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Coronavirus & Home Schooling

All the latest news, developments and warnings regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19.

Important Notifications and Letters to Parents

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

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

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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

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

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to find out about the exciting things that are happening at King James I Academy.

In 2021 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 third year running and will do our best to 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 staff to ensure that all of our children are well cared for and supported.  We are keen to work in close partnership with our parents and we work hard to ensure that our students enjoy 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 other 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.

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
Acting Headteacher




Latest News...

Mrs Aitkin completes Great North Run

Mrs Aitkin, our Deputy Headteacher, has raised an amazing £650 for Prostate Cancer UK by completing the Great North Run.

Chromebooks for all Year 7s

Each year, our new Year 7 students are issued with a personal Chromebook to help them with their studies as they progress through the key stages. This ensures that students in all year groups benefit from access to a personal laptop.

'Bug'ingham Palace Hotel fully booked!

Following the warm and wet summer holiday, Year 13 Photography student, Sean C has returned to King James to find his bug hotel fully booked with an array of insect guests!

Another year of excellent results!

Despite the huge challenges faced by our young people in the past year, we are celebrating yet another year of excellent exam results in all A’ Level, GCSE and vocational subjects.

Transition Summer School adventures

Each year, during the summer holidays at King James, we organise a week of fun, free activities for Year 6 students who are registered to start our Academy in September. This year our Transition Summer School took on the important theme of 'Catching Up'.

Languages students have penpals in France and Mexico

Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Langauges students have been taking part in an exciting penpal project with pupils in France and Mexico.

Year group fun on Sports Day

This year, for safety reasons, our Sports Day took place over three days to allow for individual year group events, and although on a much smaller scale than usual, students still had a great day and competed with enthusiasm.

UKMT Maths challenge success!

During the Summer term, Year 7 and Year 8 pupils took part in the UKMT’s Junior Maths Challenge, which is a 60-minute multiple choice challenge.