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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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...

Officially Ofsted Good!

Last term, Ofsted inspectors visited King James for a two-day inspection and we have now received the official report. We are happy to confirm that we have retained the Good status awarded to us in our previous inspection in 2017.

The cast of A’ Level Performing Arts have completed their exam piece based on dreams and the inspirational work of American film director, producer and writer, Tim Burton.

Pen pal Easter greetings for care home residents

This week, we have delivered over 50 hand made Easter cards to two of our local care homes, Church View Care Centre at South Church and Eden House at Cockton Hill. We hope the messages inside bring a little joy to our elderly residents this Easter.

Young Writers competition published poets

Two of our students, Tamzin I in Year 7, and Cody M in Year 9 have been selected from over 5,000 entrants to have their poems published as part of the Young Writers Competition.

An excellent Maths Feast at Durham University

Four of our Year 10 students have taken part in the Advanced Maths Support Programme's annual Math Feast at Durham University. The national Maths Feast initiative is a fun educational challenge for Year 10 students which tests problem-solving and teamworking skills.

Reciting pi digits on Pi Day 2022

In our Maths Department, students have been taking part in our annual pi recitation competition to celebrate Pi Day 2022.

World Book Day 2022

This week we are celebrating World Book Day 2022 by giving out free books in our Academy Library to all students in Key Stage 3, along with a £1.00 book token, which can be redeemed for a second free book at Tesco, Newton Aycliffe. Tokens will also be given to all students in Key Stage 4.

Exploring emotions through Performing Arts

In Drama, Year 8 students have been responding to the emotional impact that the conflict in Ukraine could have upon families.