Calthorpe Academy

Founded in 1896, we continue to serve the needs of over 400 young people between the ages of 2-19, with a wide range of educational difficulties, from moderate to severe and complex needs. Some have additional physical, sensory, behavioural or autistic conditions, where we provide additional adult support or specialised facilities.

In recent years, we have carefully and meticulously created an exceptional building and facilities that stimulate and challenge 
our young people and wider community. Our most recent Ofsted Inspection, described Calthorpe as;

“An outstanding trail blazing school, which provides an enormous range of excellent educational opportunities for its pupils that successfully promote very high personal and academic achievement.” – Ofsted 2008

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Our Academy Mission
Calthorpe Academy aims to be a caring community dedicated to enhancing individual development, founded on high professional standards, mutual trust and respect for the essential worth and human dignity of all it’s members.
Calthorpe Academy Aims
School Day

What we offer:

Excellent Support Staff

Creative Curriculum

Leading the way in SEN

Well Resourced

Teaching School

Career Development

With 5 Outstanding Ofsted Inspections under our belt and an ever growing school alliance!

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“The staff worked extremely well with me, to tailor teaching to my son’s specific needs. I was delighted that, at the age of 15, my son had learned to say his very first words, ‘water’ and ‘food’.”
A Parent
“Partnerships within and beyond the school are excellent. These ensure that the learning, as well as physical and emotional needs, of all groups of students are met exceedingly well. Consequently achievement, well-being, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are outstanding for all.”
Ofsted Report December 2014
“I’m pleased but not surprised to receive a fifth outstanding Ofsted report. We have a great team of dedicated and hard-working staff, from teaching assistants to teachers and all the ancillary staff. It’s a very positive place and our children benefit from lots of opportunities.”
Graham Hardy - Headteacher