Open Events


Year 5 testimonials

Open Event Presentation

Applications open on the 5th November and close on the 14th January - all applications must be made on line.

Tour of the Junior Site - filmed on a mobile and best viewed on a mobile.

Thank you for watching.

Please share any questions you may have about King James Academy Royston via the form below.

We will pull together the frequently asked questions and share the responses with you on the Open Events section of the website over the coming weeks.

Imagination Stations Video

Royal Opera House Visit

Welcome from the current Year 5

Welcome from Head of Year 5

Interactive Year 5 virtual tour - just click

Transition Launch Site


Transition - Frequently Asked Questions

How do you incorporate the use of technology such as laptops/ ipads etc in your learning?

We are so fortunate as a junior site to have a fully fitted ICT suite alongside 2 class sets of chromebooks. The library also contains computers that can be used for Accelerated Reader quizzes, finding new books and research.

Pupils have individual logins for MathsWhizz, TT Rockstars and to help with their learning both at school and at home. Currently, we have also been providing a chromebook for use at home for those pupils in receipt of Free School Meals.

How many classes are there in the new intake for year 5 and how many in each class?

We currently have 6 classes in year 5 with 29 - 30 pupils in each class.

How does the junior site work with the senior site?

We are in a unique position as we know the pupils. There is effective and regular communication between KS2 and KS3 staff. All staff have a strong knowledge of the curriculum and through shared planning, teachers have a clear understanding of progression. Staff have joint CPD and Inset days so that key priorities for the school involve all teachers and support staff..

Both sites have consistent assessment opportunities and we aim to share this with parents in a similar format throughout their time at King James.

We have cross-phase teaching of PE and languages and junior pupils have the opportunity to visit the senior site for lessons. We arrange regular visits from secondary school teachers to year 6 to talk about life on the senior site.

The Pupil Leadership Team comprising year 10 and 11 students also visits the junior site regularly to support pupils' learning and enrichment opportunities. The assembly programme also involves staff from the senior site and common themes across the school.

How does the school work with parents to ensure a smooth transition into the new school at year 5?

We have numerous transition activities planned throughout the year.

The first stage is the updates via this Open Event page which shares information to parents and prospective pupils. An assembly is also due to be shared with the first school later this term so that the Year 4s can listen to the ‘myth busters!’

Hopefully, later in the year, we will be able to arrange traditional transition activities whereby the pupils will come to King James to meet their teachers and tour the site. The Google classroom is also set up in advance to show maps, teachers, expectations, and answer FAQ.

Donna Clay is our fantastic Transition worker who will start working with the year 4 pupils in the summer term. She provides support and guidance to the pupils which then extends into the Autumn term of year 5 at King James. There will be additional support for vulnerable pupils who may require extra visits and resources to aid transition.

We strive for a supportive transition and aim to use strategies such as staggered starts so that year 5 are alone in the school building for a day and can familiarise themselves with the geography and routines without being overwhelmed. We will also aim to have staggered lunches for a week or so to enable pupils to have quiet play with friends and to have a more leisurely lunch in a safe environment and without queueing.

We have a parents’ evening in the autumn term of year 5 for “settling in” discussions with your child’s form tutor.

How are students supported when they are working below age related expectations?

All staff are fully aware of pupil needs. Feeder schools provide key information so that learning can start immediately in year 5. We have a SEND leadership group which includes 2 SENDCos and a Primary SEND and Inclusion Coordinator at King James and a strong team of Teaching Assistants. Lessons are fully differentiated to ensure that all pupils can achieve regardless of their starting points and additional support is put in place if pupils require it.

What's your policy around mixing children from different schools - will pupils be able to select friends they will be in the same class as?

All pupils complete a friendship document before starting allowing us to group the pupils accordingly. We also work closely with the feeder schools to ensure that friendship groups are used alongside other factors to determine classes.