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ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust

We provide full time education and support for up to 300 pupils aged 4-19 who are no longer engaged in mainstream education. Referrals can only be made by either the local authority or a school, for pupils who are either awaiting a specialist placement, in need of additional provision, or have been excluded from school.

Contacts details

Address:Martins Gate
Telephone number: 01752 396 100
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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 our recent Ofsted inspection, 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. 


ACE is an external support service that mainstream and special schools can refer students to if they require additional support for behavioural, emotional, social, medical or mental health needs. Many of these needs may present as a barrier to learning and mean that these students are likely to be identified as needing special educational provision.

We offer personalised support packages specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of students. This may be at one of our 9 Bases across the city that best suits the needs of the student or may be a more 'bespoke' provision.

We are aware that for many of the students we work with, their needs may change frequently. We hold regular reviews (at least every 6 weeks) for all our students and work on a flexible basis- if the provision/ interventions aren't meeting the needs of the young person then it can be changed.

Many of our students are only with us for a short term intervention, some will stay with us for longer periods.

We work closely with appropriate external agencies and parents/ carers in order to meet the needs of the child as a whole.

We aim to involve the student in decision making in order to develop appropriate target setting through a person centred planning approach wherever possible.

ACE monitor progress of all students with SEN regularly in order to enable appropriate action to be taken promptly Please see our main website for more information on what SEN support we can offer.

Plymouth uses an orange 'Local Offer icon' to show services that define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Plymouth's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.

Age range
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years
  • Needs level
  • High
  • Low
  • Medium
  • Provision type
  • Specialist
  • Targeted
  • Universal

  • Based: Plymouth
    Childcare Type:
    • School
    Age ranges:
    • Primary school - 5 to 11 years
    • Secondary school - 11 to 16 years
    Waiting list: Referrals can only be made by either the local authority or a school.
    Registered places: 260
    Special needs information: Yes

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