Kettering Science Academy
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
About Kettering Science Academy
About Kettering Science Academy
Kettering Science Academy (KSA) gained specialist science status in 2007 and became an Academy within the Brooke Weston Trust in September 2009. We moved into our current, state of the art, multimillion pound, building in 2012. We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding educational experience for all students, liberating talent and celebrating success and achievement. Our supportive community nurtures the aspirations of every student and provides a strong sense of belonging. We are proud of our creative and committed staff who ‘go the extra mile’ to inspire our students every day, and promote discovery in and outside the classroom. We believe that our culture of high expectations and our ambition for all allows every child to excel and achieve.
Kettering Science Academy is now unrecognisable from its predecessor schools Henry Gotch and Ise Community College. We are immensely proud of the hard work and commitment by staff and students, in collaboration with the Trust, that has transformed KSA. Our ambition and drive is strong and we have worked hard to raise standards and aspirations across the school in all areas.
Kettering Science Academy is a calm and productive environment and we continue to make improvements year on year, having recently just achieved the best GCSE results in the history of the academy and that of its predecessor schools.
We have a clear vision and plan for the next stage of KSA’s development and this is clearly an exciting opportunity to became part of a high performing institution. The next stage of the journey will be a challenge, but we guarantee it won’t be boring!
Based in Kettering, Northamptonshire Kettering Science Academy is ideally situated in the Midlands. Easily commutable from the midlands cities of Leicester or Northampton, we are also only an hour’s drive from some of the country’s major cities Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge as well as the capital London. However, if bright lights and city life are not what you are looking for the countryside is also on your doorstep; within minutes you can be in some of the country’s most picturesque scenery walking, riding, or, if you’re more adventurous, taking part in water sports.
Find out more about Northamptonshire here.
We are very privileged to have moved into a new, state of the art, building in 2012. The building is still as impressive as ever. Each classroom is purpose built and equipped with an interactive smartboard. We are proud to have an extensive range of facilities to enhance students’ learning experience, such as our in-house gym and dance studio, music recording studios and Apple Mac suites.
Continuous Professional Development
KSA has a strong range of internal training programmes that staff can access. We are committed to ensuring staff have opportunities provided for their own professional development and are enthusiastic about sharing good practice across the Academy. There are regular training sessions provided for staff on a Thursday evening and we have an in house teaching and learning team who work with staff to help ensure consistency of practice across the Academy.
Curriculum and Learning
Kettering Science Academy is committed to providing students with opportunities to learn about a wide variety of perspectives and values held by different communities across the world and nationally. There is a strong focus on the core areas of English and mathematics and our specialism, science. Year 9 students start GCSE courses early in science and modern foreign languages, and in years 10 and 11 students continue to study English, mathematics, science and sport alongside a range of GCSEs.
Through our pastoral curriculum we ensure that all student needs are met through a programme that is tailored to their personal development as well as their educational development. We ensure that each pupil is stretched and encouraged to achieve. Students’ destinations prove our curriculum prepares them well for when they leave school.
We also offer a breadth of extra-curriculum opportunities for students. There are a number of clubs run after school from sports clubs to a science gardening club. There are also regular residential trips that run from an annual school ski trip to regular trips to Europe, recent destinations including Naples and Normandy, as well as domestic trips, most recently to the V&A in London and The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham.
The Academy day
The teaching day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.20pm. The day is divided into five sessions of sixty-five minutes with two breaks a day including a 15-minute break for breakfast and a 30-minute lunch break. Break and lunch times operate on a rolling system and staff are entitled to a free breakfast and lunch daily as part of their contract. There is the opportunity for students to stay on after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for enrichment clubs. However, the Academy is open until 5.00pm each day for students to use.
Every Tuesday and Thursday staff are required to stay till 5.00pm as part of directed time. On these evenings meetings and training take place.
All students are part of a form group with a Learning Mentor. There are 9 form groups in each year meaning that group sizes are small and strong relationships can be formed between the Learning Mentor and their tutees. Learning Mentors play an important role in pastoral care as they are the first point of contact for parents and will deal with initial enquiries. All year groups are led by a Progress Leader. The Learning Mentors and Progress Leaders move through the school with their year groups, helping promote consistency and allowing for a more personalised approach.
We also have 3 Student Support Officers who work closely with allocated year groups to provide additional support and pastoral care. They are non-teaching members of staff and are available at all times for students and staff.
We have a growing sixth form. The ethos in the sixth form is one of mutual respect and high expectations. Students are expected to work and study independently, using opportunities to discuss subject matter and issues with their peers and staff in a supportive but challenging environment. Students are encouraged to participate and lead activities in the Academy. We expect sixth form students to actively participate in enrichment activities and lead charity events.
About the Brooke Weston Trust
KSA is part of the Brooke Weston Trust and its network of schools. Established in 2007 the Brooke Weston Trust (BWT) has considerably grown over the past nine years and continues to do so. Today the Trust comprises of ten different academies; five secondary schools and five primary schools. The Trust is firmly committed to ensuring that every student should have the best possible education and this vision is instilled across all the academies.
More can be read about the Trust here.
Being a member of the BWT affords us many advantages and opportunities. One of the great benefits is that staff are able to access training and development opportunities at the Brooke Weston Teaching School. This has proved invaluable for staff professional development, something we are strongly committed to and passionately support. In addition, the partnerships we have with the other Trust schools allows for collaboration and consolidation of information, resources and knowledge. We work closely with the other Trust schools and colleague’s expertise is shared Trust wide to the benefit of all, this may be through Trust Lead Teachers, cross-academy departmental meetings or cross-academy coursework moderation days.
Students at KSA are also able to take advantage of our Trust membership. A sense of shared belonging and identify is fostered through inter-Trust ventures and students are encouraged to participate. In the past students from across the BWT schools have taken part in the Trust Bake Off competition, the Trust Winter Sports Festival, worked together as part of CCF and have enjoyed residential trips together.
Benefits for BWT Colleagues
As a member of staff of the Brooke Weston Trust there are a number of benefits you will have access to:
- Daily allowance for breakfast and lunch
- Additional planning and preparation time. Staff at BWT receive 5 PPA hours
- Each colleague will be assigned with a laptop
- Child Care Voucher Scheme
- Bike to Work Scheme
- Car Lease Scheme
- Free Employee Assist scheme
- Access to the BWT Teaching School training programmes
Our Vision and Values
There are five core Trust values that underpin all aspects of our work at KSA:
- Ambition for All
- High Expectations
- Excellent Teaching and Support
- Working Together
- Contribute to Society
At Kettering Science Academy this means:
- Learning will be exciting, engaging, progressive and differentiated. Our ambition is for all students to develop the personal skills necessary to meet the demands of education, employment and life.
- We are an academy of high expectations, where the self-esteem and self-confidence of everyone is high. Behaviour is courteous and responsible and people are treated with respect.
- Teaching will be excellent, with a broad, challenging and engaging curriculum delivered through high quality, personalised classroom practice.
- The Academy will relentlessly seek to work together improve its services to students, staff and other clients through a culture of professional accountability.
- We will work collaboratively with other organisations to provide a better service to our community and make a valued contribution to society.
In practice at Kettering Science Academy this is summarised as three words:
Inspire| Discover | Belong
Our mission is to Inspire students, to ensure students are passionate about learning and want to Discover, and, most importantly, to create an inclusive community ensuring everyone feels they Belong.