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Dates For Your Diary

  • Monday 19 June - Year 12 students return from study leave
  • Relationship and Sex Education Evening for parents and carers - June 21st - 5.00 p.m.
  • 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. 
  • 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,

I trust you had a good half term. Our examination cohorts have been busy this week preparing for and sitting papers in a wide variety of subjects, and school life has been moving at a pace. Half term seems so far away now, especially with the events of last night which highlight the complex nature of our country and its politics.  Of course, since my last bulletin there have been attacks in Manchester and London, and the Manchester attack had a direct impact on families within our own Johnston community. The election and the attacks are opposing ways of making voices heard. The fact that so many young people engaged in the democratic process, and the numbers attending rallies in our region is heartening. Whatever the political impact over the next few weeks, we are lucky to live in a country where our voice can heard and where we all have a chance to shape the leadership of the country.

Have a good weekend.Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



GCSE Mathematics Paper 3

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

We have analysed the first two papers and produced a list of topics that are likely to appear on the final paper. This list is attached along with links to Corbett Maths where students can access revision resources, including video explanations, to practice over the weekend.

In addition to this, below is a link to predicted papers that have been produced by Corbett Maths.


Maths Predictions and Resources Paper 3


Parent Pay

We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our ParentPay system at the moment.  Work is ongoing to resolve this.  We hope to have the system back online at the start of next week. 

Apologies for any inconvenience.


New College Prospective Parent Evenings

New College Durham are holding Prospective Parents Evenings on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June for all Year 11 students who have applied to go to New College in September 2017.

Individual subject areas have been allocated to each evening.


All prospective students and their parents/guardians/carers have been sent an invitation and asked to register online - http://newcollegedurham.ac.uk/news-events/prospective-parents-evening/

Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader for Guidance


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 published on the Help4teens website.  The booklet contains a variety of information about apprenticeships, recruitment and training for 16-19 year olds across County Durham.​



Relationship and Sex Education - Consultation Evening for Parents and Carers June 

After carrying out parental surveys relating to RSE at parents evenings this year, a number of parents showed an interest in attending a consultation and discussion group relating to its delivery in school.

This will take place on Monday 21st June at 5pm.

If you have any questions relating to the survey or the event please contact the RSE lead - Callum Blake: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attached is the letter sent out to those parents and carers who expressed an interest. 

RSE Letter to Parents and Carers


Examination Results 2017

It 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 has 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


¡Força Barça Abril 2017!

During the Easter Holiday a small group of Year 11 students convinced us that a last minute trip to sunny Spain would improve their motivation and knowledge of Spanish culture and of course their language level.

So then, we opted for a 5-day trip to Barcelona as Year 13 students joined us to increase their cultural awareness of Gaudi, Catalan ,local ‘gastonomia’ and the political, and regionalist views of ‘Cataluña’.

It was a non-stop city break packed full of culture; las Ramblas, Parc Güell, Sagrada Familia, but they still managed to get to the beach at Barceloneta and sample tapas and rice dishes in the local bars!

The students visited a language school to practise their Castilian Spanish and even had a taste of the regional language Catalan!

The short visit was filled with fun, much laughter, and many anecdotes to finish Year 11 on a high note. They did DJCS proud. Thank you year 11 for being ‘estupendo’ and good luck for results day…

Hasta pronto,

Ms Savin and Miss Venet, Languages Department


Durham Pride


Braving the bank holiday Monday weather and Jedward, the school’s Pride group took central stage at Durham’s fourth annual Pride event. Bold, colourful and iconically rainbow they unfurled their banner to celebrate our amazing and wonderfuly diverse city and school community.



Sports News

50 pupils set off last Sunday to travel to Malaga for our annual sports visit.  All students had a brilliant time and were complimented on their excellent behaviour.

At the end of the week's competition 'England' were the winning team.  The party arrived back in the early hours of this morning.  A full report and selections of pictures will be published in next week's bulletin.

On Wednesday, three of our mixed rounders team from Year 9 completed in a tournament against Belmont and Framwellgate Moor.  The A team ended up winning the competition and will now have a place to complete in the Summer Games finals in July.  The B and C team also won their games.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



Extra Curricular Activities after Half Term

Please find a link to a list of lunchtime and after school activities which are available this half term.


Extra Curricular Activities - Summer Term 2017







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