Thursday, January 26, 2023

Information re: Strike Action at KBA

Teacher strikes: What is happening at Kettering Buccleuch Academy?

Members of the NEU teaching union have voted to strike in our area on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, February 1 (England and Wales)
  • Wednesday, 1 March (Midlands, Western and Eastern regions)
  • Wednesday, 15 March (England and Wales)
  • Thursday, 16 March (England and Wales)

At Kettering Buccleuch Academy some teachers will be on strike and it will be necessary to amend our programme for the day, but the school will be open to as many students as possible.

Further information will be shared with parents as soon as we are able to do so.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Weekly Update : 25th January 2023

Year 9 Options

Year 9 Students have been participating in assemblies throughout this week about their GCSE Options. 

These will be available for parents to view online following our Options Evening on Thursday 23rd February.

Year 13 Town Hall meeting for parents

This will take place through Teams on Tuesday 7th February at 7pm. A link to the meeting will be available on the evening via the KBA website. 

The Town Hall meeting will be hosted by Miss Rao and other key members of the Sixth Form team. Topics will include ‘Countdown to A Level exams and effective revision skills and techniques’, university accommodation support and information about student finance

Sixth Form Valentine’s Cake Sale

Sixth Form students are raising money for their end of Year 13 prom and one of the fund-raising activities will be a Valentine’s themed cake sale which will take place on Friday 10th February. 

If you would like your child/children to support this and purchase some tasty end of term cakes, the cakes will be priced from roughly £1. 

Please note that cash is needed as purchases can’t be made through Scopay

Supporting our local foodbank

Sixth Form students at KBA are organising a collection of food for Kettering Foodbank. The picture shows examples of items that are needed by the foodbank. 

If you would like to support this worthy cause, please take any items to the Sixth Form office – located next to the Food rooms on the N0 corridor before Wednesday 8th February

Year 10 and 12 Art Students Visit To Boughton House

We were delighted to be given the opportunity to take several of our Year 10 and 12 Art students to Boughton Houserecently for a tour of the estate.

KBA has been privileged enough to be asked to design the new sign for the village of Weekley, and several of our talented artists were able to meet with staff from both the estate and the village in order to find out more about the history of our local area, to aid this design process.

Students will now be tasked with designing the new sign, and we are planning to have an exhibition of this wonderful art work during the Easter holidays in Boughton House. We are so proud to be involved in this special project, and we will share regular updates about the design process with you all. 

This week’s PSHE

Votes For Schools   

This week’s Vote Topic focuses on a certain couple who have made the news a lot in recent weeks: Harry and Meghan. In the lessons, voters reflect on some recent headlines and consider the role of the public and the press in driving fascination with the Sussexes. They will then give their definitive verdict on whether or not they are interested in the Royal couple,

Have a look at the lesson – how would you vote?

​pptx icon VFS - 15 min - Harry and Meghan - wk beg 23rd Jan.pptx

Life lessons

This week there is no life lesson session due to the teacher training day on Friday 7th January

Student school council

At KBA we have an active student council who would like to hear your thoughts and opinions – they have placed a feedback box at main receptions for any comments you wish to make.

Keeping Children Safe in the Dark 


As children grow up and become more independent they become more at risk when they start walking themselves to school and are far more likely to become a casualty of a road accident. In fact, recent figures show that 5,838 children aged under 15 were injured in road accidents. Furthermore, the peak times for the number of child pedestrians who died or were seriously injured are the ‘school-run’ periods between 8-9am and 3-4pm.

We have been made aware by some parents of concerns they have when seeing students leaving to make their way home at the end of the day as the dark nights continue.

Be aware 

As any parent knows it can be very difficult to get a teenager to part from their mobile phone. Whether they are talking to friends or listening to music on their mobile, they can be distracted. As a result, they are less aware of dangers in their surroundings such as other people or traffic. Furthermore, the dark conditions increase the risk of danger. If your teenager insists on wearing their headphones, encourage them to opt for the ear bud types and ideally only use one side. Often teenagers walk in packs and are chatting and showing off and simply not paying attention. Sadly it is often on these occasions that accidents can occur.

Dark nights and stranger danger

If your child travels on their own, encourage them to take the safest and best-lit routes and to avoid dark shortcuts. Encourage them to walk confidently, even if they don’t feel it, especially in the dark. Help them work out strategies for dealing with difficult situations in the dark so that they know what to do in an emergency. For example, shouting for help if someone approaches them in an aggressive manner. Ensure they know to immediately give up any valuables if someone tries to mug them. Possessions can be replaced, but lives are lost too swiftly.

General road sense

Children and teenagers should be aware of basic road sense such as ensuring they walk on the road facing the oncoming traffic. The Highway Code states that “If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. Electric cars are quiet, so you may not hear them coming.

Cyclists and the dark 

It is obviously essential for cyclists to stay visible while cycling at night. Therefore, it is vital bikes are prepared for night use. The following advice is useful for parents and carers of children who cycle to school.

Legal lights

If you are on the roads when it’s dark, then your bicycle is legally required to have both lights and reflectors fitted. Your front light must be white and offer 110-degree visibility. This requirement is designed specifically to make the cyclist more visible from different angles.

Rear is red

Your rear light must be red. Both front and back lights are permitted to flash. In addition, each pedal must also have a red rear reflector and BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear. To give further visibility from the side, you should also consider spoke reflectors.

Check your batteries

Remember that in winter, the light can fade quickly. As a result, a journey that starts in daylight can finish in the dark. Get in the habit of checking your light batteries on a regular basis and replace those that are low.

Keep seen and safe

Once again, high visibility clothing is an effective way to stay visible to other road users. Wearing reflective clothing on the body – in particular on the body parts which move such as gloves or shoes, can help you keep seen and safe. Furthermore, adding a reflective strip on a backpack or jacket increases your visibility too. An extra suggestion is for cyclists to wear a rear light on their backpack or on their helmet. This has the benefit of being at eye level for drivers approaching them on the road behind.

North Northants SEND Team

Please be aware of the information below which we are promoting on behalf of North Northants' SEND team.




 



Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Weekly Update : 18th January 2023

Votes For Schools  

This week our students will be discussing the Prime Minister's thoughts regarding the introduction of compulsory maths study up to the age of 18.

There has been a divide between those supporting this idea and those against. This happens with many new policies. ​Students may hear accusations of back tracking, U-turns and climb downs in the news. There are lots of ways of saying politicians have changed their mind!​

This week's Vote Topic is "Is it okay for the Government to change its mind?' and we are looking forward to some healthy political discussion.



Have a look at the lesson – how would you vote?

PSHE at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

At KBA students are taught PSHE/RSHE through 2 platforms – Votes For Schools and Life lessons.

Some aspects of our PSHE/RSHE/SMSC programme of study incorporate challenging topics, and we make no apologies in ensuring these are delivered to all our students in a safe learning environment. This is so students can ask questions, learn about common misconceptions and prejudices, and be able to make their own informed decisions and choices, after being presented with the full facts.

If you would like further information, please visit the PSHE page on our website - https://kba.uk/secondary/curriculum/smsc-pshe

Please take the time to discuss with your child/children what they have learnt this week 

Some ideas for prompt questions may include:

  • Tell me one thing that you learnt in your PSHE lesson that you didn’t know before the lesson?
  • What did you find interesting about your PSHE lesson?
  • How did you feel about your PSHE lesson today?

Life lessons

This week in our Life lessons time slot the focus will be on careers which is being led by Mr Fraher.

The Rise of Internet Mysogyny

We know that parents and carers will share our concerns about the current media attention surrounding Andrew Tate and the potential effect that this can have on our young people.

For those of you who may merely dismiss Tate as someone who can just be ignored we need to put his influence into context. In July 2022 there were more Google searches for Tate, who was raised on a Luton council estate, than for Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian. Before he was banned from TikTok (he is also excluded from Facebook, YouTube and Instagram) his videos had racked up over 11 billion views.

In order to help parents and carers navigate through this difficult topic we are providing the following advice and guidance.

Watch what they’re watching

Before you address the problem, you must grasp the nettle by going online to see exactly what your kids see. It’s likely to be a shock but that’s kind of the point.

 “The key thing to do is treat the online world as you would do any world your children inhabit,” says Charlotte Aynsley, a safeguarding expert with a focus on keeping children safe online. “Parents have a responsibility to engage with the environment and understand it better. You need to risk assess it like you would a swimming pool. We need to deploy that logic in the online context.”

