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Dates For Your Diary

  • 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


Head's Letter to Parents


Dear Johnston families,  

As we come to the end of term, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of the Johnston. I am very proud of the hard work and achievements of our students and staff, and I am still astounded at the number of students attending our extra-curricular provision here. Each week we are able to publish the Friday bulletin on our website, which gives information about the competitions we are winning, and the wider aspects of our curriculum here. It has, once again, been a very successful year.

Please find in this letter some important information for next year. 

Staffing changes 

Every year we say goodbye to members of staff who have served our community here.  This year we say goodbye to several members of staff who have served the students at the Johnston over many years. Their commitment to the community here has been outstanding. Mr Walker, subject leader for social sciences will be leaving after many years of faithful service, as will Mrs Sutton, subject leader for Latin, Mr Lindley, subject leader for geography, Mrs Cave, teacher of mathematics, and Mrs Slattery, deputy headteacher. Each of them has performed their duties with passion and determination. The school is losing excellent colleagues, and on your behalf, I thank them for their work. We wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

We welcome the following colleagues in September: 

Mrs Bothwell - Teacher of Latin

Ms Cave - Teacher of mathematics

Mr Clark - Teacher of biology

Mrs Colquitt - Subject Leader for geography

Mr Everett - Teacher of social sciences

Mr Smith - Teacher of mathematics

Mr Sutcliffe - Teacher of mathematics

For information, the senior team will consist of seven colleagues. There is myself, Mr Bancroft and Mr O’Sullivan as deputy headteachers, and Ms McFadden will join Mr Weaver and Mr McArdle, as assistant head. Ms Charlton is the Director of Resources, and leads the support staff team and is responsible for the financial stewardship of the school, among other aspects of school life.

Uniform (Years 7 - 11)

The senior team stand at the doors of the school in the morning. We see first-hand on a daily basis that most of our students comply with school uniform standards. Thank you for your support in this. For those of you who will be buying new items of uniform, the uniform requirements are set out in the uniform leaflet which is published on the website.  

Some of our girls, however, need reminding too often about the requirements for skirts and tights.  We have a selection of skirts which girls will need to change into if the garments they are wearing are unacceptable. Some of our female tutors are ‘skirt czars’. To avoid confrontation, please ensure that skirts are of the recommended length and are not made from stretch lycra or knitted type fabrics.   Black opaque tights must be worn with shorter style skirts.  It is recommended that pupils carry a spare pair of tights in their bag to change into if they become laddered.  Where students are directed by a member of staff to obtain replacement tights from Reception, an automatic charge (currently £1.00) will be made.

Data checking exercise (Year 7, 8, 9 and 10)

Data checking sheets were issued to parents with pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 earlier this week.  Thank you to parents who have returned these to school already.  If you have not had the opportunity to return your sheet yet, we would be pleased if you could ensure that your son or daughter could hand it in to Reception staff before the end of term.  Data checking sheets will be issued to Years 12 and 13 in September.

Holiday dates 2017-2018


Term Ends

Term Begins



Wednesday 6 Sept 2017

Autumn Half Term 2017

(1 week)

Friday 20 October 2017

Monday 30 October 2017

Christmas 2017

(2 weeks and 1 day)

Thursday 21 December 2017

Monday 8 January 2018

Spring Half Term 2018

(1 week)

Friday 9 February 2018

Monday 19 February 2018

Easter 2018

(2 weeks and 1 day)

Thursday 29 March 2018

Monday 16 April 2018

May Day 2018

(1 day)

Friday 4 May 2018

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Summer Half Term 2018

(1 week)

Friday 25 May 2018

Monday 4 June 2018

Summer 2018


Friday 20 July 2018

To be determined


On your behalf, I thank the staff at Durham Johnston for their hard work over the course of the past year, and I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable break. 

Yours sincerely,  

Michael Wardle, Headteacher 



End of Term Arrangements

The Summer term ends on Thursday 20 July.   Please note that buses will leave school at the earlier time of 1.00 p.m.


Colour Run 2017

The Colour Run was again a wonderful event. Year 9 and 10 participants enjoyed this fun run together in true Johnstonian spirit. The welcome extended to Miss Bittlestone’s family, Bill and Sophia was touching and heartfelt. Our pupils had great fun and we are delighted to have raised over £500 for Miss Bittelstone’s nominated charity. Thanks to students, staff and parents for your support.

Mrs Bell, Head of Year 

Cambridge University Open Days

Last week, 18 Durham Johnston Sixth Former students attended the Cambridge University Open Days. The group was accompanied by Dr Coleman and Mr Wilbraham and stayed overnight in either St John’s or Homerton colleges. They experienced some free time in Cambridge itself, attended college tours and admissions presentations and visited departments to listen to talks, speak with academics or meet with undergraduate Open Day guides.

It was an enjoyable and productive visit; all students’ conduct was exemplary and we wish them well with applications in the autumn.

Mr Wilbraham, Subject Leader for History


Howtown 17 - 21 July 2017

The annual visit to Howtown Outdoor Educational Centre will take place from 17 - 21 July 2017.  Please click on the following link for a copy of the information letter provided for parents and pupils.

Howtown 2017


Year 10 and 12 Visit to Austria 2017


At 9pm on Thursday 29th June, 27 Year 10 and 12 students and staff set off on a journey to Bad Ischl in Austria.

The journey was long but the 5.50am ferry crossing was smooth and students had their first taste of adventure exploring the shops and cafés aboard the ferry. We arrived in Cochem, our first stop in Germany, welcoming us with a beautiful imperial castle, glorious weather and delicious ice cream.

The next day we continued our journey to Bad Ischl where the next five days consisted of early mornings at our Austrian partner school and late quiz, bowling and cinema nights, with fantastic days out in between exploring towns and cities such as Bad Ischl, Salzburg, Ebensee, Gmunden and Hallstatt.

Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and saying good bye to our Austrian friends felt extremely difficult.

Please click on the following link to read some of the students' comments.

Miss Schwaiger (MFL Department) 


Key Stage 3 English Classes 2017-2018

Please click on the link below for information on the 2017-18 English setting.  

English Setting 2017-2018

Mrs Walton, KS3 English Co-ordinator



Meningococcal ACWY Conjugate Vaccination (MenACWY)

Please click on the link below for a copy of a letter provided by Public Health England which raises awareness about the provision of an urgent catch-up vaccination programme for 2017 school leavers i.e. those students borne between 1 September 1983 to 31 August 1999.

PHE Letter



Sports News

Last night the PE department held our 23rd Annual Sports presentation Evening at Ramside Hall. Around 300 students and parents attended what was an outstanding evening celebrating the amazing success of so many students at Durham Johnston.

It was  a great opportunity to reflect on such a wide range of achievement in so many sports for both boys and girls throughout the year.

The presentation culminated with Mr Wardle presenting “Team of the Year” to the U16 basketball team and individual winners collecting their awards for “Contribution to Sport”.

The evening ended with a disco - the dancing being led by Year 7 Harrison Black and his Michael Jackson impression!

The traditional Durham Johnston PE anthem “Love Train” was also played in memory of Mr Sinclair.

A great night was had by all.  Please click on the following link for the copy of the Sports Presentation programme.

The final PE event of the year is our July Malaga trip we look forward to seeing those going at 2.45am on Sunday morning!

Have a great summer.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE