King James School, Bishop Auckland, celebrates academy status

PUBLISHED: 17:22 25 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:54 20 February 2013

Andrea Heywood, Kay  Zoyal, Anne Goddard

Andrea Heywood, Kay Zoyal, Anne Goddard

Students took centre stage in a showcase of dance, drama, art and academic subjects to<br/>launch their school's new academy status.

Students took centre stage in a showcase of dance, drama, art and academic subjects to
launch their schools new academy status.


King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland welcomed hundreds of guests, including governors, parents and primary school headteachers, to the official unveiling. The academy is the first secondary school in south west Durham to have converted.


Chair of governors Elizabeth Varley said: It is very rewarding to see at last the results of all the hard work involved in conversion.


The Mayor of Bishop Auckland John Lethbridge was among the guests and told the audience: You are at the beginning of an exciting journey and I wish you well.


The new era for King James I Academy is being led by a new headteacher, Nick Grieveson, who said the school was undergoing change but was not altering what it stood for. We have got a success story already. Becoming an Academy means more of the same but it also means making King James an even more exciting and interesting place.

Gaining academy status is the latest chapter in the schools 400- year-old history.



The print version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of North East Life

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