Year 6: Transport Arrangements: If you would like your child to travel to King James in one of our coaches and have not yet booked a place, please contact the Academy as soon as possible on 01388 603388. The closing date for reserving a seat is Monday 10th July. After this date, we will not be able to guarantee a place.

Support Staff Vacancies

Cover Supervisor

Required ASAP

37 Hours per week – Term Time + 5 Days

Grade E, point 19-22

(£16,544 - £17,767)



Headteacher: Mr N Grieveson BA NPQH

Number on Roll: 731 (including 132 Sixth Form)

We are seeking to appoint a Cover Supervisor to supervise planned lessons for teaching colleagues, in their absence and provide in-class learning support within an identified curriculum area.  The successful candidate will focus relentlessly upon giving students opportunities for success both within and beyond the classroom as well as providing stimulating and engaging learning experiences.  

Working at King James I Academy will provide the opportunity to join a dedicated team of staff whose mission is to become an outstanding Academy that develops successful, well rounded, socially mobile and confident young people who can contribute effectively to the global community.  

The school became a standalone Converter Academy in June 2011 and has recently benefitted from being part of the Government’s PSBP initiative. The first phase of the new, state of the art buildings opened in January 2014 and these facilities have supported the development of a range of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

In summer 2016, students achieved very positive outcomes in all year groups.  Results in KS4 placed us fifth in Durham, based upon the newly introduced Progress 8 measure, and the progress of learners in our Sixth Form was similarly impressive.  Teachers have worked very hard to achieve improvement and we are justifiably proud of our school and our students.

Closing Date:        Friday 30 June (noon)

Shortlisting:          Monday 3 July

Interviews:           Friday 7 July

Please ring or email the Academy for an application pack. Alternatively you can complete the application form below. If you would like to arrange an informal visit please contact Karen Sams, PA to the Headteacher or on 01388 603388. Please note that completed applications must be returned to the above email address, or by post to King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7JZ by 12 noon on the closing date.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding children.  All candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to the welfare and safety of children and young people.  Any offer of employment will be conditional upon receipt of two supportive references and the successful completion of a DBS and Health Check.

King James I Academy is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We want to develop a more diverse workforce and we positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Non Teaching Application Form (updated March 2015).doc
Non Teaching Application Form (updated March 2015).doc
Curriculum Resource Support - Level 3 - Job Description.doc



Learning Support Assistant Apprenticeship                                                                                

Employer: King James I Academy

Learning Provider: Bishop Auckland College

Apprenticeship: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 3

Vacancy Location:

South Church Road

Bishop Auckland

Co Durham

DL14 7JZ

Vacancy Description:

Post holders working to this job description may undertake any of the following main duties and responsibilities.

Support the Pupil by

  1. Attending to the pupils’ educational needs
  2. Support the carrying out of pre-determined educational activities and programmes of learning whilst promoting independent learning.
  3. Establish a supportive relationship with children and parents, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs.
  4. Encouraging acceptance and inclusion of the children with special needs.
  5. Promoting and reinforcing the child’s self-esteem and to act independently as appropriate
  6. Supporting pupils in respect of learning strategies e.g. literacy and numeracy, as directed by the teacher.
  7. Supporting pupils in using basic ICT as directed.

Support the teacher by

  1. Displaying pupils work as directed by the teacher / senior colleagues.
  2. Undertaking pupil record keeping as requested.
  3. Being aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed.

Support the Academy by

  1. Being aware of the Academy’s policies and procedures.
  2. Being aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection and reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  3. Being aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  4. Contributing to the overall ethos/work/aims of the academy.
  5. Attending relevant meetings as required.
  6. Participating in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  7. Assisting with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes.
  8. Accompanying teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.
  9. To support the safeguarding and to help promote the welfare of children for whom you have come into contact with, to include adhering to all specified procedures.
  10. Undertaking any other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post which from time to time may be required by the head teacher / senior colleagues.
  11. Carrying out your duties with full regard to the Academy’s Equality Policy and Race Equality Scheme.
  12. Complying with Health and Safety policies, organisations statements and procedures report any incidents/accidents/hazards and take pro-active approach to health and safety matters in order to protect both yourself and others.

Employer Description

After excellent results in 2016 we are building upon our success in 2017.  Students and staff alike are working hard to ensure that our students achieve their best possible outcomes.  Our excellent teaching and support staff helped students to achieve a very pleasing Progress 8 score of +0.25 in August 2016 (a measure of the progress made by students during their time at King James).  This means that students attending King James’ achieved a quarter of a grade more than was expected, on average, across all of their best eight subjects in Year 11.  Students in our Sixth Form also achieved very positive value added, meaning that they too exceeded expected outcomes.

At King James we pride ourselves on the quality and breadth of the learning experiences 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 the home of BATH; a world class community group supporting the development of so much more than the Drama and Dance skills they use.  We have also developed a partnership with Sunderland AFC through their Foundation of Light; they are supporting both curricular and extra-curricular sports provision.

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.

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".

Web Site

Length of apprenticeship:

12 Months

Working hours/days:

37 hrs per week

Weekly wage:

National Minimum Wage for Apprentices

Skills required:

  • Ability and confidence to assist pupils with basic numeracy and literacy in line with learning strategies and national curriculum
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences, i.e. parents, teachers, pupils, other professionals

Personal qualities required:

  • An effective communicator - with a wide range of stakeholders
  • The ability to demonstrate initiative and energy in pursuit of improved outcomes for children
  • The ability to demonstrate a flexible approach to working with children
  • Ability to promote fairness and a positive role model to pupils
  • A positive record in relation to attendance and punctuality
  • Professional, personal and emotional resilience


  • Suitable to work with children
  • The ability to form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and personal boundaries with children
  • The ability to maintain a disciplined learning environment and to support effective behaviour management

Qualifications required:

  • 4 GSCE’s including Maths and English or equivalent
  • Safeguarding (Level 1) training

Closing date: Friday 7 July (noon)

Interviews: Friday 14 July

How to apply: Please contact the Academy or visit our Web Site for and Application Form.

Application forms are to be returned to Karen Sams, King James I Academy, South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7JZ.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to comply with all Academy policies, including the no smoking policy.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding children. All candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to the welfare and safety of children and young people. Any offer of employment will be conditional upon receipt of two supporting references and a successful Health and DBS check.

Non Teaching Application Form (updated March 2015).doc
Application Form Guidance Notes - Non teaching (March 2015).doc