Give your children a social media toolkit

It might seem obvious but it bears repeating, especially to children: social media makes it easier to say offensive things because you can be anonymous. But that doesn’t mean it’s harmless or acceptable.

Gemma Campbell, counsellor and clinical content specialist at Kooth, one of the UK’s leading provider of NHS-commissioned personalised digital mental health support, advises that “when determining whether content may be misogynistic, think about whether you could say this to a girl or women you respect in person.” She also has a little social media toolkit of questions for children to keep in mind when using social media: “How does this content make me feel? How does this content affect those I care about? Is there a counter argument, or challenge to what I’ve just viewed?”

Lean on movies, books and apps

There are so many resources available that offer either the flipside to Tate’s ideology or lift the bonnet on the workings of social media. The best example of the latter is Netflix’s The Social Dilemma which should be essential viewing for teenagers. 

Then there are apps such as luna which is dedicated to teen health and wellbeing – and is an antidote to unregulated content creators, powerful algorithms and the spread of inaccurate information. “We’ve built luna so that teenagers can feel supported throughout adolescence and know that whatever they read or watch on luna is accurate and made with their best interests in mind,” explains co-founder Jas Schembri.

For younger children it’s important to expose them to story books that have strong, intelligent female protagonists (Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty is brilliant) or showing male characters who are gentle (The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is a classic example). Teenagers would do well to read The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, as well as Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates. Parents should be prepared to discuss books, TV shows, podcasts, films or any online content that explores misogyny with their children.

Listen and ask questions

Be prepared to listen, even if all you want to do is lecture. Ask your children what they know about Tate. If they like him, ask them why. Ask them how he makes them feel. When they respond, try to suspend judgement – interrupting or scoffing is a non-starter. 

This is a view shared by actor Angus Castle-Doughty, who plays a misogynist incel in Hollyoaks and who prepared for the role by undertaking extensive research into the dark world his character inhabits. 

He has been particularly struck by how online misogynists make boys feel seen and heard. “Some boys feel they are being heard for the first time,” he says. “The biggest take-aways from my storyline are [to think about] the way we talk to boys and how lonely some boys are. The first thing to do is listen to them, rather than talk at them. Then you’ll get to the emotion behind the thing they are saying. Otherwise you are going ‘what you’ve said is bad and here’s why’ and it doesn’t change anything because [your son] will still feel scared and alone.”

Show your kids how to block content

Enabling your kids to take control of the types of content they’re seeing as well as general education about how to be safe online can help them to see that social media is a place to both be wary of and enjoy. Show them how to block or report misogynistic (or generally hateful) content on the various social media platforms.

Don’t give up

However difficult it is, however awkward you find it or however angry it makes you - the most important thing is to talk about it. Andrew Tate and all he represents is too dangerous to stay silent on.

Ask for Help

If you are facing problems with your child in relation to this topic please contact  Mr Henton (Senior Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead). He will be happy to signpost you to other resources and support.

Student school council

At KBA we have an active student council who would like to hear your thoughts and opinions – they have placed a feedback box at main receptions for any comments you wish to make.

Year 9 Options

Year 9 Students will begin to have assemblies about their GCSE Options on Monday 23rd January. These assemblies will take place all week in the Theatre. 

These will be available for parents to view online following Options Evening on Thursday 23rd February.

Bookbuzz

Bookbuzz is a reading programme that aims to inspire a love of reading for 11- to 13-year-olds. 

All of the Bookbuzz books have been carefully selected by experts to ensure quality, suitability and to encourage reading for pleasure. 

Here at KBA, we are passionate about reading for pleasure and understand the immeasurable benefits that are achieved from regular reading, so we were very excited to take part. 

Just before Christmas, students in year 7 and 8 were able to select a book from a choice of 17, which KBA pledged to gift to them in the new year. 

Students will receive their chosen book which they can read at home or at school or both! 

Lastly, the books that the students have selected all have an AR quiz linked to them, so once students have finished reading them, they can also complete the quiz and move closer to achieving their termly reading target.


