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Dates For Your Diary

  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 4 December, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Christmas Jumper Day, Thursday 14 December 2017
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Santa Fun Run, period 5, Friday 15 December 2017
  • 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 Parents and Carers,

It seems that now it is the month of December I can utter the word Christmas. Today, people all over the UK opened the first day of their advent calendars, and there is some justification now for putting up trees! At school, we have our Christmas concert on Thursday next week, and our tree arrives too.  It certainly feels like winter also due to the snow and difficult weather that we have been experiencing. We have strict rules and protocols on site regarding snow, but please also remind your children to be sensible on the way home. If I can also remind parents that if we experience an extreme weather event information about school closure is always put on the website. We have a long and rich tradition of remaining open, since we are a school which has only one building and therefore once students have arrived, we can keep them safe from slipping and the like. We are also based on a main road allowing buses to access the site. Please do not be tempted to drop and collect children from the site at the beginning and end of the day; it is too congested and slippery.

I will be going to see the window at Fenwick's this weekend, and we may even begin thinking about decorations.

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher 


Parent Governor Vacancies 

We currently have two vacancies for parent governors on the school's Governing Body and invite nominations from parents who are interested in contributing to the effective governance and continuing success of the school. 

The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher

The Governing Body is actively seeking to strengthen the skills within its membership and wishes to recruit and develop governors, who are able to work constructively in committees. 

Nominations are welcomed from parents and carers who are:

  • able to commit to attending regular meetings of the Governing Body and its sub-committees
  • able to use information from a variety of sources to inform decision making
  • confident in the use of data willing to undertake training as directed

Governing bodies need their members to have a broad range of skills and experience in order to equip them to work with senior leaders to move their schools forward

Further information about the Governing Body is available in the Governors Handbook 2017-2018

  • All parents, other than those employed at the school for more than 500 hours per year or who are elected members of the Local Authority, are eligible to stand for election. 
  • This includes any person who is not the natural parent but has parental responsibility for, or who has care of, a pupil registered at the school (Education Act 1996, Section 576).
  • Nominees must be proposed by a parent of a pupil registered at Durham Johnston School.
  • A parent may nominate his/her partner.
  • In the event we receive more nominations than there are vacancies, then a ballot will be held and voting forms will be sent out to parents.
  • If no nominations are received, the vacancy will be appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Please click on the following link for a copy of the Nomination Form.

Please note that the  deadline for receipt of completed and signed nomination forms is by close of business on Wednesday 6 December 2017.  We regret that we are unable to accept forms submitted after the deadline.

If any parent would like the opportunity of an informal discussion with the Headteacher please telephone the school.


GCSE Certificates

GCSE Certificates will be available for collection from 1st December 2017 between 9am and 3pm.  Students are responsible for arranging to collect their certificates as soon as possible.  The school is only required to store certificates for 1 year before they are returned to the examination boards. 

Students may either collect their certificates in person or authorise a representative (this could either be a family member of friend) to collect them on their behalf.  Students should provide their representative with a letter authorising them to pick up their certificates.

The school does not routinely post out certificates.  If there are any special circumstances that prevent students from collecting their certificates, they should write to the Examinations Officer requesting that their  certificates be posted out and enclose a fee of £4.00 to cover the cost of postage by recorded delivery.  Cheques should be made payable to Durham Johnston School.

GCSE certificates are important documents and should be stored safely as they will be required when moving into further or higher education or taking up employement.  Please note that the examination boards do not issue duplicate certificates.

Mrs Gillham, Examinations Officer


Year 8 Latin Students Success

Congratulations to Y8 Latin students Zoe Clark, Alex Latham, Eoin Nicholson, Amelia O'Brien and Edmund Smith who competed in the Northumberland & Durham Classical Association Schools Reading Competition, held at Newcastle Royal Grammar School on Saturday 26th November. There were a lot of competitors from schools across the region in the Beginners Latin section and all our students gave impressive performances, reading accurately, confidently and with expression. Special congratulations to Edmund Smith who was awarded Second Prize. We were proud to be representing the state sector amongst mainly independent schools.

We are very grateful to the parents who took time out of their weekends to enable the students to attend and to support them.

Mrs Bothwell, Languages Department



Christmas PJ Party

On Friday December 15th the House Team will host their first ever Christmas themed PJ party for Y7 & Y8!

What to expect…. Lots of fun of course, movies (Elf - obviously!), food, urban games, cheesy music and a jolly (sorry couldn’t resist) good time!

Letters have gone out this week – the permission slip and £10 need to be returned to Miss Forbes ASAP (no later than Monday 4th)

Christmas Party 2017

Miss Forbes and the House Team Leaders


Music Department Notices

Christmas Concert – Thursday 7th December

The concert has now sold out, however, people without tickets will be able to sit in the atrium and listen from there, with some limited, side-on view. If you have tickets which you no longer require, please return them to the Music Department for refund and these can then be sold to those on the waiting list.


