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Quality in Careers Standard Achievement


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.’


KTS Community Cafe


Our pupils are hosting the Community Cafe at Sense Wellbeing Centre on the dates below. They have been working hard to create the posters below and advertise the cafe. They will be serving drinks and cakes and would love to see you there! 


Unit 2, Birdswell Court,

Watness Avenue,

Skelton Ind' Estate,


TS12 2LQ



Our pupils from the Make and Bake Group are hosting the Community Cafe every Friday at KTS+. Pop along on the dates below if you would like a friendly atmosphere and a cuppa and cake. Our pupils can't wait to show off their skills. 


Christmas Raffle 2021


A huge Thank You everyone who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets for this years raffle. It has been a resounding success and we have raised an amazing £955! 


Please see the list below of winning tickets. The office staff are currently organising prizes and contacting winners. 


Thank you again and Merry Christmas everyone! 


Christmas Raffle Draw
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School Sport Partnership

KTS 3 were invited to take a part in an initiative to raise the profile of physical activity in school and to increase student and staff understanding of the benefits of physical activity.
Claire Tennyson from Redcar & Eston School Sport Partnership CIC worked with U1 to co-create a marketing campaign aimed at their peers in school to encourage them to be active and understand the benefits this will bring.
Straplines, photographs and motivations were used to create a poster, banner and promotional materials to be used in school.

Students will now use the information they have learned to create and share information with others in January 2022.

Enterprise 2021


KTS 3 and KTS+ Enterprise was a hugh success this year; raising money for each class. The pupils really enjoyed making their products and we all hope you enjoy them. Thank you to all who bought products from Enterprise this year. 


Pumpkin Picking 2021


Thanks to the efforts of teacher Abi, our staff and the generosity of the community, we were able to provide a safe environment for our pupils to go pumpkin picking! It was an resounding success, and the pupils and staff had an absolutely wonderful time. 


This couldn't have happened without the efforts of our staff and the outstanding generosity of over 170 pumpkins from the following individuals and organisations;


Morrisons Guisborough

Morrisons Redcar

Katie Moir

Anneka Clark

Vicky Smee

Tom Hiser from Trusted Plumbing and Heating Ltd

Julie Nasr

Pontac Farm


We cannot thank you all enough. Your generosity allowed every pupil to choose their own pumpkin.


Happy Halloween


From the pupils and staff at KTS Academy



KTS Community Cafe


The cafe is open Fridays - check with school to confirm.



St.Margaret's Way


TS12 2UE


It is open from 10am to 11.30am! 



Excited pupils from KTS Academy, the award-winning special school in Brotton, turned out to lend a hand when a team from the Prince’s Trust arrived to create a very special garden.


The 22-strong team, aged between 16 and 25 from Middlesbrough and Redcar, were on a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme designed to help them into employment. 


Alongside work experience and help with job application and interview skills, the teams also choose a special project that will help a local organisation or charity. This latest group opted to fundraise, plan and create a garden for the 170 KTS pupils who are aged between four and 19. 


UKSE, the Tata Steel subsidiary that supports businesses in steel areas, awarded the team £2000 from its Community Support Fund towards the purchase of equipment, materials and plants. 


UKSE is a long-standing supporter of the programme and has now backed more than 50 Teesside teams and their community projects with around £64,000.    The projects have helped the unemployed, disabled and people struggling with addiction and mental health issues with sports facilities, refurbishment projects and gardens.


Sarah Thorpe, UKSE’s Area Manager, said: “Our Community Support Fund operates alongside the range of investments and premises we offer to help businesses grow and is there to improve the lives of people living in our steel areas.  Supporting these programmes means that we are helping community projects and our young people to gain the skills and experience that they and employers need.” 


Brian Richardson, Headteacher at KTS Academy, said: “We are immensely grateful to the Prince’s Trust Team, who came up with some great ideas and to UKSE for the funding.   Our pupils thoroughly enjoy the type of outdoor education that this garden will help provide.


