King James's School

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King James's School
Motto Quid Retribuam Domino
Established 1616
Closed closed for two years from 1901 to 1903
Type Community school
Headteacher Carl Sugden
Founder Robert Chaloner
Location King James Road
Knaresborough
North Yorkshire
HG5 8EB
England Coordinates: 54°00′18″N 1°27′39″W / 54.00510°N 1.46082°W / 54.00510; -1.46082
Local authority North Yorkshire
DfE number 815/4202
DfE URN 121687 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1726
Ages 11–18
Houses Airedale, Nidderdale, Swaledale, and Wharfdale
Publication The Chaloner
Website KJS

King James's School is located on King James Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England. King James's is a large non-selective school with a large sixth form.

Admissions[edit]

King James's School is the only secondary school in Knaresborough and serves the town and the surrounding villages. The current Headmaster is Carl Sugden. The school is situated in the centre of the town on the main A59, next to the leisure pool. The population of Knaresborough (as well as the surrounding villages) means that it is an oversubscribed school.

History[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

The school was founded in 1616 as King James Grammar School with a charter from King James I. The school magazine The Chaloner is named after Dr Robert Chaloner who founded the school. It discusses school events and achievements for both school and its students and is published annually. It is created by the students and edited by the school's sixth form.

Comprehensive[edit]

It became a comprehensive in September 1971.

The school is newly refurbished. Major building work at the school has been completed,[when?] including a new art block with modern facilities. Annual non-compulsory school trips are available for the students.

Dr Arnold Kellett has written a book about the history of the school.[1]

Traditions[edit]

Quid Retribuam Domino (What can I render to the Lord?) is the school motto.[2]

Houses[edit]

King James's School has four school houses which have a colour each, Airedale - Blue, Nidderdale - Red, Swaledale - Yellow and Wharfdale - Green.

Academic performance[edit]

In 2013 the A* to B rate at A Level was 57%. 90% of students achieved 5 or more passes at GCSE; 75% including English and Maths.

Sex and Relationships Education Policy[edit]

In August 2013 the LGBT online Pink News stated that King James's School's Sex and Relationships Education Policy includes the words: "Ensure that homosexuality is not promoted as a pretended family relationship whilst not encouraging homophobia."[3] Pink News links King James' to its reported comments by the Department for Education on the Department's own 'sex and relationship education guidance', and the British Humanist Association "concerns regarding 45 schools across the country." Pink News believes such policies, overt or vague, are a reflection of the repealed Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act.[3]

Notable former pupils[edit]

King James's Grammar school[edit]

King James's School[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellett, Arnold (2003). King James's School: 1616-2003 Knaresborough. King James's School. ISBN 0-9545195-0-7. 
  2. ^ Ethos & Aims
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Scott "UK Government: No schools should be reintroducing Section 28", Pinknews.co.uk 19 August 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013

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