Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

Our motto sapere aude sums up what we offer in the sixth form: education with added daring to make you the best you can be! Our A level courses are traditional, excellent and, very successfully, add value to your qualifications. We focus on these courses as we know they are those most recognised and sought after by universities and employers.

Our results at A level are almost always the best or nearly the best for any state school in the region, but our value-added puts our achievements in the top few schools nationally. Our 2017 results were identified as one of the top five schools and colleges by Learning Plus UK for student progress between GCSE and A level.
For details of this go to https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/

Ofsted said:

"The Sixth Form is Outstanding... because the quality of teaching ... is outstanding.  This means that students make excellent progress in all aspects of their learning, are happy, confident and have high ambitions for themselves.".

We welcome students from a wide range of schools across the North East, to join the 60% or so of our year eleven students who stay on.

How do we do it?

Our reputation is built on the firm foundations of high quality teaching, careful monitoring of each student's needs and strong pastoral support.

Every Sixth Form student at Durham Johnston has

  • An individually negotiated time table
  • A well-planned programme of academic work
  • Built-in development of study skills in all courses
  • Guidance and careers advice
  • The opportunity for work experience
  • Links with employers and higher education
  • Opportunities for physical recreation and community service
  • The opportunity to learn new foreign languages
  • An entitlement to continuing personal development

When you are in the sixth form you need to achieve the best you can so that the right platform is built for the future. The outstanding achievements of Durham Johnston sixth formers, both at school and after they leave, are testaments to their commitment and our education.