King James's School, Knaresborough

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.

King James's School
King James Road

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Coordinates54.00510°N 1.46082°W / 54.00510; -1.46082
TypeCommunity school
MottoQuid Retribuam Domino
FounderRobert Chaloner
Closedclosed for two years from 1901 to 1903
Local authorityNorth Yorkshire
Department for Education URN121687 Tables
Head teacherCarl Sugden
Age11 to 18
HousesAiredale, Nidderdale, Swaledale, and Wharfdale
PublicationThe Chaloner


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.


Grammar school

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.


It became a comprehensive in September 1971.

The school is newly refurbished. Major building work at the school has been completed, 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]


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


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

Academic performance

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

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

King James's Grammar school

King James's School

See also


  1. Kellett, Arnold (2003). King James's School: 1616-2003 Knaresborough. King James's School. ISBN 0-9545195-0-7.
  2. Ethos & Aims
  3. Roberts, Scott "UK Government: No schools should be reintroducing Section 28", 19 August 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013
  4. "OBITUARY. GEORGE ANDREW HOBSON, 1854-1917". Institute of Civil Engineers. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  5. "Senior Investigator Profile". NIHR. Retrieved 2 December 2018.

News items

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