Extended Exam Success!

Leavers in the summer of 2016 achieved an average score of 320 points, equivalent to roughly 8 GCSEs at grade C. In total 90% of our students achieved more than 200 points ( 5 x C Grade) with the highest scoring student reaching an impressive 369 points, equivalent to just over 9 GCSE’s at C grade. It was also pleasing that once again students made more than their expected rate of improvement from Key stage 2 to Key stage 4 in all 3 core subjects (English, Maths and Science) and ended so up with results far above what they might have expected when they first joined ACE.

It was also another strong year for our partner Alternative Providers, where students studied courses ranging from Sports Leadership, to Princes Trust Leadership Awards, to Vehicle Mechanics through to Lifesaving at the Inspire Centre and Peer Led Student Mentoring. All students passed their respective courses, gained the qualifications they needed to move forward with their transition plans and are now well on their way to success in their chosen areas.

Most importantly ACE staff were delighted that once again all students leaving us this summer have secured an offer of a place in further education, training or employment for September. For 2016 we have students moving on to colleges in Luton, Dunstable and Letchworth, joining local training providers and starting in apprenticeships with local employers.

We have also heard back from a number of our 2015 leavers who are now continuing with Level 3 qualifications (‘A’ Levels equivalents) at Luton Sixth Form, Barnfield and Central Bedfordshire College and others moving into full term employment with local companies including London Luton Airport. We even have one student who as part of their college course is now undertaking weekly work experience back with us for the year, to help pass on what they have learnt to our current students and already the experience is proving valuable all around.

This is a real illustration at just how successful the efforts of our staff and students have been in a time when both the local and national economy is facing many challenges and is a real credit to the hard work and determination of all the students – a huge well done from ACE.

We are all proud of the success our students, past and present have achieved and wish them all the best (and our ongoing support) as they continue their journey into adulthood.

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