27th September 2019 So, I’d Like to Know Where, You Got Your Goats From

In early August we were approximately two thirds of the way through a (very) long journey from Durham to Vannes in Brittany. We chose to vary the music played in the car as much as possible out of a sense of fairness and to avoid squabbling. The shuffle function is a wonderful thing and, stuck in…

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13th September 2019 - Northern Exposure

At the start of the summer holidays, I visited Berwick-Upon-Tweed. I have passed through on the way to Scotland on numerous occasions, but have never spent time in the town. One of my oldest friends and colleagues is from Berwick and we decided to spend a day visiting the touring Turner…

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6th September 2019 - Headmaster Storey’s Clock Returns

Dr. Christopher Storey was Headmaster of Durham Johnston between 1942 and 1951. Born in Newcastle, he studied French at Durham University, before going on to complete a P.H.D at the University of Strasbourg. He taught in London, before moving back to the North East to become Durham Johnston’s…

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6th September 2019 - A New Year, the New Deal

The start of any new school year is always approached by students with a combination of excitement and trepidation. Therefore, it is important to note that we have had a very good start to the new school year. I would like to welcome back all of our returning students and their families. Equally,…

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14th June 2019- The Books That You Read As A Child Stay With You Forever

2 + 2 = ?

 

We have been discussing whole school literacy and oracy recently and thinking about how we can best encourage students to read for pleasure and to be confident talking about their different subjects in class. If you think back to your own time at school, you will have had…

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24th May 2019 - When It’s Done And All This Has Gone, Find A Feeling, Pass It On

The image above is from 1966 and it is the only photograph I have of my parents before they got married. In the picture my Dad is 18 and my mother is 16 and they seem completely oblivious to anything other than each other. My parents were married later that year and we gave them a framed copy of…

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10th May 2019 - 5 Years, What A Surprise

Year 11 have had a wonderful last day at the school and we will miss them. Five years has passed very quickly. Below are my comments from the Year Book that Mr Weaver and a dedicated group of Year 11 students worked tirelessly to produce. 

I have a vivid memory you arriving as year 7 students…

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3rd May 2019 What is the true cost of education?

If your wages decreased by 8% in real terms, what could you no longer afford to buy?

 

I was very fortunate to be appointed as Head Teacher of Durham Johnston in February. The interview process was very robust and I was asked a large number of challenging questions by governors, students and…

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29th March 2019 Ranking Full Stop

I have been writing for the Friday Bulletin for 15 months now and recently uploaded a large number of those short articles onto the new school website. I hadn’t expected any themes to emerge, other than the obvious references to different aspects of school life.  However, a theme does emerge when…

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22nd March 2019 Love hasn't got the world in motion

I got home from school on Tuesday and chose to post a number of things online. Ongoing issues regarding Brexit provoked my first tweet. I had watched an interview on the news with a member of the Cabinet, who was criticising John Bercow’s actions on a third meaningful vote. I found the MPs…

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15th March 2019 Engage the World, Change the World and the Prevalence of Twits

“Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.”

 

There is a whole industry dedicated to training and ‘developing’ newly appointed Headteachers. There are also a range of educational issues that you are compelled to have some form of opinion on, even if you feel…

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8th March 2019 Everything Changes and Nothing Changes

Jimmy Sime took the above photograph at the Harrow V. Eton annual cricket match in 1937. If you have seen it before, it was probably being used as form of symbolic short hand for Britain’s long standing issues regarding social class. I have read articles that use the image on subjects relating to…

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