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 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


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 (



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)


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