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)







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 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.