Our Aims, Objectives and Responsibilities to our students  

  • Careers Guidance must be relevant to individual students and connect learning to their future 

  • Motivate young people to aspire to a range of possible Post-16 pathways by providing clear routes to training and employment that they will find engaging and rewarding 


Baker Clause Policy Statement on Provider Access    

This statement sets out our arrangements for managing access of Employers, Education and Training providers to our students at ACE Schools Plymouth, for the purpose of giving all of our stakeholders up-to-date information about the provider’s Education or Training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.  


ACE Schools Plymouth is working to achieve the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks  using these to empower the statutory guidelines into our planning and delivery of a comprehensive Careers Programme to students across Key Stages 2-4.  As part of our commitment to providing up-to-date Careers and Guidance information to our students and parents, we include Labour Market Information and the full range of Employment, Learning and Training pathways on offer to our students at Post-16.  We are therefore happy to receive requests from Training, Apprenticeship and Vocational Educational Providers, as well as from Employers, to engage our students in the possibilities that may await them when they leave us, to embark upon the next stage of their journey at Post-16.  



Student Entitlement through the ACE Schools Careers Programme: 

All students in Key Stages 2-4 are entitled to: 

  • Curriculum subject learning to explore and discover potential career pathways 

  • Skills-based Workshops tailored to suit the needs of students centred around Enterprise in conjunction with CSW, CEC (Careers & Enterprise Company) and our dedicated Enterprise Adviser: Davey Ashmore from Sainsburys 

  • Educational visits across all Key Stages in industry, Public Services, Sixth forms, FE Colleges and Training providers which include:  Achievement Training; Skills Group SW; Focus Group; City College Plymouth; CTSW – Construction Training SW; Aspire 

  • Invite aspirational speakers to engage students: employers, industry leaders, ex-students - Alumni, employees, apprentices, community leaders, university students and lecturers - Plymouth University; Marjon University; City College Plymouth; Duchy College  

  • Vocational Placement opportunities from Year 9 with: Aspire, NORPRO, Bikespace, CTSW – Construction Training SW 

  • Discover all Post-16 options: Qualifications, Training and Apprenticeship opportunities across the South West, as part of a comprehensive Employability, Enterprise and Aspirations Programme in KS4 

  • Write CV’s; make applications for the full range of Academic and Vocational courses, Apprenticeships and Training Providers. 

  • Meet and engage with local Employers, Training Providers to discover opportunities which include Vocational Education and Apprenticeships – through Interactive Workshops, Mock-Interviews, regional Careers Events, Tutor-Time activities, and Taster Days in the work place: DWP – the Department of Work and Pensions; local employers and industry; Public Services 

  • Work Experience/Trialling placements – work-shadowing programme:  One day a week with an employer over 6-12 weeks to include specific allocated provision where appropriate, in conjunction with CSW – Careers South West 

  • Impartial one to one Careers guidance and advice - interviews – CSW 

  • Current Labour Market Information (Embed – data Plymouth link here) and extensive information about the full range of Apprenticeships across the region in areas of employment – ASK Apprenticeships ( 

Our Careers Education is student-centred to focus on Inclusion, Diversity and Equality: 

  • Understand yourself, your interests, likes and dislikes, what you are good at and how this affects the choices you make  

  • Knowledge of the full range of employment opportunities across the region, encouraging students’ understanding of the skills they require for specific job roles 

  • Develop understanding of their own attributes: matching personality traits and specific attributes to job roles 

  • Self-development: encouraging self-awareness, personal skill sets 

  • Self-development: learning how to build resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem to nurture and build personal aspirations   

  • Encourage all learners to engage in both independent and teamwork 

  • Work to explore and develop the skills you will need for working life  

  • Make informed, realistic, but ambitious, choices about possible Post-16 Courses, Training and Apprenticeships  

  • Develop a plan of action for the future and build a record of experience and achievement to take with them on their continuing journey at Post-16  


Management of Requests for Provider Access  

We are continually looking to work with a variety of providers who are ready to embrace students with SEND and would welcome contact from both local, regional and national Employers; providers of Training and Further Education. Any provider wishing to request access to ACE Schools should contact Rachel Bertram - Careers Leader. 


Telephone: 01752 396100 – Mobile: 07915 115200