Final Rehearsals

Tuesday 5th Dec

2.45 First Half Rehearsal  - please be prepared to stay until 4.00, if necessary.

This is for Wind Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir & Clarinets.


Wednesday 6th Dec

2.45 – Second Half Rehearsal - please be prepared to say until 4.00, if necessary.

This is for Senior Choir & Senior Orchestra


Thursday 7th Dec

12.15 Chamber Choir


The Concert

First Part

This starts at 6.30. All participating students need to be in school by 6.15 and please could all audience members be seated in James Hall by 6.25. If you also have a ticket for the second part, please also surrender your ticket for a second half programme to save you needing the leave the hall in the brief interval between parts one and two.


Second Part

 We will ask everyone that does not have a programme for the second part to vacate the hall at the end of the first part and then those with tickets for second part will be admitted in time for the second half to start around 7.30. Please could students who are performing in the second half be in school by 7.15.


Concert Dress

This is school uniform without jumpers or blazers as the hall gets rather warm. Tinsel and other festive adornments are welcome, as long as they don’t stop instruments working correctly.


Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Word of the Week



Ski Visit 2019

The details of the 2019 Ski trip are now available.  The trip this year is open to students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.

Letters and consent forms are available from Mrs Hopper in the PE Office.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Co-ordinator



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 Monday 4 December 2017

Sixth Form Societies


PE Department News

Last Friday our Intermediate boys cross-country team set off for London to compete in the English Schools National Finals in Sevenoaks, Kent on Saturday. After a restful night we travelled to Sevenoaks School to compete against the best 27 schools in the country. We produced an outstanding performance to finish 7th in the country. We were actually the second best non-selective school in the country. Sam Gibson finished in 11th place with Peter Cook close behind in 19th and Charlie Phillips in 36th. Well done also to the rest of the team: Ben Dowsett, Ollie Stewart and Joe Bennett.

On Monday our U19 basketball team started their English Schools campaign with a visit to St Aidan’s School, Harrogate. This was a great game which we controlled throughout, eventually winning by 12 points. Also on Monday our Year 9 and 10 netball teams were playing Durham High School A and B teams. They are always strong teams and we battled well before eventually losing two and winning one.

On Tuesday our Year 7 & 8 boys and girls' sportshall athletics teams were at DCBC competing in the Durham City round. Both our boys teams and Year 7 girls dominated the competition winning easily to qualify for the County finals. The Year 8 girls competition was much closer as we battled with a strong team from St Leonard’s. They were only a few points between the teams but unfortunately we finished in second place.

On Wednesday morning all our cross-country teams were at Framwellgate for the Area Championships. Despite the awful weather we produced some amazing performances. We are waiting for official results but it looks very likely we have won most of the team events. The highlight of the morning was the Junior Boys race which saw an incredible performance from our A and B teams. Durham Johnston runners finished in the top 10 places in the race and had 13 of the top 16 runners who now all qualify for the County Championships in January. We also had the first four finishers in the Inter boys race.

The year 7 girl's football team played their first game in the English Schools cup this week against Highfield Middle School. They played very well, showing that they could use the skills practised in football training to beat Highfield 2-0 and progress to the next round.

The Year 8 and 9 girls' football team played in the English Schools Cup on Wednesday against Cardinal Hume School. In freezing conditions the team fought on against this very strong team. At full time the score was 5-1 to Durham Johnston with goals from Sophie Miller (2), Ellie Reid and a poorly but undefeated Emily Salmon. The girls now proceed to the last 32 in the Country to play against Rounday School from Leeds.

The Year 9 and 10 football team ( Under 15) are already through to the last 16 in the country and are waiting to face either Hull or Leeds in the next round. Also on Wednesday our Year 10 boys were competing in the Tyneside Schools basketball tournament. We started with a comfortable 28 – 11 victory over Durham School and remained unbeaten to win the tournament with a 31 -11 victory against Biddick in our final match. They now go forward to the final after Christmas.

Our Year 11 rugby team were also due to be playing in the County finals on Wednesday but that event was postponed due to the poor weather.

On Thursday our Year 7 basketball team travelled to Sedgefield for the Bishop Auckland Schools tournament. A few late withdrawals meant we split our team into an A and B team. Our A team won all their games which meant they won the competition. Our B team had an exciting draw with Parkside to finish joint third.

Also last night our Year 7 and 8 netball teams were at home in league matches against Choristers School. Our Year 7’s won 15 – 1 with Sophia Hesselink voted player of the match and our Year 8’s also won 13 – 9 with captain Holly Jenkins player of the match.

Finally good luck tonight to our U14 basketball team who are at Dame Allan’s School taking part in their Tyneside Schools tournament and our Year 7 rugby team who are at Harton for a friendly festiva

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018


Extra Curricular Activities - Autumn Term 2017


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