Kettering Buccleuch Academy is committed to providing students with the knowledge, experience and guidance necessary in building aspirations for future careers and studies.

This is achieved through a structured and progressive careers plan from EYFS through the year 13, which provides students with the individualised, focussed support needed to aid their decisions and future progressions, with the ultimate aim of supporting students to make the right decisions for the their futures.

The Careers Lead at Kettering Buccleuch Academy is our Assistant Principal, Stephen Fraher (

Key partnerships:

  • NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Programme) NCOP
    • A representative of NCOP is based within the academy once a week and provides us with the opportunity to access careers activities that are funded to allow increased engagement of less privileged students with further education.
  • SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) SEMLEP
    • Our involvement with SEMLEP allows us to share good practice with other education facilities within the local area and provides us with access to a wide variety of careers opportunities.
  • NITAL Training and Development NITAL
    • As part of our partnership with NITAL, monthly drop-in services are provided for students to allow them to meet directly with NITAL to discuss potential involvement with their training programmes.
  • Unifrog Unifrog
    • Unifrog is a very new initiative within the academy. The platform is used by all students from years 7-13 and provides them with a one-stop shop to access everything careers related, focussing on increasing awareness, developing understanding of the needs of different careers route, and allowing them to complete a progressive plan of their future steps.
  • University of Northampton UoN
    • We work closely with the University of Northampton to provide students with the opportunity to experience all that university entails.
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  • Knights of Old Knights of Old Group
    • Our working partnership with the Knights of Old Group has enabled several students to complete working placements with them, as well as engaging our younger students with the logistics of the company.
  • Prospects Prospects
    •  We have funded a programme that allows all students in year 11 to receive a 1-2-1 careers interview with a careers professional. Students in other year groups also have the opportunity to access this support upon request.

Enterprise Programmes:

Kettering Buccleuch Academy is committed to providing students with challenges beyond the classroom that require them to use and develop skills that will be useful to them within the workplace and during their post-16/18 studies.

  • Future Factor- in conjunction with Surbiton High (Years 7-13)
  • Scholars Club- UoN (Years 7-11)
  • Youth Employment UK

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:

Parents’ Pack Apprenticeship Information

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Secondary/Sixth Form Careers Provision

The table below details the common Learning Objectives that run across all phases each term. Phase appropriate activities are delivered through pastoral lesson and careers sessions to achieve the learning objective.

Key aspects of the programme include:

  • The use of the Unifrog platform to provide student with access to pathways, further education opportunities, recording their achievements, tracking their intentions and drafting application materials
  • A thorough careers enrichment timetable that provides students with the opportunity to liaise with careers professional
  • 1-2-1 careers interviews for all students in year 11 and access if requested for other year groups
  • Higher ability PP programme
  • University visits at various points throughout their time at the academy
  • 1-2-1 UCAS support for 6th form students
  • Opportunities to engage directly with employers and professionals through our Careers Seminars
  • Aspiration visits to Cambridge University for the highest performing students in years 9-12.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Our careers strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme. 


Employer Engagement – Help us to help you

We know that employers in the UK have concerns about skills gaps and the work-readiness of some young people.

Kettering Buccleuch Academy is a member of the SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise Network, part of the national Careers and Enterprise Company programme. 

Our aim is that through employer engagement at all ages, we ensure that young people leave our school with the skills, competencies, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by employers for both their own career development and economic sustainability and growth.

We need your help

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:

  • Employer Talks
  • Business site visits
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise activities
  • Work experience and job shadowing
  • Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Mr Fraher at

Careers Advice For Younger Students

The website below offers an interactive look at careers and the skills and knowledge needed in different sectors:


Primary Careers Day 2017

The academy held its annual Primary Careers Day on the 5th July for pupils in Years 4 and 5.

This event is part of the academy's drive to promote the importance of Careers education for students of all ages.































Students then attended a series of workshops looking at careers in healthcare, logistics, engineering, the police, armed forces and graduate professions.  The students behaviour throughout was exemplary and most of them rated the day 10/10 offering excellent reflection on what they learnt.













Students started their day with a version of the game show 'What's My Line' where visiting professionals were asked a series of questions and pupils had to guess their profession. The panel for this included a television presenter, a solicitor, a physiotherapist, a finance director, a media and communications specialist and a research scientist.














Students then attended a series of workshops looking at careers in healthcare, logistics, engineering, the police, armed forces and graduate professions.  The students behaviour throughout was exemplary and most of them rated the day 10/10 offering excellent reflection on what they learnt.












We were pleased to welcome guests from Knights of Old, Northants Police, University of Northampton, BBC Look East, Kettering General Hospital, Unilever, Maziak Compressor Service Limited, Wilson Browne Solicitors, Mahle Engineering and Medical Mavericks and thank them for giving up their time to support our students.


































“I really enjoyed the event this morning it was the most organised event I have ever attended as a STEM ambassador. Please pass my feedback to the school it was a delight to be a part of such an event and the school and the children were wonderful.”

Marie Martin -  Maziak Compressor Service Limited

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