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Dates For Your Diary

  • Friday 26 May - Year 13 Leavers' Ball, Radisson Hotel, Durham
  • Friday 26 May - school finishes for Summer half term break for one week and re-opens on Monday 5th June
  • Monday 19 June - Year 12 students return from study leave
  • Friday 30 June - Music Festival, 6.00 p.m. in James Hall
  • Thursday 6 July, Colour Run fund raising event for studnets in Year 9, 10 and 11 -  Period 5
  • Thursday 6 July - an information evening for parents with students in Year 12 which will cover UCAS and Student Finance - 6.00 p.m. 
  • Friday 7 July - Music for a Summer Evening - 7.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12 July - 23rd Annual Sports Presentation Evening, Ramside Hall 7.00 - 11.00 p.m. - please click on the following link for a copy of the letter and reply slip
  • Wellbeing Week - 17th - 20th July
  • Thursday 20 July - school breaks for the Summer holidays 
  • AS / A2 examination results published on Thursday 17 August.  A2 results will be available in school from 8.00 a.m. and AS results from 10.00 a.m.
  • GCSE examination results published on Thursday 24 August 2017 and will be available in school from 10.00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 6 September - schools re-opens for the start of the new academic year


Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our hearts go out to the victims of the attack in Manchester this week. The impact of this really comes home when we find out that members of our school community have been affected by the attack. I was visiting a school near to Manchester this week, and several of the students there had been at the concert. It brings home how real the attack actually was. Our school community stands along side those teaching tolerance and respect for others, as we continue to teach, both explicitly and implicitly, the importance of valuing other people.

It has been a busy, if short, half-term.

Have a good break.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Publication of Examination Results

Is is the school's custom and practice to publish GCSE and A Level examination results in the local press.

If a student or their parent or carer have any concerns regarding the publication of their results, please could they notify the Examinations Officer, Mrs Gillham in writing no later thatn the 1 July 2017.

Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 were recently issued with an information leaflet regarding public examinations.  The leaflet contains information of the procedures to follow during exam period, dates for the collection of results, issue and collection of examination certificates, collection of coursework and post-results information.

Please click on the following link to download a copy.

Important information for students in Year 11, 12 and 13

In the event you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mrs Gillham, Examinations Officer


Colour Run 2017

This year we are holding a Colour Run event  in memory of Miss Bittlestone who died last year.   Money raised will go to her nominated charity.  The event will take place on Thursday 6 July, period 5 and is open to pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11.  Information letters have been issued to students in school.  We requested that entry forms,  together with the £5.00 payment be handed into school by 26 May, but this deadline has been extended to Monday 5 June.

Mrs Bell, Head of Year 10



Barcelona 2017


Last Sunday, we left school at 11:30 and drove down to Leeds airport to fly to Barcelona.  We were staying at a hotel in Tossa De Mar,  an hour and a half outside of Barcelona. We arrived there at 11:15 pm and went to a local Pizzaria for dinner.

On Monday, we started with vocab by the the pool before going to the beach. After lunch, we went on a pirate-themed, town trail around the village finding pirate bandanas and having face paint forfeits. We then played games on the beach.

Tuesday started earlier as we were on our way to Barcelona for the day. The morning started with walking around the Sagrada Famillia before stopping in the park for lunch. After lunch we did some shopping before visiting Camp Nou.

On Wednesday we did some more vocab before going to the beach and having a tour around the coastline in a glass bottomed boat.

Thursday, our last day, started with a trip to the beach and a visit to the market where we tested out the Spanish we'd learnt throughout the week. We then travelled back to Barcelona airport before flying to Newcastle.

The trip was a real success and we all enjoyed ourselves (Even the 6:30am mornings run with Mr Kidd)

Lydia Kind and Niamh Lang


GCSE Mathematics

Following the success and popularity of the first of our mathematics revision sessions we would like to remind Year 11 students that sessions 2 and 3 will take place on the 7th and 12th of June from 3pm to 6pm.

We have put together some questions on topics that did not appear on the first mathematics paper for students to work on over the holidays. We managed to hand these out to most students after their English exam but they are attached here for anyone who did not manage to pick up a copy.

In addition to this there are links below to some predicted paper 2’s that have been produced by Corbett Maths and Just Maths.

These include solutions and video explanations.



Ms McFadden, Subject Leader for Mathematics


Advice on Water Safety and Cold Water Shock

The following information has been provided by Durham County Council to raise awareness of the dangers of cold water shock:

Jumping into rivers without acclimatising can kill.

Being suddenly immersed in cold water can cause you to have a heart attack and die. The change in temperature can also lead to a gasp response where you could breathe in water, get into a panic and drown.

Drowning is one of the major causes of adolescent deaths worldwide. An estimated 57,000 ten to nineteen-year-olds drowned across the globe in 2015 – two thirds of them boys.

Fourteen year old Cameron Gosling never came home after jumping into the river without acclimatising, while playing with friends one sunny day. The lives of those closest to him will never be the same again. His family has no routine or structure and his brother goes to sleep every night listening to Cameron’s funeral music. Some of his friends have been taken out of mainstream school, friendships have suffered and there have even been thoughts of suicide.

Cameron’s mum Fiona has been left wishing she had spoken to her son about ‘cold water shock,’ believing he would still be here if they had had that chat.

Do your children know about the dangers of jumping into rivers?  Do you?

Please be aware of the dangers of  cold water shock and have the conversation with your childrent that Fiona will forever regret not having had with Cameron.

You can find out more by clicking on the following links





Green Fingers!

