ACE Programme - KS3 and KS4

ACE Programme KS3 & KS4 - Frequently asked questions:

What is the ACE Programme?

ACE stands for ACHIEVEMENT, CHALLENGE and ENRICHMENT. The aim of the ACE Programme at Goffs Academy is to ensure our students have access to a wealth of opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to help them maximise their potential.

The programme comprises of discreet achievement groups within each year group, as well as a series of super curricular activies which are advertised each half term. These super curricular activites are open to all students.

How many pupils are selected  for the achievement groups? 

Aprx. 30 in each year from Y7-10

In Y11 the ACE group is expanded as students work towards achieving highly in their GCSE examinations. In Y11 there are 65 students in the ACE group


On what basis are pupils selected for the Achievement groups? 

In Y7 students are selected based on SATS results.

From Y8 onwards students are added to the group based on their performance in assessments/GCSE predictions.

Students can also be nominated by their class teacher/form tutor or DoL to join the group due to their exceptional motivation and work ethic.

Is the program extra curricular or conducted within school hours? 

The programme runs during school hours, usually in ATM (form time). Occasionally there are trips, visits and talks which run during the school day.

What do students do in Y7-10 ACE group sessions?

Students are mentored towards their targets and aspirations, develop their critical thinking and debate current events. They will also develop study skills as the approach their mock exams in the summer term.

What do students do in Y11 ACE group sessions?

Y11 Students are mentored in fortnightly sessions towards their GCSE targets and aspirations for life after Goffs. Students also meet 1-2-1 with members of SLT, Trustees and the Raising Achievement Team to provide personalised advice and support. Y12 ACE students mentor Y11 students in subjects they need support with and provide advice on how to deal with pressures of Y11 successfully.

Other opportunities in Y11 include:

  • Villiers Park Trip
  • Broxbourne Council Trip
  • Exam Stress Management Sessions
  • External Speakers (linked to a range of aspirant professions)

What companies/industries will be coming in to present to as part of the ACE Programme? 

Visiting speakers vary every year. Recently, students have attended talks/workshops led by:

  • Cardiovascular Surgeon from Harefield Hospital
  • Cambridge University Undergraduate
  • Major in the British Army
  • Female Engineer specialising in Marine Biology

This coming term, students will have the opportunity to participate in a 'Medical Mavericks' workshop, campus visits to the University of Hertfordshire and St. Mary's University, London. Additional opportunities will be posted throughout the year in year group assemblies and during ATM - watch this space!