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Dates For Your Diary

  • School breaks for October half term holiday on Friday 20th October and re-opens on Monday 30 October
  • Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening -  Monday 13 November, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Ski Trip 2018 -  information meeting for parents and pupils -  Tuesday 21 November, 5.45 - 6.30 in James Hall
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 4 December, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • School breaks for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Thursday 21st December and re-opens on 8th January
  • Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 15 January, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 12 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 5 February, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • School breaks for Spring half term holiday on Friday 9 February and re-opens on Monday 19 February
  • Year 9 Options Evening - Monday 19 February, 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 9 Parents' Evening - Monday 5 March, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 8 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 19 March, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • School breaks for the Easter holidays on Friday 29 March and re-opens on 16 April
  • Year 10 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 23 April, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • May Day 2018 - school will be closed on Monday 7 May
  • School breaks for the Summer half term holiday on Friday 25 May and re-opens on Monday 4 June


Head's Letter to Parents

Dear families,

The term continues at a pace here at school. This week Mr Weaver led assemblies on the theme of Black History Month. He reflected with the students about the 30 years history of Black History Month, and focused on issues of discrimination in the world today, referencing some of the events in America and across the world in the past six months. He encouraged us all to learn from history, and reminded the students of British values of tolerance, respect and acceptance.

The Festival of Culture will be in full swing next week. Over the months of October and November we add special events to the curriculum to broaden students' experience of culture. This year some of the events are linked to themes of prejudice and acceptance, and as ever we have links to different curriculum areas. In addition to art, history and drama, this year we have some very exciting links to the computing curriculum, and we have access to cutting edge virtual reality kit.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher 


Black History Month

This week a series of assemblies have been delivered as part of the 30th anniversary of Black History Month.

The links below allow a more thorough and detailed examination of this important celebration




Mr Weaver, Assistant Head



Festival of Culture 2017

Please click on the link for full programme of events in October and November.


Year 7 Visits to Durham Cathedral

Over three days last week, the whole of year 7 visited Durham Cathedral, where they took part in a range of activities provided by the History, Art and Geography departments. They also visited Open Treasure, the cathedral’s exhibition space, including seeing the magnificent Treasures of St. Cuthbert.

In students' own words:

“We did a town planning session where we drew Palace Green and made improvements to it. I enjoyed the task very much.” – Ruari Lang

“It was great fun learning about the geography of Palace Green. I also really enjoyed making a plan of Palace Green. I added a golf course and a bar!” – Finn Black

 “My favourite was Open Treasure – we learned how much room a monk had to sleep, and one of us got dressed up as a monk. She said it was very itchy!” – Mollie Heron

“We got to see St. Cuthbert’s coffin. I thought it was interesting that it was so short and slim.” – Amy Wren

“I liked the history tour because we got to see the part that was used as a bomb shelter. Now it is called the Chapel of the Holy Cross.” – Samuel Gardner

“I enjoyed going on the history tour and being told about all the different types of arches and being shown the leftovers of medieval paintings on the wall of the Galilee Chapel.” – Lewis Middlemass

 “Art was my favourite lesson of the day. We sat on the pews and drew the insides of the Cathedral, which I found really fun and so did most people.” – Alanah Bell

“In Art we drew the cathedral. We learned lots of different techniques of how to add effects to make it look 3D. It was very fun even though we had to stand outside in the freezing cold!” – Jess Khan


As ever, the walk back up the hill proved slightly less popular! Pupils were excellent ambassadors for the school on all three days, and we were complimented numerous times by Cathedral staff and members of the public on their conduct and behaviour. In particular, we received a number of very positive comments about how engaged and enthusiastic pupils were about their tasks. Well done!

Many thanks to all the staff who made the visits such a success.

Miss McKenzie, History Department



Careers Information

Bishop Auckland College will be holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 17th October from 5.30pm-7.30pm. and their Specialist Engineering Centre at South West Durham Training next Tuesday 10th October 5.00pm-7.00pm.

For information about future Open Evenings that Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training will be holding, please click on the links below.

Bishop Auckland College

South West Durham Training

Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader for Guidance and Careers


Year 9 German Study Visit 2017

On the 23rd September, my class and I said farewell to our families as we embarked on our adventure to Germany with Miss Schwaiger, Mrs Suleman and Mr Kidd.

At 22:30, we boarded the coach armed with plenty of food ready for the long drive down to Dover. Most of us slept until we stopped at Peterborough service station, where those who were a bit peckish devoured a McDonald’s.

We departed from Dover at 6.40 and arrived in Calais at 9.15. After a long journey, we finally arrived at St. Michaelturm. After lunch, we walked into Vluyn and ate some delicious ice cream before eating dinner at 18:00. We had lessons every night where we learnt new vocabulary to prepare us for the next day.

On Monday, we visited Vluyn again, where we bought a postcard and a stamp to send to our parents. After completing some tasks, we then were allowed to look around Vluyn and went shopping at Lidl. Later that day, we had dinner followed by a lesson to prepare us for Düsseldorf.

We went to Düsseldorf on Tuesday and visited the Rhine Tower and the Landtag. We had a lot of fun in the Rhine Tower. Can I just note how delicious the pretzels in the tower were! We ate lunch at the port before looking around Düsseldorf’s old town.

On Wednesday, we visited Köln and climbed the 533 steps up to the cathedral tower. Afterwards, we were allowed to explore the inner city of Köln. There were many expensive shops in Köln, so we were not able to shop in some. Then came my favourite part; Köln’s chocolate factory. We did some cake testing whilst we were in the chocolate factory. We must have eaten our entire body weight in chocolate by the time we came out the chocolate factory!

