Core Ethos and Values

Kettering Buccleuch Academy is part of United Learning, a group of schools committed to providing excellent education through which all pupils are able to progress, achieve and go on to succeed in life. Our approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond our community, in the interests of young people everywhere. We summarise this ethos as ‘the best in everyone’. 

This ethos underpins our core values:


value ourselves and others;


achieve the best for ourselves and others;


overcome obstacles and reach success.

The Four Houses

At Kettering Buccleuch Academy every student and member of staff belongs to one of our four Houses; Braveheart, Griffin, Phoenix and Viking.

When new students join us they are placed in a House with siblings being in the same House as each other.

Throughout the academic year there are a range of competitions which are designed to promote healthy competition and help to establish a sense of belonging and community. These competitions range from traditional sporting activities to our very own versions of game shows such as Countdown, Catchphrase and University Challenge.

Our Head of Ethos and Values, Mr Mba, leads the House championship with support from staff and students.

At all times during competitions our students and staff are asked to uphold our core values of respect, ambition and determination.

At the end of each academic year the winners of the House Championship are presented with The Buccleuch Cup as recognition for their achievements.

KBA Values Board

The image below provides a visualisation of our core values at Kettering Buccleuch Academy.

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