Careers is a very important aspect of student life at KTS and we strive to give our pupils the best possible outcomes. Careers covers many aspects of development and it is explored in various and individualised ways. Our pupils have access to work experience, encounters with local businesses and trades and students develop their entrepreneurial skills through Enterprise. 

At KTS, we ensure that we meet all the critera required to meet the needs of our students. We monitor our progress using Compass, which is a Careers Benchmark Tool. Using this tool, we can see directly how we are meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Please click on the link below to see how we are currently meeting this criteria. 

Every class throughout Upper School delivers an individually adapted Careers session each week, which includes either an enterprise activity or work experience placement. The students follow the 'Careers at Every Level' or 'Bambino' programmes designed by Talentino. For more information regarding Talentino, please visit their website using the link below. 

Rational Vocational Pathways
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Quality in Careers Standards


KTS Academy, Cleveland

has been assessed and accredited as


"Fully meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks"


The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning.


Last year, our school submitted evidence to show how we are working towards achieving the standard, this included how we are meeting the eight Gatsby benchmarks which are a national framework for good career guidance.


Our remote assessment visit took place on 8th November 2021 and our school was inspected to determine the quality of our career’s education.


Our assessor spoke to pupils, parents, staff and outside career providers to determine how we implement careers and the impact it has on our young people.


We are pleased to announce we have achieved the award!


We would like to thank everyone that was involved in the assessment and also to all of our young people in school who actively engage in their learning.


Comments from our assessor:


‘There is a clear strategic vision, strong commitment and effective management of CEIAG providing a cohesive approach to its delivery within the School.’


‘CEIAG is delivered through the Preparation for Adulthood programme which is robust and mapped to employability skills and the CDi Framework.’


‘The School uses student voice well to inform it’s CEIAG programme.’


‘Excellent use is made of the Alumni in order for students to understand progression routes available to them.’


‘There are excellent links with key stakeholders to ensure successful transition for their students.’



Quality in Careers Standards Certificate October 2020
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National Careers Service


Please click on the link below to find out more information about the National Careers Service. 


Careers Day March 2020



On Thursday 5th March, we held our annual Careers Information Day at KTS Academy. On the morning of the event, students participated in interactive sessions and encounters with people from different job roles and sectors. Students at our main site enjoyed sessions with providers from the Fire Service, Beyond Boundaries, St. John’s Ambulance, Kirkleatham Owl Museum and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.


Students based at our KTS+ site on St. Margaret’s Way enjoyed sessions with Middlesbrough College, Redcar & Cleveland College, Project Choice, Fire Service, Guisborough Central Day Service and Apprenticeships.


Parents were invited to the ‘information hub’ at KTS+ on the afternoon. This area enabled people from different services to provide guidance and advice to parents on courses, transitions, careers advice and benefits and student finance.


Our students thoroughly enjoyed taking part and people who attended our event gave really positive feedback afterwards.KTS would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended and we hope to see you again next year!


Redcar & Cleveland Preparing for Adulthood Launch.

Some of our older students have been involved in the Redcar & Cleveland Preparing for Adulthood Launch. Sam  was recorded at his work experience placement at James Cook University Hospital. He talked about his P.F.A journey and his role at the hospital, well done Sam! Sam also joined James and Jake at the official P.F.A launch at Inspire2learn. They spoke about their hopes and aspirations for the future and what areas of support they receive to work towards their goals. We will be involving other students in the future P.F.A meetings which have been arranged to maximise support for our young people in their independence, community inclusion, health and employment and training.


Redcar & Cleveland Enterprise Challenge

Some of our students are involved in the Redcar and Cleveland Enterprise Challenge. They first attended an Enterprise Challenge Launch at Inspire2Learn where they listened to local entrepreneurs and worked with students from other schools on an Enterprise challenge. Over recent months, our students have worked on the challenge in school. They worked together to create a business proposal, which could maximise sales for the Tour De Yorkshire. Ainsley Mullen who is Enterprise Advisor with the Council has come into school to support the business group in developing their ideas. They have decided to design commemorative badges, fridge magnets and keyrings personally designed by our students. The Tour de Yorkshire has been cancelled because of the current situation and now schools taking part in the competition are to meet later in the year to pitch their ideas at the final event. 


Provider Feedback


JPC Community Farm "It was a chance to network and ensure we can all work together to help the students fulfil their potential. There were lots of contacts and being a new business, we were able to spread the word. A super venue with such caring staff.”


Prior Pursglove College "We got to speak to both parents and students about possible career progression. We gained insight into the interests and their progression hopes, and we also a chance to meet and network with other providers. We were made to feel very welcome by everyone."


Middlesbrough Football Club "The pupils really enjoyed the bus and Rory and we introduced them to the bus ahead of using it as a classroom. We met staff and students, which is great ahead of working together. Let’s set up a launch day and then discuss what MFS Foundation can do in partnership with KTS."


Redcar and Cleveland Travel Training "Great interaction with young people and their families. Wonderful to meet other agencies and a fabulous networking opportunity.  We made contacts with other useful agencies and it is a good opportunity to meet young people and introduce our service. KTS staff are always helpful and professional – Thank You."


Student Feedback 


KTS +  


Fire Service “I learned about the different jobs the fire service does in our community, I enjoyed learning about the speed limit changes on the truck.”


Middlesbrough College “I have learned about Middlesbrough and their courses and services.  Middlesbrough go offsite to do practical and work experience.”


Redcar College “We learnt about different courses they do, they talked about childcare where you have to check the temperature of the bath.”


Project Choice “In Project Choice, they would have us working in a job and learning how to work and it looked really good.”


Guisborough Central “We learnt about different jobs where you can work outdoors and indoors. You can work on a farm or a vet and many more.”


Apprenticships “We learnt about the different apprenticeship’s vacancies on the GOV website and how to apply.”


Middlesbrough Football Club “I learnt how players kept in top shape and what they do in their spare time and I enjoyed the challenge and playing on the Xbox.”




Fire Service “I liked the fire engine and the sirens.”


Beyond Boundaries “I learnt how to use a drill and how old a tree is by the rings on the wood.”


St. John's Ambulance “I liked listening to how I can help people and taking part.”


Kirkleatham Owl Museum “I liked the owl museum my favourite animal was the owl.”


Middlesbrough Football Club “I loved the MFC Bus, it had lots of gear.”


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