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Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) and ACE @ the Hub

ACE @ the Hub is the co-location for both the Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) Secondary Pupil Referral unit and the Alternative Learning and Progression Service (ALPS).

ACE (the PRU) provides a wide range of services to secondary age students for and on behalf of the local authority and all Luton’s secondary schools and is focused on preventing the need for permanent exclusions and/or re-integrating students back into mainstream education following an exclusion.

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 fulltime 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. 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 follow a highly bespoke timetable package, working towards a range of appropriate and relevant academic, vocational and personal developmental qualifications, including GCSE’s and equivalents.

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.

Please note: parents cannot directly refer to ACE; all referrals must come either via your child’s current secondary school (if in Luton) or via LBC Admissions if seeking a school place within Luton.

Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

As with all schools, ACE is required to publish details as to how we identify, assess, support and track students who may have special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). This information can be found by following the link below or by going to our website

For more details, visit the Avenue Centre of Education's Local Offer information for SEND pupils.


Download: ACE SEN Information report - September 2019

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jeremy Dodd
Contact Position
Head Teacher


Where to go

Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) or Alternative Learning and Progression Service (ALPS)
Cutenhoe Community Learning Park
Cutenhoe Road

Last updated 17/08/2023