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Welcome to Kettering Buccleuch Academy       


It is with great pride that I write to you as the Principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy.


We have wonderful children, a caring community and a new, experienced, skilled and passionate staff. Our new state of the art buildings were nominated for 'Best School Building in the UK'. We are travelling very fast on a journey to become the undoubted first choice for education in our region, whether that be selective, comprehensive or independent.

I am so excited by the potential of our community. A new and innovative community of children aged 4-19. We welcome children in Reception at the start of their learning journey and support their development through Primary, into Secondary and on into our Sixth Form. We receive children and support them to develop as an individual to leave us as skilled, rounded and qualified young adults. They will then be ready to take their place in the modern world economy, whether continuing to the very best universities, or having a secure foothold in the world of work. Ours is becoming the community of first choice to release the potential of all.

Our philosophy is simple; we challenge and support each and every child to achieve more than they thought themselves capable of, whilst at the same time finding school life to be more enjoyable than they thought it was supposed to be. Mature and mutually respectful relationships characterise our community and we strive for excellence in every way, leaving no stone unturned. We believe in educating children in partnership with parents and the wider community. Our students are increasingly achieving academic excellence whilst enjoying their life as a child and learning that children and adults of all ages can enjoy teamwork, fun, challenge and success built upon a foundation of supportive relationships, family and British values within a global society.

The quality of our staff is becoming the envy of others and we do have several staff who have been recognised nationally for their teaching excellence. Our aim is to be nothing less than a beacon school in the region, be respected as a ‘Beyond Outstanding’ academy and to be recognised as a national and international innovative model of best practice.

Our name reflects our strong links with the Duke of Buccleuch, whose family connection with Kettering stretches back for almost 500 years and remains very much alive today. We are delighted to be supported by the Duke’s estate and benefit from its experience in promoting education in this area. In respect of this, and working with heralds, we have chosen quadrants from the Duke’s Coat of Arms to derive the names of our four Houses in our new innovative House System; Braveheart, Griffin, Phoenix and Viking. Our House System is, we believe, a most enjoyable and energising focus giving students a level of pride and identity that encourages the excellence we expect.

Please come along and visit us to experience our unique ethos, community and environment for yourself. We would very much like to meet you and your family and invite you to join our family and become a special part of our bright future. Tours of the academy can be arranged at any time throughout the year for parents who are hoping to be able to secure a place for their child. Please contact enquiries@kba.uk and we will be happy to organise a date and time that is convenient for you.

James Bowkett

Ethos and Values


United Learning
Kettering Buccleuch Academy is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12. Registered address: United Learning, Fairline House, Nene Valley Business Park, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 4HN