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.

Learners in class 5 have been thinking about their next steps in life. This has included college, apprenticeships, and employment.

Today we visited the EDF Energy power plant in Hartlepool, where we heard a bit about how the plant produces electricity so that we can charge our phones, boil a kettle, and switch on our TVs. The people that work there help ensure that electricity is made and delivered to 2 million homes in our local area.

The learners got to see how much energy is needed to power different electrical appliances by spinning the wheel fast to move the speed generator and light up the household items. After a short presentation in the exhibition centre, the learners put on their protective gear and headed into the power plant, where they had a guided tour exploring various areas such as the fire safety area and the hospital area, as well as seeing where the energy is made. Afterwards, the learners were encouraged to reflect upon the different jobs that individuals do and if they would like to do any of these jobs in the future.