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Dates For Your Diary

  • Wednesday 28 June - Science Careers talk by Drs J and R Kendal, Department of Anthropology, Durham University 3.00 p.m., Lydia Centre
  • Friday 30 June - Music Festival, 6.00 p.m. in James Hall
  • Thursday 6 July, Colour Run fund raising event for students 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,

Tonight sees our Year 11 students celebrate their time with us as they head off to the prom. The school year seems to be drawing to a close with a variety of events over the next few weeks, as advertised through this bulletin. Next week on Monday we have our first academic enrichment day, where students will be able to listen to inspirational speakers drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds talk about their stories, and their path to success. On Thursday we host the Year 6 students who will be joining us in September and on Friday we have our Year 12 induction day. We also have our Key Stage 3 celebration evening on Thursday. At this time of year the school begins to reflect on the success of our students, and the leadership begin planning the new academic year which seems to be drawing so close, so quickly.

This week I was privileged to visit a primary school. I noted on the walls a display about 'random acts of kindness' and remembered an assembly I led a few years ago here. It seems to me, that in building community we need both the formal timetabled events where we share information, celebrate our gifts, talents and successes, but also on going words and acts of kindness to bring us together as a Johnston community.

There is a lot going on over the next few weeks. Do make sure that your children are involved and communicate these events with you!

Yours sincerley,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Contacting School

Please remember that the first port of call for many enquiries about school life is the form tutor. We do, as a school, attempt to get back to parents quickly should they contact us. We have had an increasing number of incidents where parents are arriving at school expecting to speak to a named member of staff straight away. Clearly, this is often impossible, as form teachers, heads of year and senior teachers have a substantial teaching commitment and are unable to leave their classes.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries, and the office staff will be able to forward your email to the relevant member of staff.




Progress is being made towards resolving the issues with our ParentPay system and we are awaiting the results of a final system test.

We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience and once again would like to thank parents and carers for their patience.


Academic Enrichment Event

We are holding an Academic Enrichment Event on Monday 26 June.  The event is open to all students from Year 7 - Year 12 and will take place in James Hall from 8.45 a.m. until 2.45 p.m.  

For further details of this event please click on the following link:

Academic Enrichment Event - Monday 26 June.


RSE Event

Members of a team from outside agencies who specialise in the delivery of RSE are coming to school to work with our young people on the following days:

5th July - Year 7

6th July - Year 8

7th July - Year 9 

They will address issues raised as priorities in both our student and parental consultations this year. We hope this will educate and enrich the wellbeing of our young people. Please click on the following link for a copy of the letter sent out to parents.  Should you wish to contact us regarding this event or to exercise your right to withdraw your child, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSE Event

Mr Blake, 2nd i/c Careers and Guidance


Science Careers Presentation - Wednesday 28 June

The next Science Careers presentation for students will take place in Lydia on Wednesday 28 June at 3.00 p.m.  We are pleased to welcome Doctors Jeremy and Rachel Kendal, who work in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Durham.

“What is anthropology?”  Anthropology essentially sits at the intersection of archaeology, psychology, biology, geography, sociology and more so is of interest to any students studying those subjects.

All are most  welcome.

Dr Bolton, Subject Leader for Biology


UKMT – National Finals

On Monday 19th June Zhenya Tumarkin, Rosa Pollard Smith, Peter Cook and Joseph Bennett represented Durham Johnston and the North East in the National Finals of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge in London. 

This final of this prestigious and challenging competition involved 88 teams and was the culmination of the 15th year of the competition, which attracted entries from over 1750 schools.

I am delighted to say that our team was awarded 1st prize in the Poster competition.  Their winning poster on ‘Polyominoes’ will now be published and circulated next year.  This is an outstanding achievement for our students!

Mrs Cave, Team Manager


Uniform Policy Years 7 - 11

We are aware that many parents and carers will be considering purchasing school uniform ready for the start of the new school year and would like to take this opportunity to issue a reminder of the school's uniform policy.

Uniform Policy (Years 7 - 11) 2017-2018


Lost Property

We have a large number of items of lost property at present, both handed in to Reception and left in the PE department.   The majority of these items are unamed and therefore we cannot reunite them with their owners.

Please could parents and carers encourage their children to collect any items of lost property from the Reception before at during break, or lunchtime next week.

The PE department have already issued a reminder to students that they must come any collect any items left in the PE department before the end of the school day this coming Monday, 26 June.



Music Notices


Tuition from Durham Music Service

A letter should have been collected by all pupils in years 7 to 12 who currently receive instrumental tuition from Durham Music Service. If this letter didn’t make it home, please click on the following link for a copy.

Music Tuition


Big Band rehearsal

In preparation for their performance at Celebrations Evening on Thursday 29th June, a final rehearsal will be held in MU1 between 2.45 and 3.45pm on Tuesday 27th June.


School Music Festival

The final of each class of the School Music Festival will be held on the evening of Friday 30th June in James Hall.  We are delighted that Mrs Norris, Deputy Manager for Durham Music Service and an excellent trombonist, has kindly agreed to be our adjudicator for the evening. Please do come along a support our musician’s if you are able.

