Students settle in at their new academy school

Kettering, Buccleuch Academy: Primary school.'08/01/13

Kettering, Buccleuch Academy: Primary school.'08/01/13

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Hundreds of students started the new school term at the brand new Buccleuch Academy this week.

The academy caters for more than 1,000 pupils aged between four and 19, and students returned to lessons in staggered groups on Monday and Tuesday.

Although the academy was formed in 2009, this week marked the first time students have all been at the same Weekley Glebe Road site.

Dawn Cotter, academy principal, said: “The students have settled really well into the new building.

“They are amazed by all the fantastic facilities and can’t wait to start using them.

“It is great for us all to be together under one roof. The younger students are thriving in their bright and colourful classrooms while older students are already learning how to use the technology in our science labs and media suites.”

Among the facilities at the academy are a theatre, sports pavilion, a floodlit all-weather pitch, state-of-the-art science laboratories, media suites, new technology in every classroom, a hearing impaired unit and a dedicated sixth form area.

Mrs Cotter said: “We are very grateful to Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council for their continued support and we also 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.”

The Bucleuch Academy opened in September 2009 replacing Montagu School and Avondale Infant and Junior Schools.

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