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Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) including the Alternative Learning and Progression Service (ALPS)

The Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) is the secondary age PRU service supporting all of Luton’s secondary schools.

Formed by the merger of the previous Tomlinson Road (ACE) and Strangers Way (Orchard Centre) units, ACE provides a range of services to:

  • help schools avoid permanent exclusions
  • support managed moves between schools
  • offer part time, respite and some time full time places for students either permanently excluded or in danger of exclusion

Re-integration back into mainstream schooling and / or successful onward transition into education, employment or training are the main focus of ACE’s work. In a 2014 Ofsted inspection ACE received its 3rd successive overall grading of Outstanding and scored Outstanding in every separate inspection category.

The Alternative Learning & Progression Service (ALPS) is a dedicated team within ACE, comprising of teachers, administrators and key workers who support schools in the education of pupils with behavioural needs by:

  • commissioning
  • tracking
  • monitoringworking closely with a broad range of alternative providers in the local area

The ALPS service seeks to offer a broad range of work, life and vocational based opportunities for students for whom a more bespoke and tailored package is felt to be more appropriate. The medical school and home tuition teams are also part of the ALPS service

Both ACE and ALPS operate from the ACE@The Hub building on Cutenhoe Road. Both are committed to ongoing improvements to service provision to schools and in enhancing student’s outcomes and ongoing life chances.

ACE and ALPS continue to developing quality, highly personalised bespoke packages of educational provision that give students the maximum opportunity to turn situations around, re-engage with learning and progress into positive and planned future provisions.

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Breakfast Club
As students are expected to make their own way to the centre, we have a deliberately delayed start and offer a breakfast club as a way of both encouraging and rewarding high levels of attendance and punctuality.

This is also a key time for valuable pastoral work as staff are able to:

  • talk to students about any home / personal issues
  • remind students or key individual targets
  • ensure that they are ready for the start of lessons

Runs each day 9 to 9.25 am

Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Click here to visit the Avenue Centre of Education's Local Offer information for SEND pupils.

Headteacher: Chris Day
Deputy Headteacher: Simon Day
Family Worker: Claire Scott

Who to contact



Where to go

Cutenhoe Community Learning Park
Cutenhoe Road

Last updated 08/10/2018