King James´s is extremely well supported by local individuals: some take on responsibilities as school governors; others act as business mentors to Sixth Form students. Local organisations and businesses also give support, whether sponsoring the annual Fun Run and Gala, providing raffle prizes or offering work experience to students.
In return, the school supports the local community in a range of ways.
Families are very welcome to visit the school at more or less any time (by prior arrangement). In early October we hold an open evening for the community in general and parents of Year 6 children in particular. This covers everything from what you can expect from the school to local authority admissions policy. It is also an opportunity to meet teachers and visit departments, all of which host hands-on events from model-making to star-gazing. A separate Sixth Form open evening is held in January.
We work closely with all the local primary schools. Visits to our feeder schools are made by staff from across the school, from the Head to technicians. Primary school children are regularly invited to join us for drama productions and sporting events. Year 6 children also attend an immersion day in July before they start at King James’s.
We are frequently visited by former KJGS students, individual ´old boys and girls´, groups and former staff who have kept informal links with each other. We always enjoy hearing their stories of the way things were in the good old days!
Our ever-popular annual senior citizens’ summer party attracts townsfolk eager to sample our afternoon tea and entertainment from our Sixth Form Students. They also get chance to brush up their Bingo skills and have a merry old sing-song to finish off.
The Knaresborough Tennis Club formally became ‘Knaresborough King James’s Tennis Club’ in 2010. We took the opportunity to refurbish the courts with the support of the Lawn Tennis Association and the courts now have splendid illumination for all-year play. The Club has a thriving youth and coaching section open to all - it can be contacted on 01423 887964.
The school facilities are open for regular hire or for one-off events. See Facilities and Lettings for more details.
There are a great deal of clubs and activities available for young people in the area. Click here for more details.