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Welcome to the Secondary Years at Kettering Buccleuch Academy. We are delighted to take this opportunity to tell you more about life at KBA and the unique journey we aim to share with all our learners.

We have a relentless focus on high standards by having high expectations, which are explained in our Consistency framework. We aim to create a positive learning environment where the street stops at the gate and where we help every student to succeed. We provide excellent teaching skills and commitment from our staff and this in turn generates enthusiasm and hard work from the students. Our purposeful learning environment supports our students to achieve beyond expectations and challenges them to improve on their personal best.

A love of learning is our priority and the house system supports students in their academic and personal development.

We offer a broad curriculum at KBA which allows flexibility. All students receive the core curriculum of Maths, English and Science, delivered in state of the art classrooms and then there are different options for students in KS3, 4 and 5.

All students are encouraged to opt for subjects they enjoy and maintain a broad and balanced curriculum until the 6th form where they might specialise according to their preferred university or career route.

Like the majority of schools we offer humanities, arts, design technology subjects and languages. This is supported with our programme of ‘Global Learning’ which features current affairs, PSHCE, spirituality, multi-culturalism, extremism and supports a series of visiting speakers to the school.

We have a programme entitled, ‘Thinking Ahead’ which ensures that all students receive the age-related guidance and support they need linking to careers, option choices, vocational training, further and high education routes. We encourage students as young as Year 7 to consider the opportunities that university might afford them and as well as investigating apprenticeships at all levels including those with the top 100 companies such as Rolls Royce.

We aim to identify barriers that may be standing in the way of achievement, understand them in relation to our context and then focus on breaking them down, one by one. We specialise in knowing our community and how best to support all our learners.

The academy aims to develop confident, independent, flexible, self-disciplined and considerate young citizens who have opportunities in and beyond the classroom to develop their academic, sporting, creative and leadership qualities. By providing an atmosphere where hard work is rewarded and by praising them when they do what they should be doing, we strive to have a system which recognises the “best in everyone”.

Please feel free to get in contact directly with us if you would like any further information.

Richard Shaw

Deputy Principal