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

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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  

Throughout 2023 we have continued to build upon our many successes and we will continue to do the same in 2024 as we look forward to another exciting and inspiring year filled with opportunities to learn and grow.  We are over-subscribed for the sixth year running and will be again in September 2024, meaning that we can provide the King James experience to as many young people as possible from the local area.  

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 recognise the increased pressures for young people in modern society; in order to support students, we employ a large number of highly skilled support staff who are available to help all of our students to prosper and overcome barriers.  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 a dedicated Attendance Officer as well as having 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. We were delighted to be able to re-launch international visits following the pandemic, and have more planned for the future.

King James I Community works closely in partnership with our local primary schools and the local community to provide a venue for a large range of out of hours, community-led educational and leisure activities including supporting Roots (a local performing arts group), hosting Bishop Auckland Juniors Football Club, Bishop Ladies, Bishop Auckland Reserves, and the Bishop Auckland District Football Teams, as well as working in partnership with Shildon AFC.

Our children take part in a range of academic, sporting, and other 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". Ultimately, we aim to develop our students into confident, responsible young people with the skills that enable them to thrive in modern society. 

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...

King James Teaching Assistant wins Apprentice of the Year Award

Lewis Lumley-Young, Teaching Assistant at King James I Academy, has won the Bishop Auckland College Teaching Assistant Apprentice of the Year Award 2024.

A week of career talks with visiting professionals

As part of our extensive Careers Advice and Guidance programme, Year 10 students have been taking part in a variety of hour-long talks delivered by professional speakers from different industry sectors.

Primary pupils make TV news programme

We have an extensive Primary Outreach programme at King James with sessions that give youngsters from local primary schools the opportunity to develop new skills by trying something a little different. This year, we have introduced an exciting new session in film production with our Media Studies Department.

Audiobooks for free on ePlatform app

This year at King James, we invested in the ePlatform app, a dedicated eBook lending app which allows our students to read eBooks anywhere, any time and on multiple devices, including their school Chromebook. Now, as requested by both parents and students, we have expanded our subscription to include a wide range of audio books.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Throughout the year at King James, we organise a variety of special events to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing. This week we have been supporting the Mental Health Foundation’s annual Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.

Disney Lorcana pilot programme begins

Disney Lorcana by Ravensburger is new trading card game for all ages. Ravensburger publishing company are looking to introduce Lorcana clubs to schools across the UK and thanks to an appeal by Stockton-based store and gaming centre, Beanie Games, for schools to join a pilot programme, we are pleased to be one of the first schools in the North East to test out the products at our after-school Games Club.

King James I Academy shortlisted for the Tes Schools Awards 2024

The best schools and teachers across the country have been shortlisted in this year’s Tes Schools Awards. The Awards, which have been dubbed the ‘Oscars of education’, is a prestigious awards programme which celebrates the best of education across the UK. It has now been revealed that King James I Academy has been shortlisted in the category of Staff Wellbeing School of the year.

Exchanging Class Charts points at the Reward Store

This academic year, we opened a lunchtime Reward Store where students in Key Stage 4 could spend their hard earned Class Charts points on rewards of their choice. The initiative has proved to be even more popular than expected.