Welcome to ACE.

ACE Schools Plymouth gives every learner the opportunity to succeed through becoming successful learners, confident and healthy individuals and responsible citizens.

Ace Schools Team

Our pupils are mixed, aged from 4 to 18, and no longer engaged in mainstream schools.

Referrals can be made by the local authority, medical consultant or mainstream school.

Pupils could be those who are either awaiting a school place having moved into the city, waiting for specialist placement, in need of additional or bespoke provision, respite from mainstream school for a short period or perhaps have been excluded from school. We also help educate students with medical issues.

We have an inclusive philosophy and believe passionately in giving every learner in the service the opportunity to succeed. We are very proud of our young people’s achievements. In last Ofsted inspection, ‘Good’ the visiting inspectors were especially impressed with our pupils’ behaviour, progress and attainment.

Our staff have been praised for the care they take in looking after your children and in their planning for good and outstanding lessons.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more.

Sarah Gillett

I like it at ACE. You don’t get bullied here like I did in mainstream.
Year 10 pupil
I think you’re brilliant here. They keep me informed and updated every day. They are totally supportive.
Mother of a year 10 student, Plymouth
Teaching is good and planned tasks meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil. This is a good school.
Ofsted, 2013


ACE Schools Plymouth gives every learner the opportunity to succeed through becoming successful learners, confident and healthy individuals and responsible citizens.


ACE is a school for all children who have needs outside of mainstream education. Delivering personalised learning experiences to enable students to adapt, change and excel with strategic support by a dedicated team.


Sarah Gillet

Sarah Gillett


I originally trained as a secondary teacher of Food Technology and Textiles, identifying early on an aptitude for working with disaffected young people. My career has included leadership of residential and Secure provision in Manchester, establishing Inclusion Units in mainstream schools for Herts LEA as well as restructuring and subsequently leading outstanding PRU provisions in east London. Throughout this journey, I have remained committed to the philosophy of school to school support as the vehicle for raising standards. I have completed the NA-SENCO post graduate qualification, qualified as a School Improvement Partner with NCSL, then as an LLE and am also a qualified Ofsted Inspector.

Myself and my SLT regularly deliver lectures and seminars in inclusive practice and behaviour management for Plymouth University. I am by nature a driven and tenacious personality, I absolutely believe in providing an equality of opportunity for our young people whatever their background and am committed to supporting colleagues to achieve the same goals.

Chris Humphries Ace Schools

Chris Humphries

Director of Performance

I worked for fourteen years running Outdoor Education Centres around the UK before retraining as a Geography Teacher and combining my Outdoor Education qualifications with teaching.  I have led an outstanding Pupil Referral Unit, been shortlisted for a TES Leadership award, hold an NPQH qualification and also am currently a Specialist Leader in Education for behaviour and leadership.  My core values are based on helping make a difference not just to our students but also to our staff and partners.  I am currently undertaking a Masters in Coaching and Mentoring to help embed a coaching philosophy across our organisation and through the training we offer other organisations.  Much of my personal time is devoted to my love of sailing which has been a lifelong passion.


Paul Winterton

Director of School Improvement

I started my working life in restaurants and public houses in London and then in the South West, running my own businesses.  After 12 years of this I changed career and completed my PGCE to become a science teacher (secondary). I have taught in a number of Plymouth secondary schools before moving across to work in Pupil Referral Units. I have an NPQH and am training to be an OFSTED inspector.  I love this job as our work makes a real difference to the life chances of the young people we work with.