Year 6 Open Evening: Wednesday 27th September 5:30pm - 8:00pm

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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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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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...

Live music in school with The Mercians

Students in all year groups have been treated to a live music performance with up and coming Indie band, The Mercians.

Ben wins Bronze in swimming competition

Year 8 student, Ben T has won a bronze medal in the 100m breast stroke at a swimming competition held at the Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough.

Media and Photography in Barcelona

Students in our Media and Photography departments have enjoyed an educational trip to the beautiful city of Barcelona to take in the stunning architecture and experience the vibrant Spanish culture.

Sixth Form Results 2023

King James I Academy Sixth Form students are celebrating another record-breaking year of success, following A-Level, Applied General and Tech Levels. 100% of students have gained a place at their first-choice university, with students accepted for places at Oxford, Durham and St. Andrew’s universities, including degree courses in Medicine, Psychology and Anthropology.

Activity Day for Years 7-10

Each year, during the final week of term at King James, we host Activity Day, where Heads of Year organise a variety of fun activities for students in their year group.

Working in partnership with The Auckland Project

Earlier in the year, we established a working partnership with The Auckland Project, which gives us access to many of the venues, attractions and parkland the project offers, and an opportunity to deliver exciting learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

Sports Day 2023

In glorious July sunshine, an excellent time was had by competitors and spectators alike at our Year Group Sports Day events.

Studying mise-en-scene at Beamish Museum

Here at King James, 15 of our dedicated Year 10 Media students have attended an educational trip to Beamish Museum.