• The Award for Making a Difference - Secondary School of the Year
  • Kettering Buccleuch Academy
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Kettering, Northamptonshire

This inclusivity-focused academy aims to create a positive learning environment where the street stops at the gate and where every student is helped to succeed.  

Once under-subscribed and in the last decade significantly improved, the academy now boasts an 2021 Ofsted ‘Good’ grading for the first time in its history, with three of six areas (Leadership and Management, Personal Development and Sixth Form) rated as ‘Outstanding’. 

Pupils are encouraged to become independent and inquisitive, joining debates about topical issues and guided by tutors who promote pupils’ understanding of British values, including democracy and individual liberty. 

The Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ judgement for Personal Development of young people was influenced by (among other initiatives) a recent national award win from Votes For Schools for the academy’s Bin The Banter campaign, which tackled the use of inappropriate, sexualised comments and behaviour, and by work with the Princess Diana Trust to act as a training hub for the development of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.