The gardening club at Durham Johnston has gone from strength to strength this year and is well supported by pupils and staff.   Thanks to initial funding from one of the school’s governors Nigel Martin, former County Councillor for Neville’s Cross, we have developed the pond area to be a  welcoming wildlife garden. Projects last year included the creation of raised beds in which we grew a variety of crops including tomatoes, carrots and beetroots.  The sale of the produce enabled us to buy much needed additional gardening equipment.  We also created a flower wall from old wooden pallets which attracts a wide variety of insects. 

Thanks to the generosity of one of our parents we now have our very own greenhouse which will be used to grow our tomato plants in this year.  The greenhouse can be seen in the photo beside one of our new large raised beds, which were created to plant the vegetable plug plants that were our prize for achieving Level 4 in the Royal Horticultural Society School Gardening awards.  We are hoping that by the end of this year we will be proud owners of the coveted top prize of RHS Level 5!

Our plans for the remainder of the school year include planting and harvesting the crops and finally getting round to making our very own plastic bottle greenhouse! We are in the process of constructing this from our large collection of bottles which will be fixed to a wooden frame.   The finished plastic greenhouse will be fastened to the glass greenhouse, creating one large walk-in greenhouse space.

The small tree you can see pictured at the front right hand side of the picture was planted recently in memory of colleague Gillian Bittlestone who died last year.

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone for their continuing support of the gardening club.

Mr Bowman, Science Department


Extra Curricular Activities after Half Term

Please find a link to a list of lunchtime and after school activities which will be available next half term.

Extra Curricular Activities - Summer Term 2017


British Sign Language

Last Friday forty eight of our students from Years 7 to 13, together with 2 members of staff, completed this year's 8-week British Sign Language enrichment course. Over the duration of the course, the participants learnt about deaf culture and basic sign language, from three fantastic instructors, Robin, Susan and Sonia.

The next course will run in September 2017.

Miss Clay, Science Department


Apprenticeships, recruitment and training for 16-19 year olds

Please find below a link to One Point service's Start Today booklet which is a pulished on the Help4teens website.  The booklet contains a variety of information about apprenticeships, recruitment and training for 16-19 year olds across County Durham.​




Music Notice

Durham Johnston Music Festival 2017

Many thanks to all those pupils who have entered. There have been a record 51 entries in all, and due to this high number we will need to hold preliminary rounds for Class 2 (Grade 4-5) ad Class 3 (Grades 6-8). All entrants have received a letter detailing the procedure for this, but if they have mislaid it you can download a copy here. For those pupils away on a school visit w/b 5th June, we have also offered an additional date of Wednesday 14th June. A list of finalists will be posted outside the Music Department on Thursday 15th June. If pupils or parents have any further queries, or wish to inform us of their chosen date for the preliminary round this can be done in person or to Mr Holmes via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Sports News

A very successful week started on Monday as our athletics teams headed to Monkton Stadium for the rearranged English Schools Athletics Cup which was postponed from last week due to the rain. In much better conditions all our athletes produced excellent performances.

Our Junior girls and Inter girls both won the competition and our Junior and Inter boys both finished 2nd. This means that we are one of only two schools in the North-east who have had all four teams qualify for the North-east Regional round which takes place at the Costello Stadium, Hull on Tuesday 13th June.

Four of our boys then returned from the athletics and went straight onto our tennis courts to compete in the U13 County tennis finals. They started with a 6 – 0 victory against Barnard Castle. This set up a final against Hummersknott. After a slow start in the doubles we took control going on to become County Champions with a 4 – 2 victory. Well done to Will and Ollie McKenna, Charlie Phillips and Joe Bennett.

On Tuesday our U14 cricket team were at Ushaw Moor CC taking on Whitburn in the County Cup. We fielded first and restricted them to 84 runs in their 20 overs. Despite losing an early wicket a very good batting display from Isaac Unsworth and Gabriel McCall saw us win with 2 overs to spare. We now go on to meet St John’s in the next round.

Also on Tuesday our U15 girls and U15B boys tennis teams travelled to Barnard Castle for tennis matches. Our boys B team had an excellent match against Barnard Castle A team. It was very close but we eventually lost 4 – 2. The girls was slightly easier as we won 4 – 2.
On Wednesday it was the turn of our U15 cricket team to be in County Cup action as they took on St John’s. They batted first and scored 86 runs. This proved to be no problem as James Hindmarsh and Issac Unsworth took only 11 overs to get the runs.

Also on Wednesday our Year 9 & 10 rounders teams were playing Durham School. Both games were of a high standard as we won the Year 9 game 71 – 39 and lost the Year 10’s 53 – 75. Finally on Wednesday our Year 10 rugby team were taking part in a Durham City rugby 7’s tournament. Our first match was against Parkview. An early try saw us take control as we went on to win 6 – 1. Our final game was a local derby against St Leonard’s. this went the same way as the Parkview game as we dominated eventually winning 5 – 1 to win the competition.

Yesterday it was the turn of U13 tennis teams to play Barnard Castle. In glorious conditions we played some excellent tennis wining every match. Our girls team won 9 – 0 and our boys B and C teams both won 6 – 0.

Finally this afternoon our Year 7 cricket team were at home playing Teesdale in the County Cup. Hopefully we can bring news of more success after half-term.

Hopefully those Year 7’s going on our June trip to Malaga are getting organised ready to meet at school for 3.00am on Sunday 4th June. Parents will be able to follow our progress on the school Twitter account.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Year 10 Rugby


Congratulations to the Year 10 rugby team who last night capped off a very successful season by winning a 7's tournament, held at Durham Johnston last night, against local rivals St Leonard's and Parkview. 

The team dominated in both matches and demonstrated some superb individual and team skills.

The boys involved are already talking about next season... well done lads!

Mr Humberstone, PE Department



Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017