Academy Life

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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All the latest news and developments from King James I Academy

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Find out what's happening at King James I Academy with the school calendar.

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Information for our students, including bus times, uniform, timetable information and Student Support.

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Vision Magazine

Click here to download the latest issue of Vision Magazine.

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Find out about our Careers Programme.

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Sixth Form

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

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Discover what's on at our Community Centre.

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Learn about our academy's safeguarding team, make a referral or read our key policies.

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Information for parents of students attending or thinking about attending our school.

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Photographs of life at King James.

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Contact Us

Contact Details such as Address, Telephone Numbers, Email Addresses and Points of Contact within the Academy.

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Year 6 Transition

This year we can return to our full transition programme to ensure 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...

Coming soon ... Girl's Sixth Form Football Academy

We are delighted to announce an exciting new opportunity for female footballers launching in September 2023.

Coming soon... Children's Mental Health Week

From 6th - 12th February we will be supporting Place2Be's Children's Mental Health Week in school with a variety of themed activities.

First Aid training for Sixth Form students

Sixth Form students on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in PE and Sport have been successful in achieving a Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

Creative revision strategies after school

Year 11 GCSE Religious Studies students and their carers have recently taken part in a revision session to look at creative ways to prepare for their forthcoming exams.

Supporting The Angel Trust at Christmas

Students and staff at King James I Academy have been fundraising to support the work of the Angel Trust this Christmas, and have made donations to both the charity’s food bank and the Christmas Toy Appeal.

Cinema trip for Media students

Media Studies students in Years 10-14 have enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see The Railway Children Return as part of the Into Film Festival 2022.

Year 6 competition winner collects Amazon tablet

At our recent Year 6 Open Evening event, hundreds of children entered a competition to win a brand new Amazon tablet, and today the winner came to King James to collect his prize from Mr Whitehead, our Headteacher.

Students enjoy a range of lunchtime clubs

Students in all year groups are able to take part in a wide range of lunch time clubs and the choice is set to grow as the weather gets colder and activities move indoors.