School Life

School Life

Discover how ACE school life relates to the future we are helping to build.


At ACE we provide our pupils with the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of sports and activities. Within our curriculum for physical education we engage the pupils in football, handball, basketball, boxing, fitness, trampolining, diving, and waterpolo amongst many other sports. Furthermore, we offer many different extracurricular sports and activities. Our football teams, who are sponsored by Pertemps, have been particularly successful when taking part in fixtures and tournaments.


Pupils in Key Stage 4 are given the opportunity to engage in a vocational route with our associated course providers. ACE provides our pupils with individual learning packages tailored to their needs and aspirations. Pupils on the vocational route can choose from courses such as hairdressing, construction, catering and mechanics.


At ACE we work hard to provide enterprise opportunities for our pupils. Through enterprise, our pupils have the chance to show initiative, take risks, undertake new ventures, think creatively and work as part of a team. These aspects are crucial in modern Britain and help prepare our pupils for their futures. Within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum, our pupils often take on projects which involve them competing with other schools. Over the last few years, we have developed links with Babcock and Plymouth University. This has given us the opportunity to draw from the expertise of industry experts.


All pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 are engaged in academic subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Humanities and PSHE. Our Key Stage 4 pupils are offered GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Art, DT, Food Technology, PSHE and ICT. We also offer BTEC Sport Level 1 and 2

The Arts

As part of our curriculum, we engage pupils in art and DT. These subjects give our pupils an opportunity to express themselves and be creative in a way which other subjects can’t. Many of out pupils produce artwork of a very high standard and this is reflected within our GCSE results. These subjects give pupils the chance to work with a range of materials and tools whilst also enabling the pupils to work with a range of materials and tools whilst also enabling the pupils to learn about the designing and creating processes which professionals in these areas engage in.

Beyond Lessons

There are many opportunities for our pupils beyond the classroom which extend their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Pupils are given opportunities to visit various countries, cities, landmarks, memorials and museums. More recently, some of our pupils were involved in a trip to Poland and visited Auschwitz, Schindler’s Factory and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Within our curriculum, Key Stage 3 pupils engage in learning outside the classroom (LOTC) whereby they learn various skills such as map reading and survival.