 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Weekly Update : 12th December 2022

Cost Of Living Support

If you would like to find out about how North Northamptonshire Council may be able to help you with cost of living support, please visit the website below.




Main Reception

Our main reception is very busy between 8.15am and 9:00am and again from 2.45pm to 3.30pm. This may result in a longer waiting time to speak to someone if you are calling between these times

Please be reminded that you are able to notify us of your child's absence via our dedicated email address studentabsence@kba.uk.

Seneca Winners

Congratulations to the following students for ending this term at the top of their year group for total study time on Seneca! One of our students has completed an amazing 163 hours of study time!

Each student was rewarded for their hard work with a £10 gift voucher.

Sonia – Year 7

Imogen – Year 8

Sam – Year 9

Lauren – Year 10

Pippa – Year 11

Joanne – Year 12

Joshua – Year 13

Vocational course information

If you are a parent/guardian of a student in year 10 or 11 who studies Child Development, Business BTEC/OCR or PE OCR keep an eye out for an e-mail with a link to a Microsoft form that need to be completed before the start of the new term.

PSHE at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

At KBA students are taught PSHE/RSHE through 2 platforms – Votes For Schools and Life lessons.

Some aspects of our PSHE/RSHE/SMSC programme of study incorporate challenging topics, and we make no apologies in ensuring these are delivered to all our students in a safe learning environment. This is so students can ask questions, learn about common misconceptions and prejudices, and be able to make their own informed decisions and choices, after being presented with the full facts.

If you would like further information, please visit the PSHE page on our website - https://kba.uk/secondary/curriculum/smsc-pshe

Please take the time to discuss with your child/children what they have learnt this week.

Some ideas for prompt questions may include:

  • Tell me one thing that you learnt in your PSHE lesson that you didn’t know before the lesson?
  • What did you find interesting about your PSHE lesson?
  • How did you feel about your PSHE lesson today?

Votes For Schools

For the last VFS of the year, voters are considering the current flurry of strikes and whether the festive period is the right time for these to happen. During their lessons, they will consider the reasons workers go on strikes and the implications this will have in December and beyond

Careers at KBA

 

At KBA all students in years 7-13 have access to the Unifrog platform, an unbiased destinations platform that offers guidance to student about the pathways available to them as well as delivering regular webinars on current affairs and global topics.

 

Each week we will share details of upcoming webinars that students can sign up for by logging in to their account via www.unifrog.org

 

Explore construction apprenticeships and get top tips on how to apply – Wednesday 14thDecember @ 16:30

 

Free student webinars with Aspire Higher

 

Join the University of Hertfordshire Widening Access Team to get top tips on the next steps. 5:30 to 6:30 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 28th February - Student Finance and Responding to Offers

Register here - University of Hertfordshire Widening Access Webinars (office.com)

 

 

Apprenticeships

 

 

 

Careers and Higher Education Evening 

Thursday 30th March 2022 


We are pleased to announce the date of the largest school-based careers event in Northamptonshire. More details will be released closer to the time but if you or someone you know would be interested in being involved in the event please email stephenfraher@kba.uk

 

All students from years 7-13 have access to our on-site impartial careers guidance offered by Prospects. If you would like your child to be added to the waiting list please email Mr Fraher our careers lead stephenfraher@kba.uk

 

Attendance

 

Attendance is an integral part of future success in school and here at KBA we put an enormous emphasis on the need for students to be here every day.

 

The attendance lead for the academy is Mr Fraher who works alongside Mrs Bell (Attendance Officer) and Mrs Webb (Attendance Coordinator).

 

Each week we will share key information with regards to attendance and reminders of processes in place.

 

End of term attendance update

 

You will shortly be receiving your child’s attendance summary shortly. This will update your on their % attendance for the year-to-date.

 

Please take the time to discuss this with them and look at how close they were to the academy’s 96% minimum expectation and what they could improve upon next term.

 

Students going home during the school day


As a school we are currently looking at the ways in which we 'Work Together' to improve attendance so that your child(ren) can attend and achieve to the best of their ability. We recognise that some pupils find it harder to attend school than others and therefore want to work with pupils and parents to remove any barriers to attendance by building strong relationships and working together to put the right support in place.

