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The Johnson Group

​​​​The Johnson Group exists to encourage and support students to follow their dreams for the future, whatever they may be. Open to all, it is aimed at those who intend to apply for competitive courses at prestigious universities and those who need to be encouraged to aim high. The group formalises and extends the existing support and guidance given to our students.

We offer specific guidance on how to apply for particular courses, but more than that, we offer opportunities to have wider educational, cultural and philosophical experiences outside the confines of the A Level curriculum. These experiences are designed to stretch minds and open up new possibilities.

Our regular Friday lunchtime meetings give students the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers in an aspirational atmosphere where students are informed of opportunities and feed back on experiences they’ve had. Each week there is a specific theme - often a talk delivered by an outside speaker.

This regular contact is very important and is backed up by our Facebook page which students, parents and teachers are invited to like. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of various opportunities to visit new places and try new things, such as applying for external courses: university summer schools, shadowing schemes and subject-specific courses such as MedLink.

Events week beginning 18/09/2017

There are three events on this week:

Monday lunchtime, 12.30-1pm in the lecture theatre we have the first heat of University Challenge, the teams competing are 12SW (Mr Wright’s) against 12ASC (Mr Stacey-Chapman).

On Wednesday, 1.15-2.45pm in the lecture theatre we have a talk about medicine and the application process for year 11 and 12s.

Further ahead, the historian David Starkey is visiting the Forum on Thursday 28th September to give a talk, ‘Henry VIII The First Brexiteer’ the talk starts at 7.30pm but David has kindly agreed to meet with students for an informal chat from 6.15pm at the Forum beforehand. Tickets are £16 for adults, £14 for children, letters available from Mr Stacey-Chapman. Tickets are limited so move fast if you want them, all welcome – students, staff, parents.


What the students say

"The skills I learnt in discussion group are skills that will stay with me for the rest of my life."
Thea Crocker, Year 12 student

"I like that the Johnson Group forces me to think from other perspectives and challenges my own."
Joel Everett, Year 12 student

"I think the Johnson Group gives people the opportunity to discover and persue other options for their careers and interests."
Sam Harris, Year 12 student

​"Listening to speakers talk about what they do is incredibly valuable. It really opens your eyes to new possibilities."
Alex Vayro, Year 12 student

For further information come along to an event (see calendar) or contact Miss Cox - email:

Medical School

Invitation letter to attend interview practice.pdf

Mini Medical School Teesside Programme 2017 (2).pdf