Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Weekly Update : September 19th 2022

Early Closure For Open Evening.

Please remember that the academy will close at 1:10pm on Thursday 29th September for all secondary students as we prepare for our Open Evening.

Equipment Essentials : Tutor Checking Exercise

In last week's blog update we included details of the equipment that all students in years 7-11 are required to have available to them every day in school.

These items were as follows:

Black pen
Green pen
Highlighter (preferred but optional)
Tutors will be carrying out equipment checks during form time from Monday 26th November and will communicate with parents/carers where there are concerns about lack of equipment.

It is important that all students are fully equipped to allow them to fully access learning in the classroom.

Could we also please remind parents and carers of the need to ensure that your child’s Chrome Book is fully charged in readiness for each school day.


We would like to thank all staff and students who have made the first week of the enrichment competition a success. From debate club, lego, creative writing, dungeons and dragons to sports clubs and fixtures it has been great to see so many students making the most  out of the opportunities the fantastic staff at KBA offer our pupils.
Our enrichment competition is where students can win badges, medals and potentially the Enrichment Trophy. To do this students need to log their attendance to all clubs on the enrichment app (on chromebooks and emailed to students).
Please see our amazing offer here on the enrichment page on the KBA website or the app. 
If you have any questions regarding enrichment please email benwilliams@kba.uk and remember that to win points for your House, badges, medals or the trophy students need to log attendance on the app.

Free Webinar

Northants Police are providing a free webinar for parents and carers who want to understand more about criminal exploitation and county lines in Northamptonshire.

During the interactive webinar information will be shared about what criminal exploitation, including county lines, is and how to spot signs it may be happening to your child or a child you know. 

Attendees will learn what it looks like in our local area and where to get advice and support if they are concerned. 

The interactive webinar will also give you the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and connect with others.

The webinar will be hosted live over Zoom and you can register here.


From Monday 27th September Bedrock homework will be set for all students in years 7-11. 

Miss Power will set the homework for all students across the academy but it will be monitored by your child’s English teacher. 

You will be able to see this on SMHW. Homework will be set every Monday but will alternate between vocabulary work and grammar work. Parents will also be emailed their own Bedrock  access codes at the end of this week, so they can monitor and support their child with their Bedrock work.

Year 12 Subject Choices

Year 12 students are able to make changes to their subject choices until September 30th. 

If your son or daughter wishes to request a change of subject they should speak to Mr Hall, or you can email him directly at nickhall@kba.uk

Any changes are subject to the student requesting the change meeting the entry requirements for the subject.’


Parents can check in on student Seneca progress by creating their own account using the email address we have for you on Arbor. Your account will then automatically be linked to your child.

There is an app you can download on your phone to make logging in even easier once you have created your account. The app is simply called 'Seneca' and has the logo of a blue star shape.

You may have seen that students can earn bonus 'XP' on Seneca - this is done by completing Seneca tasks in 'wrong answer mode' (where students are presented with content they have previously got wrong). How many XP can our students get by October half term?

Online Safety

The rest of this week’s blog entry is dedicated to the topic of online safety. Your child’s safety when navigating the online world should be a priority and we hope that the information below is both informative and helpful.

Advice from the NSPCC

Many children enjoy playing online games and having a social media presence. As children get older this often involves speaking with others online and with this comes the potential risk of grooming and exploitation.

Speaking to your child from a young age about who they are talking to online and helping them recognise when a conversation may be putting them at risk can help to keep them safe from abuse. The NSPCC has published new advice on how to start age-appropriate conversations with your child on this challenging topic. The advice includes how to:

• help your child recognise unhealthy online chat

• have age-appropriate conversations about sexual abuse

• explore the different communication features online

• review safety settings.

Help children stay safe on chat apps

The NSPCC have also published safety guides on chat apps. 

Chat apps allow users to send messages, videos, photographs and documents to individuals or groups of people. Personal safety settings should always be used to help ensure children only receive messages from people they know and trust and messages from strangers are automatically blocked. Reassuring children they can talk with you if they feel they may have had a risky conversation is to be recommended.

Most chat apps do have safety settings, if this isn’t the case then such platforms are not to be recommended for children.

If you’re worried about something a child or young person may have experienced online, you can contact the NSPCC helpline for free support and advice. Call 0808 800 5000 or contact NSPCC online.


Grooming is when a person builds a trusted relationship with a child or young person with the intent of tricking or pressuring them into giving something they want from the child. Groomers often want something sexual from a young person. Groomers may use tactics such as flattery or blackmail to get nude images, videos or have sexual conversations with young people. This grooming process can take place over a short or long period of time.

Anyone under 18 who has an explicit or nude image of themselves posted online can anonymously and confidentially make a report to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF can then contact the website where the image has been posted to try to get the image removed.

Nobody should blackmail or pressure anyone into doing something sexual online. If someone is doing this to your child you or they can also make a report to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Young people can also speak to a Childline counsellor.

The Childline website has further advice for parents/carers including: 

  • the signs of grooming
  • how to tell if someone is a groomer
  • what to do if you think you are being groomed.

Asking The Awkward

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has put together guidance on ‘Asking the Awkward’, and this includes talking about teenagers their social or romantic online lives! For many young people, and adults, the online world is an essential component in starting, continuing and ending a romantic relationship!

There are short films that you can watch with your child to help start conversations.
“Our introduction to Asking The Awkward helps you to prepare for regular conversations with your child about online relationships and related topics. It also offers advice on how to keep conversations positive and what to do if your child tells you something that worries you.”


Social media is an intrinsic part of the majority of students’ lives. Each social media platform has a set of rules which set out how they expect users to behave on their platform.

These rules are often called social media ‘community guidelines’. You might also see them referred to as ‘terms of use’.

They cover behaviour that is not allowed and what might happen if one of the community guidelines is broken.

Examples of community guidelines:

  • Do not create material that intends to harass, bully or upset people
  • Do not create material that is discriminatory against someone’s age, race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability
  • Do not promote or share sexually explicit material
  • If someone blocks you, do not contact them from another account
  • Do not share another person’s private information
  • Do not encourage dangerous behaviour or violence

Social media platforms may remove content or suspend an account if it breaks one of their rules. 

When you sign up to a social media platform, you have to agree to follow these rules to be able to use it. You should always read through the guidelines so you know what is acceptable, and what isn’t, on that platform.