Exam results to celebrate!
Students at King James I Academy have celebrated fantastic exam results this year across the range of subjects, and continued improvement following the school’s OFSTED Good inspection in February.
In GCSE, 70% of pupils achieved at least a good pass in both Maths and English, and achievement was excellent in EBACC subjects including Geography, Languages and History. Science candidates achieved well, especially in Triple Science courses, and 100% of students achieved a Grade 7 or above in Statistics. In Computer Science, 100% of students achieved at least Grade 5 and Art, Photography and Drama students also celebrated 100% pass rates. Vocational subjects also saw a large number of students achieving the highest grades.
Results were equally impressive for sixth formers, with 100% pass rates in both academic and vocational subjects including Maths, English, Geography, History, the Sciences, Photography, Computer Science, Psychology, Business, Criminology, Media and Performing Arts.
Making transition easy
Students enrolled to start King James in September attend a number of welcome events to meet the Academy Leadership Team and Year 7 Form Tutors. Induction Days also take place to give pupils the chance to try timetabled lessons. The Transition Summer School ensures pupils make new friends and build independence through activities that challenge them to discover their potential. Two days are spent in school, followed by three days at Weardale Adventure Centre where they enjoy canoeing, high ropes, rock climbing and more. Most have never tried these challenges before, but they face each with enthusiasm and experience a great sense of pride as they succeed.
Pen pals in Modern Foreign Languages
In Languages, students are working on a pen pal project which unites pupils at King James with those at a school in France. Students share details about their school and family life, hobbies and aspirations for the future in each other’s language, which helps to embed learning and develop written communication skills, but it is also a great way to promote an interest in international culture. The department is now planning a trip to France where students will be able to meet their pen pals face to face!
Learning outside of the classroom
The Academy adopts an approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance. Recently, Geography students visited the River Gaunless to study water levels, students in Religious Studies visited Durham Cathedral for a Q&A session with Canon Hampel, Art students enjoyed a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Music students recorded at The Hub studio in Barnard Castle. PE students also watched pro tennis at Wimbledon and History students worked with archaeologists on the Bishop Big Dig project!