Hundreds of pupils at Kettering Buccleuch Academy are starting the January term in their brand new building today (Monday, January 7) and tomorrow.
It marks the first time since the academy opened in 2009 that all children in the academy, which educated pupils aged from four to 19, will be housed on the same site on Weekley Glebe Road.
Students are starting the term 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 while the rest of the students will start to get to know their new school building tomorrow.
Principal Dawn Cotter said: “We are all incredibly excited to move into our magnificent new building.
“While 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 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.”
Facilities at the new building include 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 and a dedicated sixth form area.
Kettering Buccleuch Academy, named for the Duke of Buccleuch, whose family connection with Kettering stretches back for almost 500 years, opened in September 2009 – replacing Montagu School and Avondale Infant and Junior Schools.