on Monday 5th June


Headteacher's Message


We have had another busy week at the Johnston. This has included our Year 8 parents' evening, one of our Year 6 information evenings for next year's intake into our school family, relationships education events for key stage 4 students, a music parents information programme meeting to support instrumentalists when practising at home, and some fantastic wins for our sports teams, in particular, our rugby teams. I told the staff that everyone had worked so hard this week, they could have an extra day off on Monday. I have even ordered some good weather.


The focus of this half term is often on final preparations for our exam classes. Next week Year 10 sit internal examinations, then soon after Years 11, 12 (for some subjects)  and 13 begin formal external examinations. My thanks on your behalf have been given to the staff who are giving of their time to help students in that 'final push'.


Have a good May day, and enjoy reading this week's bulletin.


Michael Wardle, Headteacher



London Institute of Banking and Finance – Spring 2017 Results

Another outstanding year of results for our students in the Intermediate Certificate in Personal Finance with the LIBF. 


Vertical Scroll: Spring 2017
 A*	     46 students     64%
 A 		25 students  35%
 B 		1 student	     1%


72 Year 13 students have been studying financial capability modules in:

  • Personal Financial Encounters

  • Money Management Solutions

  • Personal Financial Management

The Intermediate Certificate in Personal Finance is accredited by the London Institute of Banking and Finance (formally IFS School of Finance), a charity with a Royal Charter, founded in 1879 – to regulate and train people in the financial services industry (mainly banking). IFS run programmes from school age to post-graduate, professional exams.

Mr Tait, Subject Leader Business & Enterprise



Years 7, 8 and 9 Ski Visit 2018

I would like to remind you that the second instalment for the 2018 ski visit was due by Friday 28th April 2017.  Please kindly send this in as soon as possible if you have not already done so.  Can you please ensure that cheques are made payable to Durham Johnston School for the total of £155.00 which should then be given to Mrs Hopper in the PE office.

Many thanks.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Co-ordinator



Duke of Edinburgh Expedition 6th - 7th May 2017

Students should have received and returned all information for this expedition. They must attend a full team kit check (full team, all equipment) on Tuesday 2nd May.

Good luck to all.

Ms Clay, Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator and the Duke of Edinburgh Team



Year 10 Dance Groups perform at the Gala Theatre

On Tuesday two of the Year 10 dance groups performed at the Gala Theatre in Durham.  One group danced a beautiful ballet routine, whilst the second a lyrical routine. They all danced beautifully and were a credit to the school.


Mrs White, Sports Co-Ordinator



Girls under 14 Football Team play in semi-final of the County Cup

On Wednesday the girls under 14 football team played in the semi-final of the County Cup against St. Bedes School from Peterlee. The girls fought to a 2-2 draw, forcing extra time to be played.  Unfortunately the final score was 3-2 to St. Bedes knocking the girls out of the County Cup.  The girls should feel proud of their efforts throughout the season. We wish the two remaining teams luck in the final.

Mrs White, Sports Co-Ordinator




Nevilles Cross 30mph and road safety review - ePetition

An ePetition has been set up in by a Durham Johnston Parent.


This calls for the introduction of a 30 mph limit along the A167 and A690, a road safety review and the potential introduction of a 20mph limit on some estate roads.


A link to the ePetition can be found here:



It is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the area and runs until the 30/6/2017.

Helen Charlton, Director of Resources



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 Sixth Form Notices May_2nd

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

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth                                                                                                   



Music Department News


Music Information Evening

Many thanks to the parents and pupils who attended the Parent Information Programme on Wednesday evening. The session, 'Parents, Practice, Progress and Performing' brought together musicians, music teachers and parents to discuss how pupils can practice their instrument/voice more effectively to help them make good progress, and to make learning an instrument/voice a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. There were some top tips offered by Mr Senior and Mrs Roberts from Durham Music Service, and parents had the chance to witness what goes on in an instrumental lesson thanks to James King, Adam Morris and Luke Teggert who staged a mock trombone lesson. Over the next few weeks we will be surveying some pupils and their parents as to their practice habits and their attitudes towards their instrumental/vocal lessons and learning, so look out for the 'Young Musician Survey'. If you were unable to attend the evening, click on the following links for a copy of a 'Practice Checklist'  and a suggested ‘Practice Schedule’.

Practice Schedule  

Practice Checklist

Mrs Holmes, Music Department


Music tuition during study leave

When students from years 11, 12 and 13 are on study leave, they are still more than welcome to come into school for instrumental / vocal lessons and they need not be in school uniform if the are just on site for this sole purpose.  If pupils are unable to attend lessons, please would you be kind enough to encourage them to inform their teachers in order that this time can be reallocated.

 Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Bishop Auckland District vs Newcastle District – AF Hardy Cup Final Thursday Night at Dunston FC

Last time we came up to face them we were beaten 11-3 in a poor performance, however, this time we have improved to beat them 2-0 in the final. There was a second half goal from Luke Savage and another from Kai Dobson with a front flip celebration. Luke Dale, Leo Garbutt and Yann McGowan all stared in centre back, right wing and left back.  With Alex Lythgoe and Jake Holt on the bench and Joe Hugill and Nathan Marsden out injured. Alex came on right back in the second half for Yann due to an injury and Jake finished the game in goal. We all celebrated the victory with a belly slide towards the parents and then with a nice hot dog and crisps to finish a good night. “

Alex Lythgoe Year 8



Sports News

On Monday our U16 basketball team were taking on Reddish Vale School, Stockport in the quarter-final of the English Schools National Cup. This was an outstanding game which was close throughout. We were only 2 points ahead with less than a minute to go but 4 free-throws from Orin Varley were enough to see us hold on to win 72 – 67.  This was an outstanding performance from the whole team who now travel to Manchester next Saturday for the National Finals day, trying to become National Champions.

Congratulations to our Yr 10 rugby team who became the TSSSA CUP Champions on Wednesday night, beating Newcastle School for Boys 45 – 10 in a dominant performance, played at Durham City Rugby Club.

Mr Hopper has checked the record books and this is the first time the school has won this prestigious competition open to all schools in the region.

The PE department are very proud of these boys for their performances and conduct in this record breaking season!

Mr Humberstone, would like to thank all the parents and staff who have supported the boys this year and also to the teachers who have allowed the boys time out from lessons to attend matches and tounaments.

On Wednesday our Y11 football team travelled to St John’s in the league cup semi-final. This was always going to be a close game and so it proved as despite a strong finish from St John’s we held on for a 3 - 2 victory to reach the final.

Also on Wednesday our U14 girls football team were playing in a County cup semi-final against St Bede’s. We had already won a semi-final but were forced to replay the game after another school cheated in a previous round. This was harsh on the girls but they battled hard in a very good game. The score was 2 – 2 at full time but a goal from St Bede’s in the first half of extra time was enough to see them win and reach the final with a 3 – 2 victory. This was hard luck on our girls but we wish St Bede’s good luck for the final.


Our Year 9 football team were also unlucky last night losing a semi-final of the Bishops Cup 3 – 1 at Sedgefield.


Finally good luck tonight to our Year 7 cricket who are starting the season with a friendly against Castleview School, Sunderland.



Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017