“We have been able to retain a woodland theme and now have access to a natural learning environment in an enclosed and safe space.   Some of our older pupils will be responsible for the upkeep of the area, providing great work experience and a sense of achievement. We are hoping to include some joint sessions with pupils from our neighbouring primary school too.” 


Craig Murphy Prince’s Trust Team Leader at the Education Training Collective said: “Our involvement with UKSE not only brings us valuable funding for these projects but also plays an important part in helping our students prepare for employment. The Dragons Den-style pitch that the team makes for the funds, held virtually through the Covid restrictions, helps with so many skills from planning, budgeting and teamwork to communications and making effective presentations.”


Details of UKSE’s support for business with finance and premises from and of the Prince’s Trust Team programmes at



Photo credit: 

Igor Twarog of Stockton and Katie Ellis from Middlesbrough , both 17 and members of the Prince’s Trust team creating the garden at KTS Academy with (from left, back) Martin Copley, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, UKSE Area Manager Sarah Thorpe and Brian Richardson, Headteacher.


The Bryon Beast Challenge

Fantastic news from the Falkland Islands this morning!

Sean Kirk and his team at Remote RADAR Head (RRH) Byron Heights, Falkland Islands have completed "The Byron Beast Cardio Challenge" to raise funds for KTS Academy. This is a collective distance of 1000km on foot, bike or by rowing. Each individual of their 7-person team, all members of the Armed Forces, covered over 140km.

Here is a message from Sean.
'Greetings from the Falkland Islands,
I just wanted to let you know we beat our target by 79km. In total we covered a distance of just over 1079km. This was of course after losing one of our team members halfway through the month. However, the other six of us that remained picked up the slack. In particular, Cpl Tanica Owens who covered a whopping 294km and Cpl James Todd who surpassed the 250km mark. I covered all my 155km distance by running, as well as Cpl Matthew Dawson who added 142km to the cause.'

A brilliant effort by an outstanding team; we are so grateful for the support and money raised by Sean and his team. The just giving page is still open and can be found below, if anyone would like to donate.

A huge THANK YOU from the pupils and staff at KTS Academy.

World Book Day 2021


As expected, the pupils and staff didn't disappoint this year and pulled out all the stops for World Book Day. 


Nothing can beat a good book and the pupils enjoyed lots of activities inspired by books they enjoy. 


Well done everyone! 


Digital Skills Competition Win!


The media group at KTS+ entered a digital skills competition run by New College Durham . We are thrilled to tell you that this competition, which was open to both mainstream and specialist colleges, was won by Sam in U9.


Sam's logo design will be used by New College Durham in their literature, which is fantastic! Well Done, Sam!



We have lots of up to date information on external services our families may find useful such as mental health services, day service information and supporting at home.  


Pop over to our Additional Information page.  

Forever 12 

KTS staff were deeply saddened at the loss of Adam Kinnair in September 2018. He was a much loved pupil and member of Green Class. 


Adam's family have spent their time since his passing raising money for Butterwick Hospice, where Adam spent much of his time. They raised a staggering £62,353!


We are absolutely over the moon and incredibly grateful that Forever 12 have decided to raise money to help upgrade our sensory room.


If you would like to read about the amazing efforts of Adam's family, please click on the link below. 

Coop Local Community Fund

We are delighted to let you know that KTS have been selected as a new cause for the Coop Local Community Fund through the 1% donation part of the Coop Membership Card.


KTS would like to create an interactive facility, giving children a sensory environment which they would greatly benefit from. To find out more about how much progress we are making, please click on the link below.


You can help support us by becoming a member of the Coop through the link below. By choosing KTS Academy as your cause, you will be helping KTS towards their goal with every shop.


We appreciate your continued support.



Open Fridays from 10am to 11.30am 


45 St.Margaret's Way


TS12 2UE


Our cafe is run by our pupils at KTS, who are developing their work experience and skills in Catering. Pop along for a coffee and a bite to eat, the cafe is open during term time only. 


We now have a Facebook page to promote news and jobs vacancies, please give us a 'like' for the most up to date information from KTS. 

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

Tel - 01287 677265

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