King James's Grammar School, Almondbury

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Almondbury Grammar School
Established 1547 (royal charter 1608)
Closed 1976
Type Grammar school
Location Saint Helen's Gate
West Yorkshire
England Coordinates: 53°37′46″N 1°44′32″W / 53.629397°N 1.742277°W / 53.629397; -1.742277
Local authority Kirklees
Ages 11–18
Other name King James's School

King James's Grammar School was a grammar school on Saint Helen's Gate in Almondbury, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England.[1]


The school library 'The Big' (left) and headmaster's study (right)

The school was founded as chantry school in 1547 and received its name and a royal charter in 1608 thanks to the efforts of three men who travelled on horseback to London to get a royal charter from the king. They rode from Farnley Tyas, the nearby village, having been sent to London to get the charter by the local wealthy men from Almondbury who wanted a local school for their offspring to visit. Extensions were made to the school by William Swinden Barber between 1880 and 1883.[2]

Notable headmasters have been Taylor Dyson (1913-1945) and Harry Taylor (1951-1973).

Its motto was Floreat Schola Almondburiensis which is a Latinised form of the English phrase May Almondbury School Flourish. The school song consisted of several verses and the chorus: Floreat Schola, floreat schola, floreat schola Almondburiensis.

The grammar school era ended in 1976 when it became a comprehensive school: King James's School. The current headmaster is Robert Lamb. Almondbury is now served by the school in its present character and Almondbury High School and Language College.


The school is the subject of two histories: A History of King James's Grammar School in Almondbury (author: Gerald Hinchliffe) and King James's School in Almondbury: An Illustrated History (editors: Roger Dowling and John Hargreaves).

A book Morning Assembly (editor: Roger Dowling; text: Andrew Taylor) gives a detailed account of the life of former headmaster Harry Taylor together with a compilation in facsimile form of some 100 prayers collected by Harry Taylor for use each day at morning assembly.

Notable former pupils[edit]


Cover of Report Book from King James's Grammar School Almondbury (student's name redacted)
King James's Grammar School custom colour-coded exercise book c.1972. Chemistry was dark blue, physics (shown here) cream, and so on.



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