ACE Centre

A warm welcome to our ACE provision.

It is a privilege to be Head of ACE at Noel-Baker Academy. It is a very rewarding job that I thoroughly enjoy and that is down to our amazing students and dedicated staff.

Mr Taylor
Head of ACE Centre and Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour

The ACE centre is our Academic Centre for Excellence which was a new bespoke provision from September 2019. This fantastic provision supports 25 of our most vulnerable students in school. The provision is delivered in an entirely separate building to main school to create a smaller learning based environment to cater for the needs of all our students. We have created a family ethos where routines, mutual respect, manners and positivity are at the heart of everything we do. Together we support each other and strive to be the best we can be.

We have the highest expectations of our ACE students and routines are embedded from the minute our students arrive to the minute they leave at the end of the day. Celebrating success is something we advocate and our students are constantly rewarded for their positive behaviour, attendance to and progress in lessons. Our ACE students impress us daily with their positive attitudes and behaviours and this is evident in their learning and positivity around the centre.

Our students in ACE are taught a Knowledge rich curriculum in small groups of no more than five to provide focused support with our teaching staff to ensure they reach their full potential. Within the provision we have two very experienced behaviour mentors who support with in class learning, social and emotional wellbeing and positivity within ACE. In addition, we have key workers who work with our SEND students as well as an onsite school counsellor.

Our students at Key Stage 3 follow the following curriculum:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science

At Key Stage 4 our students study English, Maths Science, Physical Education alongside either History or Geography as well as studying one day a week at Derby College which over the two years will allow students to gain two Level 2 equivalent qualifications.

Daily PSHE is also delivered to our students at both Key Stage 3 and 4 including topics such as mental health and well being, sexual education, careers and future pathways.

If you would like a visit to our ACE provision then please feel free to contact our office staff who will arrange a time that is convenient for you to come in and have a look around. I look forward to meeting you.