Designs for a £25m school campus which will solve its split-site headaches have been unveiled.
The school should be completed by the end of 2008
The 1,450-pupil Durham Johnston School is currently divided over two sites several miles apart and the condition of the buildings is deteriorating.
The new school will be built at the upper school at Crossgate Moor, near Neville's Cross.
Its redevelopment will be the first in Durham County Council's Building Schools for the Future programme.
Headteacher Carolyn Roberts said: "We're very excited about the proposals - being together on one site will be a huge improvement in itself.
"We are going to have a purpose-built, imaginative, high-quality educational environment which will meet the needs of the widest possible range of people and become a landmark educational building for the city.
"The current school buildings, besides being over two miles apart, are deteriorating, have outgrown their purpose and are simply no longer relevant to modern educational needs."
The designs were shown for the first time at an open event for parents, carers and residents this week.
Further open events will be held later this month and in October. The school is due to be completed by the end of 2008.