Provision Offered

Secondary pupils 25.5 Hours Per Week
Primary Pupils KS1 21.5 Hours Per Week
Primary Pupils KS2 23.5 Hours Per Week

Pupils at hospital Floor 12 or on home tutoring due to ill health 5 hours minimum.

Elective home education visiting provides the legal minimum of one contact per year, most get four visits or more.

Lessons start by 9.00 am and generally end by 3.00 pm (slight variation between bases).

Primary Curriculum

ACE primary

Foundation Stage and KS1

There is an emphasis on the 3Rs but there is flexibility within the timetable to meet the developmental needs of the children depending on their levels of maturity and age. Children are provided with a range of learning experiences, many of which are thematically based, including group sessions, individualised learning, adult-directed activities and free choice. Recent topics have included Fire and Weather. As at KS2, all members of staff are involved in supporting children at mealtimes and in their play.


The emphasis is on reading, writing, speaking and listening and mathematics. Group lessons are based on a theme, recent examples of which have included The Armed Services and Construction. Pupils are also given targeted work, which is planned separately for each individual pupil, to address any gaps in their knowledge. Each child’s phonological knowledge is assessed and activities are planned on an individual basis.

All adults are involved in mealtimes, break times and Golden Times which are recognised as opportunities for developing children’s social skills and their ability to communicate. Children are encouraged to reflect on their behaviour by completing SHAPE booklets.

Secondary Curriculum

Ace Seconcary

We offer GCSE or equivalent in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Social Health Education


Every pupil has a personalised programme. All have access to a wide range of alternative lessons designed to engage and build learning and social competency. Emphasis is placed on English and mathematics. Subjects are taught by subject specialist teachers.

Curriculum Links

The National Curriculum for England

GCSE by subject

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Ofqual information on different qualifications such as BTEC and Entry Level

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