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 academic year 2017-18, our achievements include:

  • 93% of our learners achieving targeted behavioural and educational outcomes which were mutually agreed between the learner, local authority and ourselves and were set in relation to their ability and the length of time on programme.
  • Unprecedented success in GCSE results with 100% of learners who sat their exams succeeding.
  • 75% of our learners positively progressing on to post 16 destinations and the remaining 25% engaged with Careers Wales.


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 of 28 are 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 7 vocational tutors in ACT Skills Centre who deliver all of our route based programs.

ACT Schools Management Team

Kelly Rowlands- Senior Schools Manager & Safeguarding Officer (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 Schools- Splott, Cardiff

Leanne Bannister- KS4 Creative Media Tutor (PCET)

Adam Mayo- KS4 Sport Tutor (PCET)

Lisa Bailey- KS4 English and Maths Tutor (PGCE PCET)


Dave Parker- KS3 Tutor (Primary PGCE with QTS)

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

David Carroll – KS3 Tutor (BA Sports development & PGCE)

Naomi Bellringer- High Level Teaching Assistant (BA Education)

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

Natalie Porter- Learning Support Assistant (Foundation degree in teaching and learning)

ACT 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 (PGCE) - 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 (Ba hons primary education with QTS)

Ben Gifford – Learning Support Assistant (PCET)

Marcus Ford- Learning Support Assistant (Youth and Community Degree)

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 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:


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


Telephone number: 07809 342240

ACT Schools Centre – Grangetown, Cardiff


Cardiff Skills Centre
Unit 4a
Hadfield Road
CF11 8AQ

Centre Manager: Amanda Hodges


Telephone number: 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


Telephone number: 029 2086 7853   

Other contacts:

Senior Schools Provision Manager: Kelly Rowlands


Telephone number: 029 204 64727


Proprietor of ACT Schools: Andrew Cooksley


Ocean Park House

East Tyndall Street


CF24 5ET


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