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Welcome to Kettering Buccleuch Academy


It is with great pride that I write to you as the Principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy.


We have wonderful children, skilled and dedicated staff and superb buildings which have been nominated for 'Best School Buildings in the UK'.  The atmosphere within our school is a great foundation but we can achieve far more.  We have embarked upon a journey and we are travelling fast, to become the undoubted first choice for education in our region, whether that be selective, comprehensive or independent.

I am so excited by the potential of our community. A new and innovative community of children aged 4-19.  We welcome children in Reception at the start of their learning journey and support their development through Primary, into Secondary and on into our Sixth Form.  We receive children and support them to develop as an individual to leave us as skilled, rounded and qualified young adults.  They will then be ready to take their place in the modern world economy, whether continuing to the very best Universities, or having a secure foothold in the world of work.  Ours is becoming the community of first choice to release the potential of all.

My and our philosophy is simple.  We challenge and support each and every child to achieve more than they thought themselves capable of, whilst at the same time finding school life to be more enjoyable than they thought it was supposed to be.  Mature and mutually respectful relationships characterise our community and we strive for excellence in every way, leaving no stone unturned.

Our aim is to be nothing less than a beacon school in the region, be respected as a ‘Beyond Outstanding’ Academy and to be recognised as a national and international innovative model of best practice.

Our name reflects our strong links with the Duke of Buccleuch, whose family connection with Kettering stretches back for almost 500 years and remains very much alive today. We are delighted to be supported by the Duke’s estate and benefit from its experience in promoting education in this area.

Please come along and visit us to experience our unique ethos, community and environment for yourself.  We would very much like to meet you and your family and invite you to join our family and become a special part of our bright future.

James Bowkett



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