School Information

Welcome to King James I Academy

Academy Council

Meet our Student Academy Council. They are made up of representatives from all year groups.

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The Academy Day

View our school timetable and assembly times.

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Admissions Policy

Read our Admissions Policy.

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Bus Timetable

View our current bus timetables.

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Find out about our Careers Programme.

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Cashless Catering

King James I Academy operates a contactless card catering system. Find out information about how it works, and what it means for you here.

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Catch Up With Friends - Summer School

Read about our Catch Up With Friends - Summer School programme.

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King James I offers students a broad curriculum in all key stages, designed and delivered to develop deep, long term knowledge and understanding of key concepts across the full range of subjects.

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Employment Vacancies

Opportunities for Employment within the Academy

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Forms & Documentation

Forms and Documentation for parents and guardians.

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Governing Body

Information about all of our Governing Bodies.

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Inspection Information

Read important information published by the school.

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Key Stage 4 & 5 Outcomes

View our outcome statistics for Key Stage 4 and 5 Students.

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Ofsted Performance Reports

The Ofsted reports from our latest inspection are available for viewing here.

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Parent Meetings and Open Evenings

View our schedule for upcoming Parent Meetings and School Open Evenings.

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Read our School policies.

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Privacy Notices

View our Privacy Notices.

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Proposed Development

Consolutation on proposals for repair and adaptation works to the lodge and outbuildings at King James I Academy

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Pupil Premium

The Use of Pupil Premium Funding at King James I Academy

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Revision & Growth Mindset

Information about our Revision schemes and Growth Mindset.

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School Menu

View our Durham Direct Secondary School Menu

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Student Support

Find out about how we support our students.

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Teaching Staff

Our list of teaching staff currently working at King James I Academy.

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Read our guidelines regarding uniform expectations and how to purchase it.

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Vision Statement

Read our Vision Statement.

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Welcome to King James I Academy


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 yo

u 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