We acknowledge that pupils can become ill during the school day and need to go home because of this. As a school we have updated our procedures in order to ensure that your child is looked after to the best of our ability. Because of this, moving forward, pupils who feel unwell will need to speak to their Head of Year who will assess the situation alongside the on-site medical team. Pupils will be sent home and their absence authorised if their temperature is above 38 degrees and/or they have been physically sick. You will then be contacted and asked to collect your child so that we can hand over duty of care to an adult. Where pupils do not need to be sent home they will be monitored, and you will be contacted to ensure that any relevant information is passed on. 

If you need any further support or details about this, please get in contact with us.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Weekly Update : 5th December 2022

Cold Weather 

The weather forecast for the remainder of this week predicts a significant dip in temperatures. 

As a consequence of this we will be opening the ground floor of the building to students during break and lunchtime. Floors 1 and 2, which would normally be open for toilet access, will be closed. Toilet areas on the ground floor will be opened to students.

Students will still be required to purchase 'grab and go' food items in the marquee areas. Plated hot meals will still be available in the KBA Cafe with students taking up the option of a hot meal asked to eat at tables in the cafe.

We would like to ask for your support in ensuring that students are reminded of the importance of not dropping litter anywhere on site. We have a large number of bins, including those designated for recycling, but a small minority of students are not using these. The knock-on effect of this is an increased workload for staff who could be more gainfully employed on other duties.





Term Dates

Please be reminded of our term dates for the rest of the academic year. These are shown below.



Christmas Arrangements (Secondary Years)

We are busily preparing for the end of the Autumn Term and would like to share the following information.

We will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday 15th December. This is a reward for students and staff and there is no requirement to make a charitable donation on this occasion.

We do, however, ask for your support in ensuring that students wear clothing that is appropriate for school. The following items are not allowed and students may be asked to change if they insist on wearing them:

  • very short shorts or skirts
  • crop tops which leave midriffs uncovered
  • clothing which reveals underwear
  • clothing with offensive or inappropriate logos or wording


The last day of term* for students will be Thursday 15th December and the academy will close at 3:00pm on this day.

*Please be aware that the Hamiltons bus service is not able to be rescheduled and will still collect students at 4:00pm on Thursday 15th December. If you would like your child(ren) to leave at 3:00pm rather than at this time please make arrangements to accommodate this.

Save the Children Sixth Form Christmas Jumper Day 

On Thursday 8th December, we are once again inviting Sixth Form students to take part in the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. 

Our Sixth Form students will be able to wear their silliest, sparkliest or cosiest Christmas jumpers and make a donation of £2 or more (or whatever you can afford) to support the important charity work of Save the Children. 

You don’t even need to splash out on a new jumper to take part. Just decorate an old or plain jumper with tinsel, baubles or homemade snowflakes, to create unique crafty crackers! 

For every £2 donation this year the government have pledged to double it.

Please make your donation via KBA’s online payment system; Scopay.

8/12 6TH FORM SAVE THE CHILDREN XMAS JUMPER DAY.

Feedback from Year 9 Parents Evening

Following the parents evening last week we have received some feedback from parents and teachers and would like to clarify the three points below.

  1. All students must choose either Geography or History but they may also pick the other as one of their free choices. For example a student might choose Geography, History and one other subject.
  2. You can view the list of subjects we offer now via the curriculum section of the website. Click here and scroll down to the Key Stage 4 section. In addition to these we will also be offering GCSE Computer Science next year. Please be aware that not all courses are open to all students and courses will only run if a sufficient number of students choose that subject. Full details of this will be communicated with you and your child starting on 30th January 2023.
  3. Following on from parents' evening you may want to know how to check your child's progress on Seneca. Seneca is an online learning platform used by several subject areas across the academy for homework, revision and independent work. Click here and create a parent account for yourself using the email address we have stored for you in Arbor. Your parent account will then automatically be linked to your child. You will then be able to see upcoming assignments and past performance.

Bedrock Update

This is the last week of Bedrock homework. For years 7-10, there will no Bedrock homework set until w/c 23rd January so that students can focus on their mid-year tests. However, students will still be able to complete Bedrock, in school, during registration.

PSHE at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

At KBA students are taught PSHE/RSHE through 2 platforms; Votes For Schools and Life lessons.

