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Welcome to the Primary information pages for Kettering Buccleuch Academy.

The Primary department provides strong foundations for children who start their learning journey at Kettering Buccleuch Academy. Children benefit from being part of an all through academy, 4 to 18, by being able to access specialist teaching, learning spaces and resources. The state of the art building and facilities have been designed to enable teaching staff to teach an enriched creative curriculum which will inspire and enable children to achieve the highest possible academic and personal achievements.

The curriculum has been designed to motivate, engage and develop lifelong learning skills and to provide opportunities for children to participate in a rich and varied range of enrichment activities. We teach children to make connections in their learning which supports their ability to apply skills and knowledge across all areas. Staff are committed to providing a broad challenging curriculum that captures and engages, that motivates and inspires, that prepares children for future learning. Staff believe that learning should be fun and that the best learning takes place in a climate of positivity.

Our expectations are that all children should strive to do their best, to participate, to become responsible and to positively and enthusiastically contribute to their community. We encourage children to be part of the school council and provide opportunities to share their opinions, thoughts and ideas. This helps to prepare them to be part of a rich and diverse democratic society. We believe that children should be given time to reflect on their actions, learning and their future. Children will be taught how to develop resilience, become resourceful and understand how they are able to take calculated risks and make informed decisions. Information is shared through lessons, assemblies, literature and exposure to positive and successful role models.

The academy House system has been created to foster responsibility in children, to provide opportunities to be part of a 'family' that strives towards the same aspirational goal, to support others in that challenge and to engage all in demonstrating and modelling the values of KBA. Children will learn how to form positive relationships, develop personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness and discover how they are able to fulfil personal goals and ambitions. Staff are committed to creating learning partnerships with parents and the community.

We highly value close links between school and home so that effective working relationships can be created and grown. Through working together we can achieve the best for each child. All parents, staff and children are asked to enter into a Home – School contract. This details our commitment to and expectations of children in terms of their behaviour, achievement and attitude. We believe that this helps all children to be the best that they can be whilst also helping others to aspire to the same high standards.

We look forward to meeting new parents and children and warmly welcome them to the primary department.

Angela O'Neill
Head of Primary