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Dear Parent/Carer

We would like to welcome new parents/carers to St John's as well as those of you who already have children attending the school. Over the summer we celebrated fantastic exam results with our Year 11 students achieving 87% 5 or more A*-C grades and 68% including Maths and English. Our A levels results were also the best ever with 35% achieving A*and A grades. These students are now preparing to take up their places at university.

Year 6 pupils and their families are warmly invited to our Open Evening.

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that school will close for the summer break on Friday, 22 July at 1.30 pm, when the usual buses and taxis will arrive to take students home. Friday, 22 July will be a non-uniform day and we are asking for a minimum contribution of ?1.00, to go to the Year Charity, from those students wishing to come in their own clothes.

St John's has arranged for Uniform Evenings to take place to enable students to try on items and to buy blazers, ties, tank-tops, jumpers and skirts (if requested). Trousers and shirts will not be on sale as these items may be purchased from local shops at very reasonable prices.

The evenings have been arranged for the following dates in the Fred Wilson Community Hall:

  3.30pm - 7.00pm on Tuesday 19th July 2011

  3.30pm - 7.00pm on Wednesday 20th July 2011

Dear parent/carer,

Following our letter last week regarding the forthcoming industrial action, I am writing to inform you that:

The school will be open to students in Year 12 but closed to students in Years 7-10 on Thursday 30 June 2011

Dear Parent/Carer

In June 2010, schools deemed by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding' were invited to become Academies. Since that time, the Governors of St John's have been investigating what the implications of this would be for our school, as well as keeping abreast of national developments. Our intention throughout has been to understand the process, benefits and possible drawbacks of this change in status.

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been informed by the ATL and NUT unions that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on 30 June 2011.

This action is not against the school itself but is part of national industrial action organised by these trades unions about changes to the pensions schemes of their members.

Dear students,

I thought it might be useful to remind you of the arrangements for our Prom, which we are celebrating at Redworth Hall on the 1st July 2011, from 7.30pm until 11.30pm.

Dear Parent / Carer

Uniform for September 2011

In order to plan for the new academic year we would like to remind you of the uniform that is required for students in Years 7 - 11:

Uniform Item



Once again students from St John's have won an annual Engineering Challenge organised by South Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Forum.

16 students from Year 9, spent 12 weeks in after-school sessions in preparation for the Grand Final on Wednesday 9 February 2011.


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