On the last full day, we revisited Düsseldorf where we walked around the Carlsplatz food market, bought our own lunch and sampled some German food looking onto the Rhine. After we had eaten our lunch, we drove to Kempen, where we interviewed some of the residents. I enjoyed interviewing people because they ate different food to us and had different hobbies. As a treat, we then had some ice cream at the ice cream parlour in Kempen. Later that night, we had a barbeque; it was so nice but we were surprised by the German autumn rain.

I would like to thank the teachers for such an amazing trip, we all had so much fun!

Kathryn Scrivens, Year 9


Term and Holiday Dates 

Please find below a link to the list of term and holiday dates up to the summer holidays 2019.  

School Holiday and Term Dates


House System Leader Board

And they’re off – a fantastic start to the year and the house activities are well under way!  Community spirit is strong and sport and competition is taking the lead in the form of two netball tournaments.  The leader board is really taking shape!  Remember every point counts!

House System Leader Board

Well done to Annand who are currently in the lead.

Miss Forbes, Academic Enrichment 



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 Notice w/c 9 October 

Sixth Form Societies


Acoustic Café

Amongst the mountains of coursework, homework, UCAS and other joys that come with sixth form, it's often hard to find time to relax. Wednesday was the first session of Acoustic Cafe for 2017-18, and this has become one of the sixth form ‘societies’ that celebrates creativity. The turn out was amazing with the drama studio packed, with both y13 and y12 performances. Sixth formers were able to relax and listen to the musical talent of their peers, something I think we all need. Acoustic Cafe will run every 2 weeks or so, giving a stage to the talent hiding in amongst sixth form.

Emily Heath, Year 13


Amazing Technology

Last week we reported the One Show's coverage about Year 12 student, Jade Gadd who is using a robot to communicate between home and school when she is unable to attend lessons.

Jade's mother has provided us with a link to a video which illustrates just how much this innovative technology is benefitting Jade.


Mr McArdle, Assistant Head (Director Post-16)


Music Department News

Music Rehearsals during DJ Culture Festival

The ensemble rehearsal schedule for the last two weeks of term is as follows.

Music Rehearsal Schedule


School Christmas Concert – Thursday 7th December, James Hall – advance notice for information.

First Half (6.30pm) to include Wind Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and selected soloists.

Second Half (7.30pm) to include Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Chamber Choir and selected soloists.

Tickets for each part of this concert may be purchased from the Music Department.  To ensure that as many parents, relatives and friends as possible can attend this event, we would encourage you, please, to purchase tickets only for the half in which your child is performing? There will be some pupils who are performing in both halves, in which case audience members will need to purchase tickets for both parts of the concert. Please note that pupils who have siblings in the other half will be able to attend that half of the concert without a ticket.

We shall ask everyone who does not have a ticket for the second half to vacate the hall at the end of the first half and then the those with tickets for the second half will be admitted in time for the second half to start at about 7.30pm. Tickets will be £2.50 or £2 concessions for each half and please note that these will not be for sale on the door. Payment by cash or cheque, payable to ‘Durham Johnston School’. These will be on sale from Monday 13thNovember.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Ski Trip 2018

On Tuesday 21 November we will hold an information evening for parents and pupils who are going skiing next year.  The meeting will be held in James Hall and will start 5.45 p.m. until approximately 6.30 p.m.  More detailed nformation about the trips will be provided to skiers nearer the time of their visit.

An equipment list is provided below in case any parents or carers would like the opportunity to purchase essential items in advance.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at school.  Tel: 0191 384 3887 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ski Trip Equipment List

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Co-ordinator


Sports Department News

On Monday our Year 9 & 11 rugby teams took part in a friendly tournament held at Durham Johnston. It was an excellent evening of rugby with our Y11’s winning all matches. The best game was in the Year 9 competition against St Leonard’s which ended in a draw.

On Tuesday our Year 9 football team took on Thorpe Academy in the Tyneside Cup. An outstanding performance by their goalkeeper kept the score close but we ended up with a comfortable 4 – 1 victory.

Also on Tuesday our Year 8 football team were at Wellfield in the county cup. This was another comfortable victory as we won 9 – 1.

It was the turn of the U14 girls football to be in county cup action on Wednesday. They travelled to St Robert’s for what turned out to be a high scoring game which we went on to win 7 – 4. Also on Wednesday our Year 7 boys played Whickham in the Tyneside Cup. They were a strong team and lead 3 – 0 at half-time. Despite a good second half performance we lost 4 – 1.

Unfortunately the weather on Wednesday caused the postponement of the Year 11 netball tournament which will now be held in two weeks.

On Thursday we were due to play Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 football matches against Whitworth Park. Unfortunately they had to concede the Year 7 & 9 games due to a shortage of staff. The Year 8 game ended in a 5 – 2 victory for us and we also had success in the Year 10 game winning 4 – 2.

Also last night our Year 9 & 10 netball teams were in league action against St Leonard’s. The Year 10 game was an excellent match which we eventually won 10 – 9. The Year 9 game started well for us but a very strong St Leonard’s team soon took control going on to record a comfortable victory.

Finally yesterday our swimming teams were at Freeman’s Quay for the ESSA competition. The standard here is always very high and our best result came from our junior girls who finished with a bronze medal.

Good luck tonight to our Year 8 & 10 rugby teams who are at St John’s for a friendly tournament and our Year 7 girls football team who are at home against Parkside.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018


Extra Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities - Autumn Term 2017