ACT Schools

ACT is passionate about ensuring all young people are equipped to become successful adults with a wide range of skills and abilities.  Far too many young people engage with ACT at age 16 with deficient literacy and numeracy skills. ACT developed a specific, targeted Schools Programme in 2012 as an attempt to redress this fundamental issue, currently a barrier for far too many young people across Wales.

Our ethos

We strongly believe that early intervention is needed to ensure all young people; especially those disengaged with education, are able to enter the world of work with the best possible chance of success. We’re also passionate about reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Our ethos underpins our core values:

  • Being positive and having a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Taking pride and responsibility in exceeding people’s expectations
  • Helping raise and realise people’s aspirations
  • Having fun in providing a professional, safe and friendly service
  • Showing deep respect for individuals

Our centres and curriculum

We have three centres that offer an alternative education to young people who have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion, who are school phobic or are classed as vulnerable. We provide a full-time and part-time provision for K3 and K4 learners.

We offer a true alternative to mainstream learning, which is designed to engage young people and help them overcome their barriers to participation, preparing them for adulthood and the world of work.

Our dynamic alternative curriculum and range of support packages truly encourages, motivates and nurtures young people to realise what they can achieve. Our learners are guaranteed:

  • A bespoke programme that suits their needs
  • Access to our experienced pastoral team
  • Daily support with behaviour and personal barriers
  • Regular progress and target setting
  • All the support they need to ensure successful transition to post-16 destinations

Our robust quality assurance procedures ensure that the work we are carrying out remains at the high standard we aim to achieve. We work to ensure a strong communication pathway is maintained between our centres so that there is a strong feeling of collaboration in order to achieve the best for our learners.

During the academic year 2015-16, our achievements include:

  • 100% of our learners achieved targeted behavioural and educational outcomes which were mutually agreed between the learner, feeder school and ourselves and were set in relation to their ability and the length of time on programme.
  • 93% of our learners achieved or exceeded Level 1 Threshold
  • 100% success rate of our learners who sat GCSEs
  • 89% of our learners had positively progressed to post 16 destinations and the remaining 11% were fully engaged with Careers Wales.

Meet the team

Our strong and highly experienced team of 31 are innovators and thought leaders in the area of provisions for young people Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEETS).

ACT Schools Centre – Grangetown, Cardiff

 Amanda Hodges  - Schools Skills Co-ordinator (PCET)

Christopher Huxton – School Construction Tutor (PTLLS)

Kelsey Gauchi – Schools Hair Dressing Tutor (PCET)

Tammy Evans – Behaviour Support 

Trystan Griffiths – Schools Animal Care tutor (PCET) 

Gareth Evans – Schools Motor Vehicle Tutor (PCET)

ACT Schools Centre – Splott, Cardiff

Kassie Newman- KS4 L&D Assistant (L3 Learning & Development)

Naomi Bellringer- High Level Teaching Assistant (BA Education)

Adam Mayo- KS4 Sport Tutor (PCET)

Kelly Rowlands- Senior Schools Manager (PCET)

Tom Davey- KS4 GCSE Maths & Numeracy Tutor (CTTLS)

Alison Johns- KS3 Tutor (B.Ed with QTS)

Kie Baldwin- Centre Manager & Safeguarding Officer (PTLLS)

Dave Parker- KS3 Tutor (Primary PGCE with QTS)

Laura-Dawn Eden- English & Welsh BAC Tutor (PCET-14:19 pathway)

Greg Simmonds- High Level Teaching Assistant (L3 Learning & Development)   

Leanne Bannister- Creative Media Tutor (PCET)

ACT Schools Centre – Caerphilly

Antony Leach – Centre Manager (PCET)

Josef Wyatt – Behaviour and Pastoral Support 

Allyson Jones – Key Stage 3 Tutor (Primary PGCE with QTS)

Sarah Evans – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Sophie Davies–KS3 Tutor(Youth & community degree-teaching in an informal setting) 

Dee Jones – High Level Teaching Assistant (PGCED primary with QTS) 

Jessica Thomas – Creative Media Tutor (L3 Learning & Development) 

Rahoul Chowdhry – Key Stage Sports Tutor (PCET)

Danielle Haglestein – Learning & Development Assistant (L3 L&D) 

Paul Jenkins – GCSE Food Tutor (PCET)

Michael Toseland – BTEC Science Tutor (PGCSE Secondary with QTS)

Ben Gifford – Learning Support Assistant (PCET)

Louise Newland- HLTA (Foundation degree childhood studies)

Elliott Jones- LSA

Our policies

  • Behaviour
  • Anti-bullying
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • Curriculum
  • Exclusion

Our governance

As a publically funded organisation it is important that every decision made at an ACT School is challenged and scrutinised. ACT Schools are overseen by a governance structure which ensures that we are offering the highest impact service for the young people who attend our centres.

Our governors are:

  • Alan Evans, OBE, Chair

Senior Research, Training and Evaluation Consultant, Cardiff University.

  • Dr Barrie Kennard

Owner Principal at Kennard Associates

  • Jacquie Turnbull
  • Author and trainer specialising in improving teachers’ personal and professional effectiveness

 

All correspondence for our governors should be addresses to the ACT Schools Governance Chair and send to:

Address:

Ocean Park House

East Tyndall Street

Cardiff

CF24 5ET

Email: info@acttraining.org.uk

Contact information

ACT Schools Centre – Splott, Cardiff

Address:

Ocean Park House

East Tyndall Street

Cardiff

CF24 5ET

 

Centre Manager: Kie Baldwin

Email: kiebaldwin@acttraining.org.uk 

Telephone number: 07809 342240

ACT Schools Centre – Grangetown, Cardiff

Address:

Cardiff Skills Centre
Unit 4a
Hadfield Road
Cardiff
CF11 8AQ

Centre Manager: Amanda Hodges

Email: amandahodges@acttraining.org.uk

Telephone number: 029 2072 9018   

ACT Schools Centre – Caerphilly

Address:

Caerphilly Skills Centre

Unit A-C Magna Buildings
12 Sir Alfred Owen Way
Pontygwindy Industrial Estate
Caerphilly
CF83 3HU

Centre Manager: Antony Leach

Email: antonyleach@acttraining.org.uk

Telephone number: 029 2086 7853   

Other contacts:

Senior Schools Provision Manager: Kelly Rowlands

Email: kellyrowlands@acttraining.org.uk

Telephone number: 029 204 64727

 

Proprietor of ACT Schools: Andrew Cooksley

Address:

Ocean Park House

East Tyndall Street

Cardiff

CF24 5ET

Email: info@acttraining.org.uk

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