Class 1 (Grade 1-3)      Whinney Hill Music Cup                                  6.00pm (please be here by 5.50)

Class 2 (Grade 4-5)      Crossgate Moor Music Cup                             6.45pm (please be here by 6.35)

Class 3 (Grade 6+)       Durham Johnston School Music Cup              7.45pm (please be here by 7.35)


Music For a Summer Evening

Year 13 musicians, along with their families and friends are warmly invited to ‘Music for a Summer Evening’ on Friday 7th July at 7.00pm. This is an informal cabaret–style evening in the Cafe, where pupils and staff entertain their guests whilst they enjoy drinks and a light buffet. If you would like to attend, tickets are available from the Music Department at a cost of £7.00 – cash or cheque payable to ‘Durham Johnston School’. This includes food and your first drink. Performers will also need to buy a ticket to cover costs of food and drink.

Mr Holmes,  Subject leader for Music


Duke of Edinburgh Notice

The next DofE expedition will take place on the 1st and 2nd July.

All payments and documentation should have been submitted today.  Please could all those participants who have not handed this in today please come and see me as a matter of urgency on Monday.

There will be a team kit check next week, to which it all students are expected to attend.

Good luck to all taking part, fingers crossed for good weather!

Ms Clay and the DofE Team



Ski Visit 2018 - 3rd Instalment Due

Would parents and carers of our 2018 skiers please note that the 3rd instalment is due BY Monday 3rd July please. £155 cheques made payable to Durham Johnston School.

Many thanks.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Co-ordinator


Y7 Problem Solving


This week our Year 7's  have been working in teams, learning about design, creation and testing.  Play-doh and spaghetti were our tools. We had some interesting structures and a lot of fun (and mess)!

Well done Year 7 – good problem solving skills!

Miss Forbes, SL Computing 

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 links:  

Sixth Form Notices week beginning 26 June 2017

Addressing FAQ's - Year 12 Students - May, June and July

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

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth        



Sports News

Excellent news from last Friday afternoon as our Year 7 and Junior athletics teams were at Monkton Stadium for the Tyneside Championships. Our Year 7 team were leading going into the final event, the 4 x 100M relay. In an exciting finish we came 2nd to secure enough points to become Tyneside Champions. It was also close in the Junior event. However a 3rd place finish in the relay was not enough to lift us out of 3rd place overall. An excellent achievement for both teams to finish in the top 3 schools.

On Monday our Year 8 cricket team travelled to Barnard Castle for the County Cup quarter-final. They batted first and scored an impressive 133 runs. In reply we batted steadily and needed 40 runs for the last 6 overs. However we never quite got close enough eventually losing by 14 runs.

Also on Monday our Year 9 & 10 rounders teams were at Durham High for league games. Both games were of a very high standard and honours were shared as our Year 9’s won 67 - 49 and our Year 10’s lost 57 - 61

The rounders continued on Tuesday as our Year 7 & 8 teams were at Durham High. These were also good games finishing with our Year 7’s losing 23 – 71 and our Year 8’s winning 59 – 39.

Our U15 girls tennis team were also at Durham High on Tuesday for the County finals. After an excellent afternoon of high quality tennis our girls finished in 3rd place losing to the hosts in our final match.

Wednesday was a very busy day with tennis, cricket and rounders all taking place.

Our U13 boys tennis team were at Redhouse School, Stockton for a league match. We proved too strong for them going on to win 5 – 1 and stay top of the league. Our U13 girls were also in league action against Yarm School. Yarm also have strong teams and this year was no exception as they beat us 6 – 0. Our U15 tennis teams were at home taking on Durham School in a friendly match.

During the day our U15 girls cricket team were supposed to be playing league matches at Sacriston CC. Unfortunately the weather meant this became an indoor fixture at Framwellgate School. Our girls were excellent throughout the day winning all their games against Framwellgate, St Leonard’s and Teesdale.

Finally on Wednesday our Year 9 rounders team played the final league game of the season away at Tanfield. An excellent match saw us win 80 - 20 to become league champions.

On Thursday our Year 9 cricket team were at Crook CC taking on St John’s in the quarter-final of the County Cup. We only scored 85 runs which was always going to be difficult to defend. Despite bowling well St John’s progressed to the semi-final with 3 overs to spare.

Also on Thursday we were hosting the Tyneside U13 tennis finals. We started with a comfortable 5 – 1 victory against Parkview to set up a final against St Cuthbert’s. Again we played the better tennis to become Tyneside Champions with another 5 – 1 victory.

Finally congratulations to Harrison Whitfield from Year 12 who has been selected to compete in the English Schools Athletics National Finals at Birmingham in July. He will be doing triple jump and relay. A great achievement.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Health and Social Care Students Visit to Bowburn Infant School


On Thursday the Health and Social group visited Bowburn Infant School to run a sports event. This gave the group a chance to work on their communication skills for their assignment. The group were fantastic leaders and the staff from the school praised them for their professional manner with the younger children. 

Mrs White, PE Department



SIMS Learning Gateway

We recently launched a secure online service for parents and carers -  SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG).  We have had a very positive response, with a large majority of parents choosing to sign up.

The key benefits of the system are that parents are able to view the information regarding their child's attendance and punctuality and view termly reports and timetable details. 

An additional benefit is that parents are able to check that details, such as address and telephone numbers are correct, and advise the school of any changes electronically.

If you would like to sign up for the service please click on the following link for a copy of the Parental Access Request form which can be returned to Reception.  Individual usernames and information regarding secure passwords will be provided as soon as possible thereafter. 

SLG Acceptable Use Policy

Parental Access Request Form