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Dates for your Diary

  • Music for a Summer Evening, Friday 6 July, 7.00 p.m. 
  • UCAS Higher Education Application and Finance Talk for Year 12 parents, Tuesday 10th July 6-7pm
  • Drama production, The Lion King - Thursday 12 July at 6.00 p.m. in James Hall
  • School breaks for the summer holidays - Friday 20th July
  • AS/A Level Results Day - Thursday 16 August 2018  (A level - 8.00 a.m and AS - 10.00 a.m.)
  • GCSE Results Day - Thursday 23 August - 10.00 a.m.
  • School re-opens for the academic year 2018-2019,  Wednesday 5 September 2018


Head's Letter to Parents

We are reaching the end of another busy and successful year at Durham Johnston. This is reflected at this time of year in various ways. In the final four weeks of term the following have taken place or are scheduled to do so: public speaking and music competitions; the sports presentation and KS3 celebration evenings; Visits to New College and Parliament; the school World Cup and induction days for Year 6 and 12; a performance of the Lion King and the Year 11 Prom; The A Level Art Exhibition and enterprise career days; a lecture on Trump’s America and a Year 6 music event, based around the Beatles ‘ ‘Yellow Submarine.’ 6thform students have been to Oxford and Cambridge. There are visits scheduled for the battlefields of France and Belgium: Pompeii, Sorrento and Herculaneum; Nepal, Malaga and Austria. We have a huge range of activities planned for enrichment week.

Good schools are measured in a number of ways, but in terms of extra curricular opportunities this has been a very successful year. Our teachers give their time in a variety of ways outside the classroom and it is wonderful when that commitment is acknowledged.  I will be writing to all parents next week about some changes taking place at the school and our plans for 2018-19.

Mr O’Sullivan  


GCSE and A Level Results 2018

Please see below the publication dates for GCSE and A Level examination results, and the times they will be available for collection in school.

A level and AS examination results will be published on Thursday 16 August.  

  • A level results will be available in school from 8.00 a.m.
  • AS results from 10.00 a.m.

GCSE examination results will be published on Thursday 23 August 2017

GCSE results will be available in school from 10.00 a.m.

May we take the opportunity to remind students and parents that for reasons of security the school is not able to give out examinations results by email or telephone.

If for any reason you are unable to collect your results in person you may either:

  • Leave an A5 stamped addressed envelope with Ms Gillham, Examinations Officer
  • Authorise a representative to collect the results on your behalf. The person you nominate must bring a letter signed by you before the results released.  



Mathematics Challenge Session

On 12th June 2018 seven of our Year 7 and 8 students took part in the Junior Kangaroo competition.  They earned the right to participate with an excellent performance on the earlier Junior Mathematics Challenge.  All of our entrants did well, with three winning a certificate of merit.  Extra congratulations are extended to John Phillips for achieving the highest score in school. 

Also on 12th June 2018 three of our Year 8 students took part in the Junior Mathematics Olympiad, having earned the right to compete with an outstanding performance in the earlier Junior Maths Challenge.  Congratulations to Raymond Geng, Thomas Johnson and Alina Krokhina, who all won a certificate of merit.

Mr Patterson, Mathematics Department



Word of the Week




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 -  Monday 9 July 2018




Music Notices

11th Annual School Music Festival

Congratulations to all finalists who performed in the 2018 School Music Festival. Our adjudicator for the evening was Mr Alex Lewis, who was a former pupil here at Johnston School and now currently works for North Tyneside Music Education Hub and as a free-lance trumpeter. We were all very grateful for his encouraging and positive comments. It was a lovely evening and it was a pleasure to hear so many pupils perform their carefully prepared solo repertoire. Many thanks to all parents and colleagues who also supported the event. The results were as follows.


