New Kettering school named - Kettering Buccleuch Academy

The new academy in Kettering is to be called the Kettering Buccleuch Academy, it has been revealed.

This was one of several names suggested during Dame Jocelyn Barrow's public consultation into the proposed academy, which will replace Montagu, Avondale Infants and Avondale Junior Schools.

The name "Kettering Buccleuch Academy" reflects the academy's links with the Duke of Buccleuch, whose family connection with Kettering stretches back for almost 500 years and remains very much alive today.

Sir Ewan Harper, Chief Executive of ULT, said: "From the outset, the Duke of Buccleuch has taken an interest in the academy proposal and has been a keen and active supporter.

"We are delighted that he has agreed to be linked with the academy when it opens. The work of the Buccleuch Group in promoting education and the importance of rural and agricultural activities will be of significant assistance to the academy.

"By naming the academy 'Kettering Buccleuch Academy', we are signaling both the academy's local identity and the historic and future ties between the Duke's family, his Estate and education in Kettering."

The Duke of Buccleuch also welcomed the announcement, saying: "My family is enormously honoured that our connection with Kettering should be reflected in this way and we warmly applaud the pursuit of excellence which the academy promises will be of such benefit for future generations of children."

A decision to close Montagu, Avondale Infants and Avondale Junior Schools to make way for the academy has recently been taken by Northamptonshire County Council.

Subject to final approval being given by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Kettering Buccleuch Academy will open this September.