Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

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DurhamJohnston 77% of students attained good passes in English and mathematics, with most subjects publishing an 85%+ pass rate.
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Great performance for GCSE students at Durham Johnston

Durham, 25th August 2016.

Once again students of all abilities at Durham Johnston have performed very well across a wide range of subjects. One in six of grades awarded is an A*, a third of all grades are either A* or A, and two thirds are A*-B. 77% of students attained good passes in English and mathematics, with most subjects publishing an 85%+ pass rate.

Headteacher, Dr Michael Wardle said, ‘We are so proud of our students. Behind these statistics are countless stories of success, sometimes against all the odds. Students worked incredibly hard and this hard work has brought them success.'

Yet another year of incredible A level success at the Johnston

Durham, 18th August 2016.

With three quarters of grades at A*-B and half at A*-A students at Durham Johnston once again performed beyond expectation and secured themselves places at universities up and down the country, including 16 either reading medicine or studying at Oxbridge.

Headteacher Dr Michael Wardle said 'This is another year of absolutely phenomenal results for our A level students. We don't take this for granted. The hard work of our exceptional students, the support from Johnston families and commitment of our fabulous staff combine to make this possible. To say I'm delighted doesn't come anywhere close. We are so proud of our students and wish them the best as they move on in their education

The Johnston community is rightly proud of all of its sixth formers, with students from all backgrounds performing very well indeed. Durham Johnston seeks to ensure that all of its students have high aspirations, attain well and are able to compete with the very best. Once again, students have risen to the challenges set before them.

Every year the Johnston sends over 150 students to university, apprenticeships or into the world of work.

Welcome to Durham Johnston. We are a happy, successful and dynamic school at a very exciting time in our history.


Academic excellence is our first priority. We work so that all our young people have the best education we can provide. We want Johnstonians to be confident and articulate, self-motivated and determined to succeed. We want them to enjoy and value learning for itself, not just as the means to an end.

Taking our responsibility as public servants very seriously, we seek to offer the benefits and advantages that confer success and prosperity by imparting knowledge and habits of mind to last a lifetime. We do not close doors to any child, but enable them all to have access to powerful knowledge and deep subject learning and useful skills. We educate our young people with excellence and equity so that they may feel at ease in the world, ready for hard work and global citizenship.

A commitment to social justice characterises this local authority comprehensive school. We work so that background is irrelevant to achievement and that aspiration is not limited by circumstance of birth. We want Johnstonians to be reflective, inquiring, tolerant, positive and respectful of the needs of others. We give opportunities for leadership and active citizenship.

We expect Johnstonians to have the highest standards of behaviour and we aim for our school to be a just and happy community so that our students understand how each person may be of service to society. Adults and young people alike share an ethic of hard work and public service. We want to be central to the life of Durham City and an educational force in the life of the communities we serve.

The global future we seek for our young people is one where their curriculum and learning equips them with the knowledge and skills to compete globally. We want Johnstonians to take their place among the best.

We are committed to a curriculum built on the concepts and knowledge which will open all the doors in the world to our young people. The learning of languages enables global community cohesion, international understanding and equality of opportunity: it is central to our purpose.

Above all of that, we know that most of our young people like it here and do well.

We hope that you find what you’d like to know on our website. Please contact us at any time if you’d like additional information, or if you’d like to come and see us.