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

News and Latest Developments

All the latest news, developments and warnings regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19

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Online Learning Timetables

We've changed the format for work-setting to make it more manageable and also to provide dedicated time, if your child needs it, to access teacher support.

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Letters to Parents and Students

All letters to Parents and Students that would normally have been issued physically will be available here.

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KJ Linked

Supporting Learning from home with a weekly newsletter packed with King James recommended resources.

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Access Class charts here. If you have any issues accessing your work, contact the school by telephone.

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Access your school work area from home

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Mutual Aid Groups Across County Durham

A huge list of support agencies willing to help support you and your family through Covid-19.

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National Advice

National Advice from the NHS and Gov.UK

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Thursday 4th June 2020

I would like to thank our students and parents for continuing to engage with learning throughout the period during which the school has been predominantly closed.  We have faced many challenges but we seem to have established a new way of working which, although not ideal, is helping most of our children to continue to learn and grow.

The current challenges and the difficulties we have encountered have certainly highlighted the importance of school in the lives of our young people and the critical role that teachers play in developing students into skilled, knowledgeable and socially aware adults.

From 8th June we are, in response to feedback from parents, moving towards online yearly timetables for Years 7 to 9.  Teachers will also allocate set periods of time to support students from specific classes and to promote opportunities for greater interaction.

We are currently preparing to welcome back our Year 10 and Year 12 students from 15th June and we have put stringent measures in place, in school, to protect both staff and students.  We would like to encourage all attending students to walk or cycle to school to promote good health and to minimise any potential risks.  As an alternative, we are aware that many parents will be dropping their children off in the car and we will have a designated 'drop-off' zone within the car park for this purpose. 

Students will remain socially distanced in the Dining Area during breakfast and will then make their way to their classrooms.  All corridors now have arrows which are 2 metres apart and which clearly show students the one-way system.  Students will bring their own stationery and they will be provided with new exercise books and will sit in allocated seats that allow a 2 metre distance to be maintained between one another.  The teacher has been provided with a 'teacher zone' that is equipped with the technology and equipment they need to support students' learning.

Whether in-class, accessing catering, using toilets or moving around the school we have measures in place to protect children and adults.  We will also be providing appointments with support staff, where these are required, and students will be cared for throughout their day in school.

Staff will soon be visiting Primary Schools to meet our new students as they prepare for transition from Year 6 to our school.  Despite the lack of face-to-face contact at King James, we are doing everything we can to help make the return to school a happy and successful experience for new and existing students.

We don't yet know what education will look or feel like in September for all students but we will, as we already have done, make sure that we are prepared and able to welcome and support our students in the best way possible - 'the King James way'.

Thank you once again for all of your support.


Best wishes.


Nick Grieveson



Risk Assessment for September 2020 return to school.

The risk assessment for the return to on site education for all students is now available in the policies section of the website, and also on the link below:

Risk Assessment for September 2020 return

Exam Results

'All Year 11 GCSE/ Vocational and Year 13  A Level / Vocational results will be issued to students via email, due to current national restrictions restricting our ability to organise a group activity on school premises. We thank you for your understanding in these exceptional circumstances.

  • Year 11 GCSE & Vocational results day: Thursday 20th August 2020
  • Year 13 A Level & Vocational results day: Thursday 13th August 2020

Advice and support, remotely, for all students on results days, will be on hand.


Stay safe on Social Media

We have received a notification this morning which has suggested that young people in Bishop Auckland are being targeted by someone who is hacking their social media accounts. Passwords are then changed and children are being asked to do inappropriate things in order to regain access. We would ask that parents  continue to monitor their child's social media accounts in order to make sure they stay safe. If you receive an email asking you to reveal or reset your password it may be a phishing attempt. Please remember to change your password on a regular basis or if you feel it has become known by someone else.


Year 11 Students Preparing For Sixth Form

Remote learning is now available for students wishing to continue into 6th form, at King James and all other 6th form pathways. Work can be accessed as usual via classcharts where new classes have been set up for this preparatory work. Also work can  be found on google classrooms, and students should check their gmail accounts for invites to join up. Should you have any questions please contact Mrs Nicholson on the form here


Year 11 Students Waiting to Start Careers or Other Further Education

While you are waiting to start career and Further Education pathways, you can now access work that will support your transition. Any questions should be directed to Mrs Stead or Anne Goddard.


GCSE / AS / A' Level Students

For further information - Please see below a link to a You Tube Ofqual announcement that is relevant to all Year 11 and Year 13 students.



No Computer? Use Your Phones!

TOP TIP for students and parents - If you are struggling to access a computer, or you are sharing a computer, why not use your phone to access Class Charts and find home-work that can be completed in the exercise book you have been given.  When you have completed the work, take a photograph and email it back to your teacher.

Free School Meal Phishing Scam Emails

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:

‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’.

I would just like to confirm this is a scam email and is not from the Academy / Local Authority. We urge you and parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond and delete it immediately.



Latest KJ Linked Newsletters:

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