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Kettering is a town in Northamptonshire, England. It is situated about 81 miles (130 km) from London.

Kettering is mainly situated on the west side of the River Ise, a tributary of the River Nene which meets at Wellingborough. Originally named Cytringan, Kyteringas and Keteiringan in the 10th century, the name Kettering is now taken to mean 'the place (or territory) of Ketter's people (or kinsfolk)'.

As of the census in 2001, the borough has a population of 81,844 whilst the town proper had a population of 51,063 and the town is twinned with Lahnstein, Germany and Kettering, Ohio, in the United States. The town, like other towns in the area, has a growing commuter population as it is located on the Midland Main Line railway, which has fast InterCity trains directly into London St Pancras International taking around 1 hour. 


Schools in Kettering include St Peter's School, an independent primary school.

Kettering has five secondary schools. The five secondary schools are The Latimer Arts College, Bishop Stopford School, Kettering Science Academy, Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Southfield School for Girls. Both the Kettering Science Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy became academies in recent years and both academies are joined to separate primary schools to allow for an easier transition from one stage of education to another.

Kettering is also home to one of Tresham College of Further and Higher Education's three campuses. Tresham allows part and full-time students over the age of 16 to study A-Levels and degree level courses as well as offering vocational courses such as Beauty Therapy and Child Care.

More information about local schools can be found via are Tenants FAQ.


The A14 skirts the west and south of the town, links the town with the A45 dual carriageway, M1 and M6 motorways. The A43 links Kettering with the county town of Northampton and the A509 (Kettering/Wellingborough Road) links Kettering with Wellingborough.

More information about local transport can be found via are Tenants FAQ.

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