At Kettering Buccleuch Academy students receive careers advice and guidance through a variety of forums from dedicated sessions as part of the Global Learning Programme to individual events such as our Primary Careers Day and our Secondary Careers and Higher Education Evening.

Recognising that our links with industry and business are important to the development of our students, and to their awareness of the opportunities that are available to them, we have developed a network of companies and providers that offer support and guidance to the academy.  A long standing relationship with our Business Enterprise Partner, Knights of Old, affords our students access to many aspects of the world of work and an appreciation of the skills being sought by employers.

Our ultimate aim is to prepare and equip our students for the responsibilities and opportunities that they will encounter in their careers and assist and support them in making the right decisions for their futures.

Accessing Careers Information

From careers advice through to interview tips, the National Careers Service provides a comprehensive career guide. Access at the website below:

Take the buzz test to find out what kind of person you are and the careers that might suit you:

Forthcoming  Opportunities

Secondary Careers and Higher Education Evening  - 8th March 2018 – 5.30-8.00pm

Following the success of this event in previous years, we are once again offering all KBA students from Years 7-13 and from schools in the surrounding area the opportunity to attend our Careers and Higher Education Evening. 

Last year over 60 organisations gave presentations or provided one to one careers advice.  The presentations included a trainee doctor from Leicester University on ‘Applying for medicine and training as a medic’ and Stuart Ratcliffe from BBC (Look East) outlining ‘Careers in the media’ as well as information on apprenticeship routes and different aspects of university.  A range of employers across many different sectors including engineering, construction, retail, the forces, the legal profession, healthcare and IT, students were able to gain an insight into a wide range of potential careers and the different paths that can be taken in order to pursue them.  We anticipate a similar number of organisations will be in attendance on 8th March 2018. 


Ready and Routed Programme

Students in Years 7 and 8 will be participating in the ‘Ready and Routed’ enterprise and employability programme from January 2018.   The programme involves students taking part in an enterprise workshop in conjunction with business ambassadors, entering an aspiration and competition event, visiting a university, attending an employability workshop and taking part in a social action project.



Big Bang STEAM Event

Students in Key Stage 3 and 4 will be afforded the opportunity to visit The Big Bang event in February 2018.  The event will open up the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) landscape around Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.


Hosted at the inspirational Silverstone Circuit, Big Bang Northants will provide an exciting learning experience for young people. There is also a competition that some of the students who attend the Big Bang event will be entered for:


“Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths (STEAM),
identify and present an idea/product/design to improve an aspect of the transportation
network within Northamptonshire”


Winners will be announced at the event.



De Montfort University - Dance Experience Day

Dance students at Key Stage 4 will be offered the opportunity to visit De Montfort University for a tailor made Dance Experience Day.  The event will give the students the opportunity to appreciate the opportunities a degree in Dance can provide and to understand what it is like to study the subject at university.



Recent Opportunities

Podiatry at the University of Northampton

A group of KS4 students attended a Podiatry workshop at the University of Northampton during the Autumn Term.  This interactive session afforded the students the opportunity to appreciate this specialised aspect of the medical profession and to understand the qualifications and skills needed for a career in this area.


IDEK Careers Presentation

All students in Years 8 and 9 recently attended a presentation on careers delivered by the IDEK Theatre Group.  The drama based presentation focussed on decision- making and choice in relation to careers.


Cambridge University Visit

Image result for cambridge university logoA group of Year 11 and Year 10 students recently visited Cambridge University.  The visit included a session about student life, information regarding making a competitive application and a workshop relating to studying at the university. University – Medics Summer School

In June, a group of students in Years 9-10 attended a residential summer school at Leicester University designed for aspiring medics. The university were greatly impressed with the students and they gained a great insight in the careers available in medicine and university life.




Birmingham University – Summer Residential

A group of students in Year 10 have attended a residential at Birmingham University exploring career routes that include Health Sciences, Business, Law, Engineering, Languages, Social Policy and Biological Sciences.   The summer school was organised by United Learning and involved students who have attended the Scholars’ Club throughout the academic year. The summer school has given the selected students an insight into university life and the nature of studying at university.  The students attended an array or lectures and workshops in addition to a variety of social events and stayed in the Halls of Residence at this prestigious Russell Group university.  This opportunity will again be available at the end of this academic year.


‘Big Bang’ Event: group of our most able students from Years 8-10 attended a ‘Big Bang’ event at Northampton Saints Rugby Ground.  The event was designed to open up the world of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) to the students.  For a first in the county, the event was supported by the Logistics Industry with a dedicated area showcasing the wide range of opportunities in the logistics sector. 



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