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The latest developments regarding COVID-19, and information on learning from home.

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Discover more about King James I Academy including Ofsted inspection reports, Bus Timetables, Uniform requirements and details surrounding the School Day.

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Learn all about our Sixth Form here at King James I Academy.

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Year 6 Transition

As we are all aware, things are very different this year but we know how important transition activities are to a smooth start to Year 7.

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Our Vision Statement

Welcome to King James I Academy and thank you for taking the time to visit our website where you will find out about the exciting things that are happening within the Academy 

In 2022 we will continue to build upon our many successes and we look forward to another exciting and inspiring year filled with opportunities to learn and grow.  We are over-subscribed for the fourth year running and will be again in September 2022, meaning that we can provide the King James experience to as many young people as possible. 

At King James, we pride ourselves on the quality and breadth of the curriculum we offer and we employ specialist teaching staff to ensure that all of our children are well cared for, supported and academically challenged.  We are keen to work in close

partnership with our parents and we work hard to ensure that our students enjoy and succeed in all aspects of their education. 

We are an inclusive school and we employ a large number of highly skilled support staff who are available to help all of our students to prosper.  From our Student Support Workers who provide day to day support to students to our Learning Support team we are a caring school.  We also employ a School Counsellor and have access to external support staff who help students to be prepared and able to learn. 

Our International School Award reflects our belief in learning beyond the classroom and our Vision Magazine celebrates the variety we offer and the many achievements of our students. Whilst international visits have been affected by the pandemic, we are keen to reinstate these as soon as it is safe to do so.

King James I Community works closely in partnership with our local schools and the local community to provide a venue for a large range of community-led educational and leisure activities including supporting Roots (a local performing arts group), hosting Bishop Auckland Juniors football club and working closely with Shildon AFC.

Our children take part in a range of activities beyond the school day and there is a seamless connection between the school and community activities which take place on the Academy site.  Students benefit from an Enrichment period at the end of every day, other than Friday, that provides them with the opportunity to develop new interests and to extend their learning. 

King James offers a wealth of opportunities, which help our students to thrive and achieve excellent outcomes and

which help us to provide "learning to inspire".

Should you require a copy of Vision or any further information then please access information via the website or contact the Main Reception on 01388-603388, or if you are interested in visiting King James then please do not hesitate to make personal contact with me. 

Best wishes.

Simon Whitehead




Latest News...

Outstanding bistro-style food for Year 11 exam

Corridors near our Food Department have been full of delicious cooking smells this week as Year 11 students have been working on their practical exams.

Byron qualifies for cross-country championship

Year 7 athlete, Byron C is celebrating success after qualifying for the County Cross Country Championship in January 2022.

Helping our local Food Bank charities

Throughout the month of November we will be collecting non-perishable food items to help local families in need as Christmas approaches.

Erupting volcanoes in Year 7 Science Club

Year 7 students have been taking part in a range of fun experiments at Science Enrichment Club every Wednesday and this half term the project has been volcanoes!

Creative News Production in Media Studies

Year 14 Media Studies students are currently working on a range of TV news programmes aimed at children and young people as the target audience.

Prison, Me, No Way!

Year 9 students have taken part in a Crime and Safety Awareness Day run by the charity, 'Prison, Me, No Way!' which works with young people in secondary schools across the UK to raise awareness about the causes and impact of crime.

Over 700 visitors at Year 6 Open Evening

This week we welcomed over 700 visitors to our annual Year 6 Open Evening where local families took part in guided tours and a range of fun activities.

£400 raised for Macmillan Cancer

Students and staff at King James I Academy have raised over £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning event 2021. This is just one of the many charities that the Academy chooses to support each year.