King James I Academy will close at 2:45pm on the 26th May for half term. Students are expected to attend in full uniform as normal.

We are currently experiencing technical issues with timetables on ClassCharts, we hope to get this resolved quickly.

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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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 2023 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 fifth year running and will be again in September 2023, 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 have already re-launched these initiatives to 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 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...

King James on Ice!

Students in Years 9 and 10 have been attending weekly Ice Skating lessons at Billingham Forum as an after-school activity.

Practice walk for Duke of Edinburgh expedition

Some of our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Awards candidates have completed an 8.5 mile walk with Geography Teacher, Mrs Fegan to prepare for the expedition element of the Bronze Award.

Athletics District Trials at Shildon

A group of young athletes in Years 8, 9 and 10 have taken part in the Athletics District Trials, which were held at Shildon Athletics Track.

Tips for online safety

As with any type of mobile technology, smartwatches can pose a risk to children unless they're used safely. The attached guide gives helpful hints and tips for the use of smartwatches.

Student focus group event for Mental Health Week

To support Mental Health Awareness Week, our Year 9 Mental Health Focus Group organised a lunchtime event with information and a range of activities.

Poetry and origami combined at Mrs M's Cafe

Students in Key Stage 3 have enjoyed a unique learning experience delivered by Mr Wheatley, our Academy Librarian, in Mrs M's Cafe, which is located in the Market Place.

League Cup Final Champions!

Last term, our Year 10 football team won the League Cup Final following a hard-fought match against Durham Johnston.

Documentary filmmaking in Media Studies

In Media Studies, some of our Year 12 students are filming footage and editing documentary productions on a variety of topics.