About us

About us

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

Our Vision: 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.

Our Team

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.
Email: sarah.gillett@aceschools.net

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. 
Email: chris.humphries@aceschools.net

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.
Email: paul.winterton@aceschools.net