KJ Linked - Weekly Learning Toolkit

13/07/2020 - KJ Linked Issue 15 released!

As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020. Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time.

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Interactivity Week (Start 13/7/2020)

Coronavirus & Home Schooling

All the latest news, developments and warnings regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19. You will also find a learning toolkit for students and parents, and all relevant letters will be placed in this section of the website.

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All the latest news and developments from King James I Academy

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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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Find out what's happening at King James I Academy with the school calendar.

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Upcoming Events

Click here to find out what events are happening soon at King James.

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

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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 our students, including bus times, uniform, timetable information and Student Support.

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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

As we are all aware, things are very different this year but we know how important transition activities are to a smooth start to Year 7.

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Our Vision Statement

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to find out about the exciting things that are happening at King James I Academy.

In 2020 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 third year running and will do our best to 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 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 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 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.

Nick Grieveson




Latest News...

KJ Linked - Issue 15

Welcome to Issue 15 of KJ Linked. This will be our final newsletter as we have reached the end of the academic year and the summer holiday is upon us.

It is fair to say that it has been an extremely challenging four months for everyone, but we are incredibly proud of our students and would

like to thank them, and their families, for the resilience they have shown in continuing with their studies from home.

KJ Linked - Issue 14

Welcome to Issue 14 of KJ Linked. We hope you are all staying well and are appreciating the increased freedom that July 4th has brought us.

KJ Linked - Issue 13

Hello and welcome to Issue 13 of KJ Linked.

KJ Linked - Issue 12

Welcome to Issue 12 of KJ Linked, our Academy newsletter designed to keep us connected whilst restrictions continue.

Last week we were delighted to reopen our doors to students in Years 10 and 12, and see them enjoying lessons once more. We were proud to see our students adapting quickly to the strategies in place to keep everyone safe. One-way systems and socially distanced classroom layouts worked extremely well, and students made excellent progress in their allocated sessions. Teaching resources from

KJ Linked - Issue 11

Hello and welcome to Issue 11 of KJ Linked, the newsletter designed to keep us connected throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

This issue features some exciting news from Mr Grieveson on page 2 about the new qualifications for post-16 students. It also celebrates the excellent achievements of our students.

King James I Academy - The Virtual Tour

At the request of Mr Grieveson, former Sixth Form student, Kyle B has created a fantastic video with commentary which allows visitors to take a virtual tour of our Academy. This will be particularly useful for students who are joining us in September as they will be able to familiarise themselves with our buildings.

KJ Linked - Issue 10

This edition contains the latest information about Year 10s returning to school and the improvements we have made to Key Stage 3 timetables to assist with online learning.

We are all working hard to adapt to a new way of life, and as a school we are continually developing ideas and strategies to ensure online learning is as engaging as possible. We have given much consideration to safety in school, and have also made

changes to timetabling, which we hope will make managing workload and accessing support

Drowning Prevention Week – 12th - 19th June 2020

Water-safety is a key element of the King James I Academy personal development programme, and this year we feel that raising awareness of water-safety and drowning-prevention is even more crucial, given the circumstances we are all currently facing.