About Us


Founded in 1995, we are an all-age special school in the heart of Cleveland. Kilton Thorpe School converted to an Academy in 2012 and became Kilton Thorpe Specialist (KTS) Academy.


Judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in October 2019, we welcome pupils aged 3 to 19 with Education, Health and Care Plans, stating a learning difficulty or disability and includes children on the autistic spectrum and children with complex needs.


With 160 pupils and over 100 teaching and support staff, we have high levels of staffing to ensure that all pupils receive excellent care, guidance and support, while our multi-disciplinary team, which includes specially trained staff in nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, works closely together to ensure that pupils make progress they are able to make.


Our aim is to create a supportive and caring environment for children and young people from across the Redcar and Cleveland Borough, as well as surrounding boroughs. Pupils are admitted throughout the year on an individual basis, via referrals from the local authority.


Our facilities include Early Years Foundation Stage provision, a thriving 14-19 unit and specialist provision for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties as well as those with an autistic spectrum condition. In addition, we are proud of our specialist resources, which include a hydrotherapy pool, soft play area, ICT suite, sensory integration rooms and sensory light rooms.


KTS Academy is a Unicef Rights Respecting School and achieved the Gold Rights Respecting Schools Award in 2019.



Introducing Our New Headteacher


Hello, my name is Brian Richardson and welcome to KTS Academy.


I am the new headteacher of KTS Academy, but am certainly not new to the school! I have been at the school since 1998, starting as a class teacher, working through the ranks to Deputy Head, a post I held for 15 years, and finally to head. I have been a teacher for 30 years, all within special education. 


KTS is an excellent school, with an ethos which supports the many varied learners to enable them to reach their potential. I have never wanted to work anywhere else, and I am honoured the school has accepted me as their head. I will do all I can to maintain the high standards already set by the previous head, and look forward to my future involvement within the school.


KTS Academy, Marshall Drive, Brotton, Redcar and Cleveland, TS12 2UW

Tel - 01287 677265

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