Some aspects of our PSHE/RSHE/SMSC programme of study incorporate challenging topics, and we make no apologies in ensuring these are delivered to all our students in a safe learning environment. This is so students can ask questions, learn about common misconceptions and prejudices, and be able to make their own informed decisions and choices, after being presented with the full facts.

If you would like further information, please visit the PSHE page on our website.

Please take the time to discuss with your child/children what they have learnt this week. 

Some ideas for prompt questions may include:

  • Tell me one thing that you learnt in your PSHE lesson that you didn’t know before the lesson?
  • What did you find interesting about your PSHE lesson?
  • How did you feel about your PSHE lesson today?

This Week's Votes For Schools Topic 

This week, students are discussing food banks. 

They explore some of the factors driving the cost of living crisis, consider key statistics surrounding food banks, and reflect on what recent stories show about UK society today.

Mid-Year Assessments 

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10

Students in Year 7 to 10 will be sitting their mid year assessments next term, beginning on Monday 9th January 2023.

To support students' preparation for these assessments, we will:

  • Provide students with an assembly, to ensure they are prepared for the assessments
  • Give all students the dates and times of their assessments
  • Set homework tasks which are linked to the knowledge required in the assessments
  • Plan lessons which include opportunities to revise key topics/skills
  • Full attendance is a vital part of this process. This is an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to gauge a students' performance in exam conditions. 

Year 12 

Students in Year 12 will be sitting their Mid-Year assessments next term, beginning on 4th January 2023.
 
To support students’ preparation for these assessment, we will:
  • Provide students with a Global Learning session, to ensure they are prepared for the assessments
  • Set homework tasks which are linked to the knowledge required in the assessments
  • Plan lessons which include opportunities to revise key topics/skills
Full attendance is a vital part of this process. This is an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to gauge a students' performance in exam conditions. 

Year 11 Important Dates

A reminder that the second and final Year 11 parents evening takes place Thursday 26th January. 

Also, Year 11 students start their second set of mock examinations on Monday 27th February. 

We will send further details nearer the time.

Year 11 Prom

We are already beginning to make plans for next year's Year 11 Prom at Boughton House.

This is an invitation only event and students in Year 11 are being awarded points throughout the year via ClassDojo in relation to their attendance, punctuality and behaviour.

We will be providing more details regarding the Prom for parents of students in Year 11 at the start of the next calendar year.

Student Boxing Success

KBA student Tiana enjoyed success last weekend as she clinched a gold medal at the England Boxing Women’s Winter Box Cup. You can read more about Tiana's medal-winning exploits by clicking here.

Staying Safe On Social Media

Please see the poster below, produced by National Online Safety, which provides information, advice and guidance in relation to social media and mental health.



Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Weekly Update : 28th November 2022

Year 9 Parents' Evening and Options process

We look forward to our Year 9 students and parents having conversations with their teachers about their progress this Thursday 1st December. Please ensure you have read the letter emailed to you this week about the GCSE Options process. We hope this parents evening will give you an opportunity to talk to staff in advance of this next year. 

For your information the key dates are: 

  • 30th January – students begin to have assemblies for all the different option subjects 
  • 20th February – Options book and course information available through the academy website 
  • 23rd February – GCSE Options evening 
  • 24th February – GCSE Options forms are released (online process) 
  • 6th March – Deadline for forms to be submitted 
  • 24th March – Students receive letter confirming their courses
  • Seneca Update

We will be awarding prizes at the end of this term to reward the student in each year group who has the highest total study time on Seneca – you can track study time and progress on Seneca at home by making your own parent account. This will automatically be linked to your child if you use the same email address as is stored on Arbor.

Years 7 to 10 will be beginning to think about their mid-year assessments. Seneca can be used at home to start to prepare for these tests. Use the curriculum newsletters or the school website to make sure you are studying the topics that will be on your mid-year test!

INSET Day Reminder

Please remember that this Friday (2nd December) is an INSET Day and, therefore, the academy is closed to students.

Christmas Arrangements (Secondary Years)

We are busily preparing for the end of the Autumn Term and would like to share the following information.

We will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday 15th December. This is a reward for students and staff and there is no requirement to make a charitable donation on this occasion.

