ACE overview

The Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) provides a wide range of services to secondary age students for and on behalf of the local authority and all Luton’s’ secondary schools.  ACE operates across three main strands:

  • Route Mainstream which provides short term, part time intervention via the PRU and supports / reintegrates students back into a full time school placement.
  • Route 19 which provides a hybrid educational package, with a vocational focus between ACE and ALPS to support students, longer term, outside of mainstream schooling with their personalised onward transition into education, employment and training.
  • Hub Services which provide high quality interventions, many delivered within schools to support students in maintaining current school places and to address specific issues or barriers to learning that may arise.

    Central to ACE’s success as a National Support School is the work of the Pupil Progress Management team who as well as providing a comprehensive assessment service to identify student’s needs, aspirations and barriers, also oversee the formation of personalised learning packages, co-ordinate the deployment of specific interventions and specialised services and provide a provision tracking and quality assurance process.


    Students access ACE through referrals from Local schools and Local Authority Services to a weekly panel.  Parents cannot apply for a place at ACE either directly or via School Admissions.  Parents who feel that their child may benefit from some time at ACE, need to discuss this with their child’s school and ask the school to make a referral to ACE.

    Accepted referrals are initially dealt with through PACE, a part time induction and assessment Centre that helps us identify the most relevant pathway for each student.

    Students then move on to spend the majority of their time at ACE with their remainder of time either back in school or at a vocationally targeted alternative provision.  Students work towards a range of appropriate and relevant qualifications, including GCSE’s and focus on academic, life and work skills.

    The aim for all students is to maximise their opportunities for engagement, progress and successful transition onto the next stage of their learning.  For Route Mainstream students this is usually a return to mainstream education and for Route 19 students, onward post year 11 transition to a local college, employer or training provider.