King James's School, Almondbury

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King James's School
Established 1547 (royal charter 1608)
Type Academy
Location Saint Helen's Gate
Almondbury
West Yorkshire
HD4 6SG
England Coordinates: 53°37′46″N 1°44′32″W / 53.629397°N 1.742277°W / 53.629397; -1.742277
Local authority Kirklees
DfE number 382/4000
DfE URN 138706 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website School website

King James's School is a coeducational secondary school located in Almondbury in the English county of West Yorkshire.[1]

History[edit]

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

King James's Grammar School[2] 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.[3]

The grammar school era ended in 1976 when it became a comprehensive school: King James's School. The s chool was designated a specialist Science College in 2004. In September 2012 the school converted to academy status. The current headmaster is Robert Lamb.

The school today[edit]

King James's School is a comprehensive secondary school with a catchment area that includes Almondbury, Dalton, Grange Moor, Kirkheaton and Lepton.[4] The school offers GCSEs, BTECs and Cambridge Nationals as programmes of study for pupils.[5]

Publications[edit]

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]

King James's Grammar School[edit]

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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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