We do, however, ask for your support in ensuring that students wear clothing that is appropriate for school. The following items are not allowed and students may be asked to change if they insist on wearing them:

  • very short shorts or skirts
  • crop tops which leave midriffs uncovered
  • clothing which reveals underwear
  • clothing with offensive or inappropriate logos or wording


The last day of term* for students will be Thursday 15th December and the academy will close at 3:00pm on this day.

*Please be aware that the Hamiltons bus service is not able to be rescheduled and will still collect students at 4:00pm on Thursday 15th December. If you would like your child(ren) to leave at 3:00pm rather than at this time please make arrangements to accommodate this.


Rockin' Rodeo

On Friday 9th December students and staff will be taking part in our Rockin' Rodeo House Competition in the KBA Theatre.



Cost Of Living Support

If you live in North Northants and would like to find out more about the range of support that is available in relation to the cost of living, please click here.

 A variety of community organisations across North Northamptonshire also offer food banks and meals for those in need. For a map of organisations offering food parcels or meals please click here.

As an academy we hold a supply of second-hand uniform items. If you are struggling to meet the costs of items of uniform please contact kellybrace@kba.uk for information about this.




Enrichment : Do More Be More

We have a wide range of Enrichment activities taking place throughout the week which students are actively encouraged to take part in.

The images below give an overview of the current offer. Should you have any questions relating to enrichment, please contact Mr Williams (benwilliams@kba.uk)












Community Event


We are happy to promote and support the Grange and Avondale Christmas Community Fayre which takes place on Tuesday 6th December from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Grange Shopping Precinct.

Further details below.


Careers at KBA

 At KBA all students in years 7-13 have access to the Unifrog platform, an unbiased destinations platform that offers guidance to student about the pathways available to them as well as delivering regular webinars on current affairs and global topics.

Each week we will share details of upcoming webinars that students can sign up for by logging in to their account via www.unifrog.org

EY application masterclass and explore degree apprenticeships – Wednesday 30th November @ 17:00

Hidden gems in The Netherlands – Monday 5th December @ 16:00

How to choose the best GCSEs for you – Tuesday 6th December @ 16:30

Free student webinars with Aspire Higher

Join the University of Hertfordshire Widening Access Team to get top tips on the next steps. 5:30 to 6:30 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 28th February - Student Finance and Responding to Offers

Wednesday 8th March - Year 10 Pathways after GCSE

Tuesday 25th July - Preparing for Results Day

Register here - University of Hertfordshire Widening Access Webinars (office.com)

KPMG – Global professional services and accounting firm.

We have an exciting opportunity upcoming with the global professional services and accounting firm, KPMG on Monday 5th December 5pm – 6pm via Zoom. The event is completely free and open to students interested in a career in professional services such as audit, tax, legal and advisory services. 

All students need to do is sign up using the link below, parents/guardians are welcome to attend this event too.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KPMG-Insight-Event

Careers Evening for Parents 

An email has been sent to all parents regarding upcoming FREE events with InvestIN. Please follow this link to register for the events below Events for Parents | InvestIN – InvestIN Education

  • 30th November – Finding a future in finance
  • 7th December – Succeeding in psychology

Barclays Virtual Career Events 2022 – 2023

Apprenticeship Opportunities 2023

We are excited to invite you to a series of virtual career events where you will get to experience life at Barclays and an exclusive view of our current Apprentice job opportunities for 2023.

30.11.2022 Barclays Functions Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252453

01.12.2022 Barclays Operations Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252454

06.12.2022 Barclays Retail Banking Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252455

Careers and Higher Education Evening - Thursday 30th March 2022 

We are pleased to announce the date of the largest school-based careers event in Northamptonshire. More details will be released closer to the time but if you or someone you know would be interested in being involved in the event please email stephenfraher@kba.uk

All students from years 7-13 have access to our on-site impartial careers guidance offered by Prospects. If you would like your child to be added to the waiting list please email Mr Fraher our careers lead stephenfraher@kba.uk

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Weekly Update : 23rd November

Modeshift Stars : Silver Award

We are celebrating becoming the first secondary school in Northamptonshire to be awarded the Modeshift STARS silver award.

This project involves promoting active travel as well as becoming more carbon neutral. The academy worked alongside local community business Brightwayz throughout the project and we would like to express their thanks to Alison Holland and her team.

