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Dates For Your Diary

  • 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, 6.00 to 9.00 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, 

What a wonderful evening last night at the Christmas concert.  Every year I am astounded not only by the range of instruments and genres, I am so impressed that so many of our young people are involved.  So many, that we need to have two halves to fit them and their supporters in!  Combine this with all of the sporting triumphs seen at the annual presentation evening, and the myriad of events advertised in the bulletin makes me very proud of our staff and our students.  

There are now only nine school days before Christmas, and there will be very many other activities during the coming days.  I am looking forward to wearing my Christmas jumper although I am not looking forward to finding where I put it when I packed Christmas away last year! 

Enjoy reading about all the events that are happening. 

Have a good weekend

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher 


Carol Service 2017

Our annual carol service will take place in Durham Cathedral on the last day of term.  All students will attend the carol service with the exception of Year 11 students who will remain in school after a short break for lunch and will then attend two sessions on career choices, apprenticeships and the world of work led by school staff, external specialists and professionals.

Please click on the following links for copies of the letters detailing arrangements for Thursday 21 December.

Cathedral Service Arrangements: 

Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 

Year 11


Christmas Jumper Day

We will be holding a Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 14 December to raise funds in support of Save the Children and Willowburn Hospice.

If students wish to participate, a donation of £1.00 is requested.  They do not have to purchase a CHristmas jumper, but can wear a jumper with a Christmas colour theme, or a jumper decorated with festive decorations.  Please note that with the exception of a Christmas jumper, school uniform should be worn as usual.  For further information please click on the link below.

Christmas Jumper Day



Durham Johnston Digital Leaders


We are looking for the next set of Durham Johnston Digital Leaders.  https://durhamjohnston-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/b_garside_durhamjohnston_org_uk/ERXqbgZ0jtdDllkW8jIvkwMBUfE_ZePuYvA15FYbxklvZA

Being a digital leader at Durham Johnston means:

•       Promoting new technologies

•       Helping run/supporting coding clubs

•       Be a supporter of staying safe online and help us to promote Online Safety

•       Being a role model by having a “can do” attitude

•       Have ideas for digital initiatives that we could run in school

What we will do for you

As a digital leader you will be provided with specialist training from us as well as IT professionals in the area. You will also have the opportunity to go on a visit to Newcastle University and be first in line to take part in any other digital technologies we have to use (last year this included a visit from Google and use of the Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus Rift)

How to apply

Writing to Mr Garside, Miss Forbes, Mr Digby and Rachel Ivory (Head Digital Leader) and telling us:

•       How would you use a Micro:bit to help students learn how to code?

•       What do you think is the biggest online threat to young people and what can Digital Leaders to do improve or help with this issue?

•       What can we do to encourage more girls to code?

Deadline:  Wednesday 13th December


Social Coding

This week in social coding, the students got their hands on a BBC Microbit and learnt how to convert their algorithms into code that was then put on to a physical device.

Congratulations to Amelia O'Brian who is the winner of our first ever 'Coder of the Week' trophy.

Mr Garside, Mr Digby, Miss Forbes, Computing Department

Santa Run 2017

We will be holding our annual Santa Run in aid of St Cuthbert's Hospice.  The event will take place on Friday 15 December during period 5.  Pupils in years 7 and 8 will complete approximately 1 mile.  The condition is that they pay a £1.00 contribution which will go directly to St Cuthbert's Hospice Durham and they must wear 'Christmas Themed' fancy dress - the minimum being a Santa hat.

All children who meet the above conditions, and behave in an appropriate manner will be eligible to run and take part in this fun charity event.  We are hoping to have local media coverage again this year.

If a pupil does not participate, they must bring all of their equipment required for their lesson during period 5 as normal.  It this happens to be PE then they should bring PE kit for an outdoor lesson.

We would welcome your support in this.  The children will get changed for the run during the last lesson of the day.  We stress that the res of the day lesson will be as normal and students should, as always, bring with them the appropriate equipment for all their lessons for that day.

Mrs Bell, PE Department


Music Department Notices


Christmas Concert

Many thanks to all the pupils and staff who worked so hard to make last night’s concert such a festive success. It really was a marvellous evening and it was amazing to see over the course of the evening in excess of 200 pupils performing the music which they had been working on for much of this term. The hall was full for both evenings and the department has been delighted to receive many favourable comments already about the event.


Carol Service

Copies of a letter which gives parental permission for pupils to attend the necessary rehearsals in the Cathedral on the morning of the service have been distributed to all pupils in Senior Choir and Senior Orchestra. If you haven’t yet signed and returned the slip at the foot of the letter or have misplaced the letter, please click on the links to download a copy of the letter appropriate for the year group of your child.

 Carol_Service_Permission_Letter_Year_7-8_               Carol_Service_Permission_Letter_Year_9-13

Please do note that pupils in Junior Choir will be singing in the service, but they will not be attending the morning rehearsal, but will travel to the Cathedral with the rest of the school.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Word of the Week




House System News

   Angel Tree Appeal

We are truly overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of our young people.  As our house reps laid the presents under the tree it was wonderful to see the care and thought that had gone into buying them.  It truly is magical to know that we will help a family this Christmas.



The Salvation Army will distribute the gifts to children in our local community (a small selection of the gifts can be seen in the photograph below – we literally couldn’t fit them all in!).

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

To see how many points each House has to date, please click on the following link House Points 2017-2018 .

Miss Forbes & The House Leaders 


Ski Visit 2019

First instalments for those students who have signed up for the ski-ing visit in 2019 are due on Friday 15 December. 

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 11 December 2017

Sixth Form Societies


PE Department News

Excellent news from last Friday as our U14 basketball team beat Dame Allan’s and RGS to win the first round of the Tyneside Cup. They now go on to the finals after Christmas.

On Tuesday our U14 and U16 basketball teams were at home against Boroughbridge in English Schools games. We played well in both games winning 49 – 14 and 65 – 43 to remain top of the group for both teams.

Also on Tuesday our Year 10 football team were playing Carmel in the quarter-final of the County Cup. This was an excellent game in which we took a 3 – 0 lead. Carmel increased the pressure in the second half bringing the game back to 3 – 2. However we hung on to win 3 – 2 and reach the semi – final. They have now reached both county cup semi-finals – an excellent achievement.

To complete a busy Tuesday our U13 girls cricket team were taking on St Leonard’s and Framwellgate in the indoor league. We played Framwellgate first and secured a comfortable victory, another victory against St Leonard’s saw us win the competition

On Wednesday our U19 basketball team were in York taking on Fulford College in the English Schools competition. This was an outstanding game which we appeared to have won, as we had an 11 point lead with only 3 minutes to play. However Fulford never gave up and scored a three-point shot with 20 seconds left to level the game at 66 – 66. We then played 5 minutes extra-time which we dominated going on to win 81 – 73.

Also on Wednesday our Year 9 rugby team were at Harton for a friendly tournament. Against three very strong teams they battled well, securing some more valuable match practice in preparation for the County Finals after Christmas.

On Thursday our Year 11 basketball team were competing in the Tyneside Cup 1st round. Durham School had to withdraw so we took on Emmanuel College for a place in the finals. We started well and dominated the game winning 89 – 11.

Good luck this afternoon to our U14 girls football team who are playing Roundhay School, Leeds in the English Schools cup and our Year 7 girls football team who are competing in the Bishop Auckland Schools 5-a-side competition.

Finally can I thank Copeland Residential Sales and Lettings a local sales, lettings and property management firm who have kindly sponsored a new basketball kit for the school – worn by our U14 team below.




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