Route 19 Curriculum

The aim of the curriculum is to provide a broad and balanced range of subjects that will allow students the maximum opportunity to progress, achieve and move on to further education, employment or training.

Whilst the emphasis is on GCSE and other nationally recognised qualifications, there is an understanding that students need support not just with the academic, but also the social, emotional and life-skills elements of their education.

To this end, there is a high and growing degree of individualisation within the curriculum which sees students all study a common academic core and then supplement this with creative, vocational and practical courses that best suit their individual needs and interests.

GCSE’s or other recognised national qualifications are offered in all curriculum areas and are available to all students where appropriate.

For 2016 – 17 the curriculum package consists of:

Core Academic
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE Religious Studies / Humanities
  • PSHE (Level 1 / 2)
  • Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT CLaIT
  • Careers and Work Related Learning
  • Pastoral and Key Worker Support
  • Small group / individual work as appropriate

Creative and Personal Development
  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Digital Music Production
  • BTEC Home Cooking Skills
  • Digital Photography / Online media workshops
  • Access to mentoring, peer working and leadership programs / work experience
  • support via Pupil Progress Team
  • Anger / Relationship Management support
  • Drugs / Alcohol / Sexual Health support
  • Self esteem / self-confidence / well being

Vocational and Work Related
  • Individual CEIAG work via PSHE, Key workers and specialist staff
  • Access to specialist online resources and attendance to a range of local, regional and national careers, apprenticeship and employment fairs
  • Support to attend local college and training provider open days, taster sessions and recruitment opportunities
  • Enterprise Activities throughout the year
  • Work experience / placements, work place visits and visiting speakers
  • Vocational Study and qualifications offered via a wide range of partners
  • Visits to and support with local colleges, training providers and apprenticeship opportunities, taster days and applications process
  • Raising aspirations projects: links to Sixth Forms and Universities / ZSL Whipsnade / charity fundraising

Additional curriculum:

All students are offered the opportunity to either undertake work experience or work placements, or to study via a partner organisation towards a vocational qualification. These vocational courses all lead to recognised and accepted qualifications which allow students to move on to traineeships, apprenticeships or further college study within their chosen area.

These wider Careers guidance programme, comprising of both individual support from a dedicated staff member and a broad range of visits, trips and enrichment / aspirational activities are an integral part in helping students plan for successful onward transition post 16 and to avoid becoming NEET and as such are highly valued by students.

As part of this process, students in year 11 have regular one to one sessions with a specialist and highly qualified Personal Advisor and have the opportunity to attend a wide range of local, regional and national Careers and Employment Fairs, University and College Open days and work place visits.

ACE is proud that for successive years all our students have successfully gone on to further training or study with many ending up at university and / or in well paid senior jobs within nationally known business. Many past students chose to keep in touch with us and share their ongoing success stories and we invite past students to come and talk to present students about the journey they have been on and how ACE can truly be the fresh start to a whole new, positive pathway into adulthood.

As an indication of the success of this work, as of September 2016 we have two ex-ACE students working with us, one on extended work experience as part of a Year 12 college package and one on a paid apprenticeship programme. Both students are able to work with current students, feeding back the challenges they faced and the importance of making the most of the support, encouragement and opportunities they were given in order to move their own personal circumstances forward. It is an arrangement that as an organisationw e are proud of and that we all gain from.