Establishment King James I Academy Bishop Auckland

URN: 136770

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South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7JZ
Local authority
County Durham (840)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Simon Whitehead
Phase of education
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Gender of entry
URN: 136770, DfE number: 840/4178
UKPRN: 10033771
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 29 March 2017)
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Religious character
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Religious ethos
Does not apply
No boarders
Nursery provision
Not applicable
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
Section 41 approved
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Open date
1 June 2011
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Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not recorded
Special classes
No Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
17 November 2021
Type of SEN provision
PD - Physical Disability
Type of resourced provision
Not applicable
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Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
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Chair of trustees

Chair of trustees
Name Appointed by From To
Elizabeth Varley Appointed by GB/board 17 November 2021 16 November 2025


Name Appointed by From To
Daniel Lewis Powell Elected by school staff 7 June 2021 7 June 2025
Rachael Anna Marie Dobinson Elected by parents 23 April 2021 22 April 2025
Luke Allan Holmes Appointed by GB/board 25 March 2021 24 March 2025
Sharon Boughey Appointed by academy members 22 March 2021 21 March 2025
Lisa Louise Lumley-Imerson Elected by school staff 8 March 2021 7 March 2025
George Campbell Appointed by GB/board 27 November 2019 26 November 2023
Simone Price Elected by parents 4 October 2019 3 October 2023
Craig Robinson Elected by parents 30 September 2019 29 September 2023


Name Appointed by From
Elizabeth Varley Appointed by academy members 15 June 2017
George Campbell Appointed by academy members 27 November 2015
Jane Whittaker Appointed by academy members 2 January 2018
Valerie Hetherington Appointed by academy members 9 November 2020

Accounting officer

Accounting officer
Name From To
Simon Nicholas Whitehead 1 January 2021 Not recorded

Chief financial officer

Chief financial officer
Name From To
Kenneth Neild 4 September 2019 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Elizabeth Varley Trustee Appointed by GB/board 16 November 2017 15 November 2021
Tanya Tucker Trustee Appointed by academy members 13 March 2018 8 October 2021
Keith Wilkinson Trustee Appointed by academy members 20 May 2019 16 July 2021
Daniel Martin Trustee Elected by school staff 18 December 2018 28 May 2021
Heike Stevens Member Appointed by academy members 21 December 2017 11 February 2021
Nick Grieveson Accounting officer N/A 1 September 2010 31 December 2020
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North of England
Government office region (GOR)
North East
County Durham
Bishop Auckland Town
Parliamentary constituency
Bishop Auckland
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
County Durham 055
Lower super output area (LSOA)
County Durham 055A
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