GCSE Results Day - 25th August from 10:00am
A Level Results Day - 18th August from 8:30am
Sixth Form Enrolment - Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August from 10am - 2pm

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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Home Learning

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

Important Notifications and Letters to Parents

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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...

Art reward trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

30 Art students in Key Stage 3 have been rewarded for their effort in the subject with an end of year trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield.

Music recording at The Hub studio

A group of Year 9 Music students have visited The Hub in Barnard Castle to experience what it’s like to record in a professional studio.

Ice cream rewards for top Class Charts achievers

Mrs Aitkin, our Deputy Headteacher, has surprised students with an Ice Cream van at the final Half Term Rewards event.

A week of work experience

To ensure our Sixth Formers have the best chance of success when applying for university, apprenticeships or a job, we arrange a work experience week for Year 12s to help them learn new skills and add to their CV.

Inspired by the pros at Wimbledon

A group of eight Year 10 girls were rewarded for their positive attitude and excellent behaviour in PE lessons, with an overnight trip to London to watch pro tennis players at Wimbledon.

Languages visit to the Spanish Gallery

A group of 24 lucky Year 7 Languages students have visited the Spanish Gallery in the Market Place for free.

Soak a Teacher event raises £175

Students in all year groups have enjoyed a fantastic ‘Soak the Teacher’ event to raise funds for the Year 7 charity, the Cavernoma Society.

Career talk with Glaxo Smith Kline

Representatives from Glaxo Smith Kline, Livia Kippax and Francesca Hume, visited King James to talk to Year 10 students about the many opportunities for Degree Apprenticeships within the company.