Today is the first day of term for students across the country but for students at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, today is extra special as they are moving into their brand new building. This is the first time since the academy opened in 2009 that all children in the 4-19 academy will be housed on the same site on Weekley Glebe Road.
To help students settle into the new building, they are being moved in two stages. Pupils in the Primary Department (Reception to Year 6) and older students in Years 10 and 11 and the Sixth Form are returning to the academy today whilst the rest of the students will start to get to know their new school building tomorrow.
The brand new building is fully equipped with the most modern facilities including:
- A theatre
- A Sports Pavilion
- A floodlit, all-weather pitch
- State-of-the-art science laboratories, media suites, music rooms and art studios
- An ICT rich environment with the latest technology applied into every teaching room and social area
- A Hearing Impaired Unit
- A dedicated Sixth Form area.
Principal Dawn Cotter said:
“We are all incredibly excited to move into our magnificent new building. Whilst today is the culmination of four years of building work, it is just the beginning of another new phase in the life of the academy with everyone all together ‘under one roof’ at last.
“The facilities are spectacular and it has been such a pleasure to see how much the students are in awe of the new building. Every time they enter a new room, the students’ faces light up and they can’t wait to start discovering all the new equipment.
“We are very grateful to Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council for their continued support and thank our neighbours for their patience and understanding whilst construction took place. We are greatly looking forward to showing them around the new building and sharing our facilities with them.”