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 July 2015, we welcome pupils aged 3 to 19 with Education, Health and Care Plans, ranging from moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties. This also 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 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, counselling and speech therapy, works closely together to ensure that pupils make visible progress.


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 first-class facilities include a well-resourced Early Years Foundation Stage provision, a thriving 14-19 unit and highly 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 suites, food technology room, and sensory light room and specialist arts facilities.

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