Mackenzie Thorpe Centre

The Mackenzie Thorpe Centre is an independent specialist school based in South Bank, Redcar and Cleveland for pupils aged 5-19

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodiverse people to fulfil their potential in life.

The Careers Team at Mackenzie Thorpe Centre have high expectations for all learners. We support learners to become successful independent adults throughout their school career with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to promote their social and economic inclusion.

How do we do it?

To ensure that learners at Mackenzie Thorpe Centre are receiving a good quality Careers Education, we work in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks:

Meet the Team


Corrina McEwan – Vice Principal

Careers Leader

Dean Sullivan - Teacher

Careers Information Officer

Andrew Brunton - Teacher

Careers Information Officer

Sarah Winter - Teacher

Careers Information Officer

Emma Bowes - Teacher

Careers Information Officer

Lauren Pearson - Teacher

Careers Information Officer

Stacey Embleton - Teacher

Careers Information Officer


All learners receive tailored support based on their interests, aspirations, and capability during their personal transitions. Progress is targeted in dedicated Personal Development sessions with qualified careers staff, alongside being embedded into whole-school activities. This is consolidated within all curriculum areas, for all learners.


Discovering the world around us

As part of the curriculum, all learners are provided with information about the world of work to develop transferable skills during their lessons and activities in the community. This  broadens their understanding and experiences of different types of jobs and environments. Visit our Latest News section of the school website to see where we’ve been!   Mackenzie Thorpe News | North East Autism Society (


Learners also have access to external careers advisors from CareerWave who work with them to provide bespoke personal guidance. (

Not sure what you want to do?

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