Several initiatives contributed to the silver award including:

  • the creation and implementation of a school active travel policy and action plan
  • the creation of a park and stride scheme
  • walking bubbles
  • all year groups from 7-13 receiving bespoke active travel PSHE lessons
  • hosting and supporting local bike rides
  • Bikeability courses and also bike maintenance. 

As a result the academy see’s 58% of their students walk to school in comparison to a county wide average of 44% - source – the Northamptonshire children and young people health and well being survey 2022.

The image below shows Alison Holland from Brightwayz presenting the award to Mr Thres.



Curriculum Newsletter

Please check your emails for the first of our Curriculum Newsletters which we have sent out. 

These are year group specific documents giving you information about what your child is studying this term, some key dates for exams and assessments and guidance on preparation students will do for these. 

More detailed information about specific subjects is available in the curriculum area of the academy website. 

Please direct any questions to Heads of Department whose contact information can be found on the academy website.

Bedrock Update 

Every week, students in years 7-11, are expected to hit a 20-point target. Moving forward, students must complete vocabulary work only.  

Please remember that Bedrock homework is set from Monday and the cut off for completion is Sunday evening. 

We try to support students with this target by allocating them at least one form time session per week. 

If you have any Bedrock questions, please contact stephaniepower@kba.uk for support.

KBA Book Amnesty

We had a great response from all years, finishing with a fantastic total of 63 books returned. All students who returned books were awarded merits and entered into a prize draw. 

The lucky winners were Jack in Year 5 and Grey in Year 10. These students have been awarded vouchers and books as prizes. 

There is always time to return any overdue books should you find any at home, in lockers or bags. The library is open every day. 

Boughton Estate

We would like to promote the following as part of our on-going links with His Grace, the Duke of Buccleuch's estate.

Get into the Christmas spirit at Boughton House. Find your perfect premium Christmas tree, discover a range of traditional tree stands, handmade wreaths, decorations, gifts, gin and enjoy a walk in the gardens.

1-5pm Saturday 26 November until Sunday 11 December. Open 10am until 5pm.

Careers at KBA

 

At KBA all students in years 7-13 have access to the Unifrog platform, an unbiased destinations platform that offers guidance to student about the pathways available to them as well as delivering regular webinars on current affairs and global topics.

 

Each week we will share details of upcoming webinars that students can sign up for by logging in to their account via www.unifrog.org

 

Exploring accounting and management with University of Bath 

Tuesday 29th November @ 17:00


EY application masterclass and explore degree apprenticeships 

Wednesday 30th November @ 17:00

 

Free student webinars with Aspire Higher

 

Join the University of Hertfordshire Widening Access Team to get top tips on the next steps. 5:30 to 6:30 pm on the following dates:


Tuesday 28th February - Student Finance and Responding to Offers

Wednesday 8th March - Year 10 Pathways after GCSE

Tuesday 25th July - Preparing for Results Day

 

Register here - University of Hertfordshire Widening Access Webinars (office.com)

 


  

Careers Evening for Parents 


An email has been sent to all parents regarding upcoming FREEevents with InvestIN. Please follow this link to register for the events below Events for Parents | InvestIN – InvestIN Education

 

  • 30th November – Finding a future in finance
  • 7th December – Succeeding in psychology

 

 

Barclays Virtual Career Events 2022 – 2023


Apprenticeship Opportunities 2023

 

We’re excited to invite you to a series of virtual career events where you will get to experience life at Barclays and an exclusive view of our current Apprentice job opportunities for 2023.

 

 

29.11.2022 Barclays Technology Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252452

 

30.11.2022 Barclays Functions Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252453

 

01.12.2022 Barclays Operations Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252454

 

06.12.2022 Barclays Retail Banking Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

https://eu.eventscloud.com/200252455

 

Careers and Higher Education Evening - Thursday 30th March 2022 


We are pleased to announce the date of the largest school-based careers event in Northamptonshire. More details will be released closer to the time but if you or someone you know would be interested in being involved in the event please email stephenfraher@kba.uk

 

All students from years 7-13 have access to our on-site impartial careers guidance offered by Prospects. If you would like your child to be added to the waiting list please email Mr Fraher our careers lead stephenfraher@kba.uk