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:

Parents’ Pack Apprenticeship Information

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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 Mrs Massey at

Recent Opportunities


Secondary Careers and Higher Education Evening - 8th March 2018

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

60 organisations gave presentations or provided one to one careers advice to the students and parents who attended.  The presentations included  ‘Applying for medicine and training as a medic’, 'Careers in Sport', ' Applying for Nursing and Midwifery' and 'Careers in Engineering'.  Presentations on apprenticeship routes and different aspects of university were also included in the event.  Employers across many different sectors including engineering, construction, retail, the forces, the legal profession and healthcare, provided an insight into a wide range of potential careers and the different paths that can be taken in order to pursue them.   Our thanks to all those who exhibited at this event.

Ready and Routed Programme

Students in Years 7 and 8 are participating in the ‘Ready and Routed’ enterprise and employability programme.   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.


De Montfort University - Dance Experience Day

Dance students at Key Stage 4 were offered the opportunity to visit De Montfort University for a tailor made Dance Experience Day.  The event gave 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.



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.  Students in Years 9-10 will also be offered this opportunity in the Summer Term.


Birmingham University – Summer Residential

A group of students in Year 10 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. Students who take part in the Scholars' Club in Years 9 and 10 will also be offered this opportunity this year.



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