Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

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Dates For Your Diary

  • Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 15 January, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • GSCE Mock Examinations - Monday 22 January unil Monday 5 February
  • 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 8.00 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 Thursday 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,

As a history teacher at Durham Johnston it is always obvious that you have returned to school in January when, walking along the corridors, vigilant but thinking of tea, you are accosted by inquisitive 6th form students.

“Excuse me sir, how many economics ministers did Louis XVI have between 1774 and 1789?”

And, “Sir, in class the source that we used claimed that Louis XVI was welcomed by the people of Paris on 17th July 1789, but I read today that he was jeered by the mob. Which is accurate?”

This desire for more detailed knowledge is a common feature of school life in January as our older students gear up for mock exams.

January is a month that provokes this type of questioning; students look back at what they have achieved and consider what might be significant in the coming year. This is a normal part of adult life, but is something that young people develop gradually. In a world in which information can be immediately accessed and then forgotten, we encourage our students to believe that the patient acquisition of knowledge is important, essential even, to their development and success. For many of our older students this is something that they become increasingly aware of in January, as the academic year moves towards exams. As my inquisitive 6th formers would know, January probably provoked a period of questioning for Louis XVI too; he was publically guillotined on 21st January 1793.

I taught the French Revolution to year 12 students on my first day as a newly qualified teacher at Durham Johnston in September 1997. On Monday morning I discussed the key causes of the Revolution with my year 12 class, but this time as acting Headteacher. I am very proud to have been given that responsibility and will work hard to maintain the school’s high standards until Dr Wardle returns. In simple terms, if increasing numbers of students feel motivated enough to engage in discussion with their teachers in the year ahead, then the school will continue to do well. 

Mr O'Sullivan



Parent Governor Vacancy

The school has a vacancy for one parent governor on the Governing Body and we invite nominations from parents who are interested in contributing to the effective governance and continuing success of the school.

Please click on the following links for a copy of the letter and the nomination form.  

Letter to parents and carers         

Nomination Form

The deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms is by close of business on Friday 19th January.



GCSE Mock Examinations 

GCSE Mock Examinations will take from the 22nd January to 5 February.  

Please click on the following link for general information regarding the examinations.

GCSE Mock Examinations Spring Term 2018

Year 11 students were provided with a personal examination timetable during form period on Wednesday.


Introduction to British Sign Language Course

The first session of an 8-week course Introduction to British Sign Language Enrichment started this evening after school.  There are still some places left on the course.  Students who are interested should contact Ms Clay to sign up to attend next week's session which will take place at 2.45, Science 4.  A voluntary contribution of £40.00 is invited.

Introduction to British Sign Language Enrichment Course

Ms Clay, Science 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 15 January 2018 


Sixth Form Societies



Head Student Team  for 2018

We are pleased to announce that the following students have been elected by their peers and will serve a one-year term of office until December 2018.

Head Students:  Sophie Garnett and Beth Neil

Deputy Head Students: Elise Goddard and Oscar Jelley.


PE Department News

A very successful start to the New Year with badminton and basketball success this week.

On Tuesday our Key Stage 3 boys and girls badminton teams were at Maiden Castle competing in the Area finals. Our boys dominated the opposition winning all their matches 5 – 0 to become champions. It was a closer competition for the girls however a victory over Framwellgate in our final match saw the girls join the boys as champions. Both teams now go on to the County finals next month.

It was the turn of the Key Stage 4 teams on Thursday. This time it was our girls who dominated the opposition to win all their matches to become champions. The boys competition was outstanding and ended up as a tie between ourselves and St Leonard’s. The number of games won then had to be counted and we had won one more game to complete a clean sweep of all four titles.

Also on Thursday our U19 basketball team travelled to Sheffield to take on Silverdale School in the English Schools Cup. We started slowly but took control towards the end of the first quarter. We had a 18 point lead at half-time and despite conceding a few late baskets won an excellent game 73 – 63. We remain top of the North-east group with only one game to go.

Good luck this afternoon to our Year 7 girl's football team who are in Ponteland taking on Richard Coates School in the English Schools Cup and our Year 10 rugby team who are at home against Emmanuel College in the Tyneside Cup.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



Futsal is a five-a-side game which is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce.  It is an exciting, fast-paced game which is played across the world and is officialy recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

Before Christmas the we were delighted to receive funding for a Futsal starter pack, including goals, bibs and balls from the Football Foundation worth over £1,000.
Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach commented,  'A big well done Durham Johnston for securing a Futsal starter pack - they have a bright future ahead of them now!  We want to get more people playing the sport for the love of it and who knows; perhaps we will see some future international players unearthed as a result.  Futsal is growing all the time and the FA, with the help of the Football Foundation, is dedicated to increasing its importance and popularity further for all.'
As part of the funding, we were lucky enough to receive Futsal coaching from Durham Futsal Club and a number of boys were selected for a regional trial.
Fergus Hawes in year 13 was talent spotted in the first training session and has since played in his first match. Durham Futsal Club's Head Coach, Chris Sewell commented 'After one training session Fergus made his debut on Sunday the 17th December, playing against Billingham Town Futsal Club.  Not only did Fergus conduct himself in an impeccable manner, he also performed exceedingly well, scoring a hat trick, helping us to an 8-1 victory'.
Mr Kidd, PE Department

Tall Ships 2018

Congratulations to Sam Brunton in year 10 who is one of 12 young people aged between 14 - 25 from County Durham Scouts and Explorers, who have been selected to complete in the Tall Ships Race 2018.

The race departs from Sunderland in July and the young people will experience a once in a lifetime adventure, sailing from Norway to Holland aboard the James Cook vessel, supported by a crew of 6.

A marvellous opportunity!



Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018


Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular Activities - Spring Term 2018


Holiday and Term Dates 

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

School Holiday and Term Dates