The Whinney Hill Cup

Whinney Hill Cup – grades 1-3


Most Promising – Joshua Rowe

Runners up – Gen Cole and Eleanor Norton

Winner – Eve Lindsey


The Crossgate Moor Cup

Crossgate Moor Cup – grades 4-5


Most Promising – Luke Bradley

Runner up – Any Wren

Winner – James Tozer


The Durham Johnston Cup

Durham Johnston Cup

Most Promising – Roberto Haubold

Runners up – Joe Sollis and Andrew Whitton

Winner – Joshua Erlebach



Durham Music Service Summer Serenade

Many of our more advanced musicians, including Felix Collins (as a soloiston guitar) will be performing in a concert at Elvet Methodist Church on the evening of Thursday 12th July. For more details please follow this link. 

Summer Serenade

Mr Holmes – Subject leader for Music


Drama Notices

The Lion King

An adaptation of The Lion King will be performed on Thursday 12 July at 6.00 p.m. in James Hall.

Tickets are available on the door:   Adults £3.00 (Concessions £1.50)

  1. Participating students may leave school at 2.45 p.m.as there is no rehearsal after school.  Alternatively, they can remain in school with one of the members of staff who will be on site.
  2. Students will need to return to school for 5.15 p.m. at the very latest so that they can get into costume and for makeup and warm up.  Students who are wearing their own costumes can arrive and leave wearing their costumes.
  3. The performance includes an interval and the estimated finish time will be between 7.30 and 7.45 p.m.
  4.  Please note that the school policy has been revised in the light of GDPR regulations, and therefore photography or recording during this performance is not permitted.              

Miss Ayrey, Subject Leader for Drama


DJ World Cup

World Cup fever has continued with tye Year 9 Competition at Durham Johnston this week.  Each house has been chosen to represent a country and play fixtures against the other houses.

After 3 very close matches in the group stages, this meant that Portugal would play Serbia for 3rd and 4th place and Panama would play France in the 1st and 2nd place final anto become the Year 9 house football champions.




Portugal unfortunately were the unlucky team and finished in 4th overall place, earning 25 house points for Heaviside.  Serbia were victorious and earned 50 house points for Kenny.

Today in the Year 9 final,  France fourght a very close game with Panama and were 1-1 after 30 minutes, resulting in a penalty shootout.   Panama scored all five penalties and were victorious, earning 100 house points for Wakenshaw.   France came runners up and won 75 house points for Annand.




The Year 10 competition begins on Monday 9 July.

Mr J Kidd, PE Department


PE Department News

On Monday our Year 8 cricket team were at Beamish CC taking on St Leonard’s in the semi-final of the Tyneside Cup. We batted first and scored an impressive 100 runs in our 20 overs. St Leonard’s started well but we kept taking wickets to keep the pressure on them. We eventually bowled them out for 86 runs to reach the final which takes place next Thursday against Whickham.

On Tuesday our Year 7 athletics teams travelled to Monkton for the final competition of the year – a Miniathlon where each athlete does three events. It was a very successful day as our A team won the competition and our B team finished in 5th place. Congratulations to Tom Pfetscher who finished 2nd and Lucy Pinkney who finished 3rd.

On Wednesday the tennis season came to an end as our U15 boys and girls tennis teams were at David Lloyd, Middlesbrough for the north-east play-offs. After an excellent day of tennis both teams finished runners-up to very strong teams from Yarm – leaving us as the best state school in the north-east. Our boys B team also were playing in the league play-off against Yarm. This was an extremely close match which finished 3 – 3. It went to a tie-break shoot-out which we lost to also finish runners-up.

Good luck tomorrow to our girls cricket team, girls football team and mountain biking teams who are all at Barnard Castle School competing in the Durham County Summer Games. Also good luck to our Year 8 cricket team who travel to Barnsley on Monday for the Northern regional “Chance to Shine” competition.

Final preparations are now underway for our 24th Annual Sports Presentation Evening which is taking place on Wednesday at Ramside Hall. Please can I inform everyone that if England win tomorrow then the presentation will start at 5.30pm, instead of 7.00pm. We will then present the majority of awards before the kick-off at 7.00pm. The final awards will be presented at half-time. The PE department are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the evening which is always a great night.  



Term and holiday dates 2018-2020

School Holiday and Term Dates 2018 - 2020