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.

ACT Schools is registered as an independent day school and can admit up to 150 pupils aged 11 to 16 years. The school is registered to admit students with special educational needs specific to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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 two 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 Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 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 an efficient 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 2018-19 academic year, 28 Year 11’s completed their education at ACT Schools. Their outcomes can be summarised as follows:

  • 100% of our learners achieved at least 1 GCSE qualification
  • 71% achieved 3 GCSE qualifications  
  • 34% of learners achieved 5 GCSE’s or more,  a measure comparable to the previous Level 1 threshold. This was an increase of 29% from the previous academic year
  • 82% of learners achieved a Level 2 qualification and for the first time, 4 % of learners achieved the higher Level 2 equivalent GCSE grades (A*-C)
  • Of the 28 leavers, 26 had secured a positive destination upon leaving ACT. Destinations were; 18 to college, 5 continued at ACT, 1 to the Army,  1 to employment and 1 on to an apprenticeship.  As of mid-September 2019, all were engaged  in their respective destinations.
    The 2 learners who hadn’t secured positive progressions were both being supported  by Careers Wales

ACT Schools latest Estyn report can be found here


Our admissions policy can be found here. If you require any further information about potential placements then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Meet the team

Our strong and highly experienced schools team ore innovators and thought leaders in the area of provisions for young people Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEETS). This team are complemented by a designated team of  vocational tutors in ACT Skills Centre who deliver all of our route based programs.

ACT Schools Management Team

Kelly Rowlands- Head of 11-16 education (PCET)

Anthony Leach- Caerphilly Centre Manager & Safeguarding Officer (PCET)

Kie Baldwin- Cardiff Centre Manager & Safeguarding Officer (PTLLS)

Amanda Bishop- ACT Skills Centre, schools co-ordinator & Safeguarding Officer (PCET)

ACT School- Splott, Cardiff 

Leanne Bannister- KS4 Creative Media Tutor (PCET)

Adam Mayo- KS4 Sport Tutor (PCET)

Lisa Bailey- KS4 English and Maths Tutor (PCET)


Dave Parker- KS3 Tutor (Primary PGCE with QTS)

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

David Carroll – KS3 Tutor PCET)

Naomi Bellringer- High Level Teaching Assistant (BA Education)

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

Natalie Porter- Learning Support Assistant

AST School - Pontygwindy, Caerphilly

Josef Wyatt – Behaviour and Pastoral Support

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

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

Rahoul Chowdhry – KS4 Sports Tutor (PCET)

Emily Arscott – KS4 Media Tutor

Hannah Curtis (TAR) - GCSE Art

Paul Jenkins – KS4 Food & PSE Tutor (PCET)

Louise Newland- KS3 Tutor (Foundation degree childhood studies)

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

Dee Jones – KS3 Tutor (PGCED primary with QTS

 Natalie Falcus – Higher level teaching assistant

Ben Gifford – Learning Support Assistant (PCET)

Marcus Ford- Learning Support Assistant

Elliott Jones- Learning Support Assistant

Sarah Evans - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Kassie Newman- Learning Support Assistant (L3 Learning and Development)

Hayley Byfield- School Cook

ACT Skills Centre, Hadfield Road- Schools Delivery team

Tammy Evans – Behaviour Support

Kelsey Gauchi – Schools Hair Dressing Tutor (PCET)

Trystan Griffiths – Schools Animal Care Tutor (PCET)

Christopher Huxton – School Construction Tutor (PTLLS)

Gareth Evans – Schools Motor Vehicle Tutor (PCET)

Morwenna Tremain- Learning Support Assistant

Our policies

Our Schools Advisory Board

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 advisory board are:

  • Alan Evans, OBE, Chair

Senior Research, Training and Evaluation Consultant, Cardiff University.

  • Mike Glavin
  • Martin Lloyd 
  • Prof. Amanda Kirby
  • Saffron Cooksey-Jones 
  • Cliff Warwick


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

Ocean Park House
East Tyndall Street
CF24 5ET


Contact information

ACT Schools Centre – Splott, Cardiff

Ocean Park House
East Tyndall Street
CF24 5ET

Centre Manager: Kie Baldwin

Tel: 07809 342240

ACT Schools Centre – Grangetown, Cardiff

Cardiff Skills Centre
Unit 4a
Hadfield Road
CF11 8AQ

Centre Manager: Amanda Hodges

Tel: 029 2072 9018   

ACT Schools Centre – Caerphilly

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

Centre Manager: Antony Leach

Tel: 029 2086 7853   

Other contacts:

Senior Schools Provision Manager: Kelly Rowlands

Tel: 029 204 64727


Proprietor of ACT Schools: Andrew Cooksley


Ocean Park House
East Tyndall Street
CF24 5ET


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