Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Weekly Update : 16th November 2022

Secondary Non Uniform Day

Every year we like to be able to support the BBC’s Children In Need fundraising efforts which, I know you will agree, is a caused that is even more worthwhile than normal in these challenging times.

This year we will be holding a Non-Uniform Day for students in secondary years on Monday 21st November.

This event will raise much needed funds for Children In Need whilst also celebrating the start of the FIFA World Cup with England’s first game kicking off on Monday 21st November.

We ask that a minimum donation of £1 is made by parents and carers via ScoPay in advance of the non-uniform day itself. Whilst we prefer payments to be made via ScoPay students will be able to donate their £1 in cash to a member of senior staff as they enter the site on Monday morning should this be necessary.

We ask that you ensure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for an educational setting and that they also bring all of their school equipment with them on the day including their school bag, stationery and Chrome Book with charger

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

Understanding bullying and accessing support – Tuesday 15th November @ 17:00

Why study at a US college in Europe – Monday 21st November @ 16:00

Not sure what to do after year 13 – Tuesday 22nd 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 (

Help your students explore undergraduate study in the USA with the Sutton Trust US Programme!

  • UK-based residential events where students can learn about studying at a US university
  • Free trip to the USA in Summer 2023 to visit college campuses! 
  • In depth advice about applying for funding and scholarships
  • Your students will meet like-minded young people from across the UK
  • Find out more and apply here Sutton Trust US



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

  • 16th November – Future-proofing students
  • 30th November – Finding a future in finance
  • 7th December – Succeeding in psychology

Barclays Virtual Career Events

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.

22.11.2022 Women in Barclays Apprenticeships  (16:30 – 17:30pm)

23.11.2022 Barclays Diversity and Barclays Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

24.11.2022 Multi-generations Barclays Apprenticeships (16:30 – 17:30pm)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

Authorised absence for mental health concerns  

We acknowledge from time to time a parent may ring in to inform us their child is suffering from anxiety or mental health issues. 

As a school, we would like to support these students and families. We will therefore authorise absence for a short period of time to give parents/carers time to make contact with a GP or local supporting agencies. 

In the meantime, our attendance coordinator will speak with tutors, heads of year and other relevant school staff to see if any internal support can be offered. Parents/carers will then be invited into school to meet with us and discuss a way forward.  As a part of this discussion, attendance targets will be set depending on the evidence given to us. Reduced timetables will only be offered in extreme circumstances and always with a view to reviewing and increasing time in school.

This week’s PSHE

Votes For School  

To mark this year's Anti-Bullying Week, voters are exploring the world of "fandoms". They will decide whether or not, in a bid to show appreciation, these sometimes go too far and venture into bullying.  

Life lessons

This week during their life lessons it will be a careers focus.

United Learning Parent/Carer Survey 2022

Our school is part of United Learning, a group of over 90 schools across England and we believe that however good we are, we can be better.  For this reason, we run an annual parent survey so that we can understand your experience as parents/carers of a child at Kettering Buccleuch Academy. Your views are important to us, and your feedback will help us understand what you value most about Kettering Buccleuch Academy and to identify areas for improvement. 

We really hope that you will complete this survey to help us gather your feedback, it takes only 15 minutes to complete, and you can enter into a draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher

Parent Survey Link

The PRIMARY parent survey link for Kettering Buccleuch Academy is:

The SECONDARY parent survey link for Kettering Buccleuch Academy is: 

Some key information:

  • The survey is run by an experienced survey company called Edurio.  Neither the school or United Learning will be able to identify you or your child from your response, unless you write something in one of the free text boxes that identifies you or your child by name. To read our privacy statement in full, please click here.
  • If you have more than on child at the school, complete the survey with your eldest child in mind. You are welcome to complete the survey for each child if you would like to.
  • It is possible for more than one parent/carer wishes to complete the survey for a child.
  • The survey relates to parents/carers of pupils from Reception up to and including Year 13.
  • If you have any problems completing the survey or need any help, please contact out survey lead - Mr Thres

 The deadline for completion is Friday 2nd December.