Resourced Provision for Specific Literacy Difficulties - ACE - Trinity School

Last updated: 20/11/2023

The ACE Provision at Trinity School delivers intensive, structured, specialist intervention for pupils with severe and long standing specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).

The ACE Resource has space for 30 students in years 7-13. In Year 7, students benefit from ten hours a week of high quality teaching within a small group setting in classrooms within ACE. Seven of these hours are dedicated to literacy teaching with the remaining hours being used to deliver highly differentiated humanities lessons. In Year 8, students receive six hours a week of literacy teaching in ACE. All of our ACE students are then supported by TAs within mainstream lessons. Small group teaching helps students to realise that they are not unique in their difficulties and supports them in adjusting to secondary school life. 

All ACE students are regularly reviewed and progress is monitored to help tailor intervention. ACE staff work closely with mainstream teachers to ensure lessons are differentiated and students appropriately supported. 

ACE also offer a homework club to students who need extra support with tasks. ELSA is available within ACE to those students who may require greater support with social and emotional issues. 

It is of great importance to all ACE staff that communication with parents/carers is regular and that trusting relationships are built between Trinity, ACE and home. We welcome contact via emails or telephone calls and are extremely willing to discuss all matters no matter how small. In this way, all students are fully supported at all times and parents are able to play an active role in supporting the work of the provision. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Miss C Rankin
Contact Position
Teacher in Charge
01635 510500
Trinity ACE Resource

Where to go

Trinity School
Love Lane
West Berkshire
RG14 2DU

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term time
Time of day

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

All applications for admission to ACE (Accelerated Education) must be made via primary schools and the West Berkshire SEND team but we are willing to discuss the suitability of ACE for a young person at any point. 

ACE is for secondary school students aged 11-18.

Other notes

What qualifications/experience do staff in the Provision have?

Specialist qualifications in SpLD and teaching experience for students with SpLD. 

 HLTA: Higher Level Teaching Assistant / ELSA trained

 TAs: Teaching Assistants with training and qualifications in SpLD. 

What training and support is offered to mainstream staff?

CPD offered to all ACE staff with close liaison with the local authority about providing up to date training. 

On going support for mainstream teachers who teach ACE children. TA support provided within lessons and extra support and professional development offered whenever needed. 

Local Offer


Number of Teachers: 2

Number  of Support staff: 4

6-8 hours of specialist, intensive and structured small group literacy teaching from years 7-8. Mainstream lesson support for all ACE students. 

Contact Name
Miss C Rankin: Teacher in Charge
Contact Telephone
01635 510500
Contact Email
Trinity School ACE Unit
SEN Provision Type
Specific Literacy Difficulties
Local Offer Age Bands
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

The ACE Resource can be accessed via a lift at the end of the corridor and there is an accessible toilet outside ACE. 

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

The Specific Learning Difficulty Resource can cater for students who meet the following criteria:

• Meet the LA’s statutory assessment criteria for an Education, Health and Care plan with a Primary Need of Specific Learning Difficulty/dyslexia

• Have a specific learning difficulty in relation to reading and spelling which has a significant impact on learning and development

• Have significantly delayed development and progress in reading and/or spelling, performing below the second percentile in these areas

• Have a standardised reading accuracy score of 75 or less

• Have a standardised spelling score of 75 of less

• Have a significant area of weakness in phonological processing

• Have a significant area of weakness in working memory

• Have severe and complex specific learning difficulties which have persisted after appropriate learning opportunities in the form of well-founded interventions focused on reading and spelling

• Have a level of ability within the range expected in a mainstream school

• Demonstrate the ability to function within a mainstream educational setting with appropriate differentiation

• Require intensive, specialist teaching and support to achieve the outcomes identified within their EHC Plan, this includes:

• A highly personalised programme to support needs associated with a specific literacy difficulty within a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of individual students

• Intensive support, input and advice from teachers qualified and experienced in teaching students with specific learning difficulties in relation to reading and spelling

• Highly structured teaching delivered intensively and regularly

• A high level of support across the curriculum to include appropriate individual intervention and/or small group work

• Supported inclusion in the mainstream environment

• Access to alternative means of recording and presenting work in lessons

• Access to alternative means of recording lesson content

• An environment and ethos of awareness of the needs of students with Specific Learning Difficulties (reading and spelling) within the wider school, and where all staff have relevant training.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

Applications are made directly through the LA by the primary school the student attends. There is a specialist ACE Panel that meets during the autumn term, during a students last year in primary school, to consider applications for placement in Year 7 the following year. Those who live outside West Berkshire must contact the LA in the first instance. Local Authority SEND Team, Telephone number: 01635 519713. 



What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

We respond to consultations with 15days of receiving the consult and all supporting documentation. 

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Inspection outcomes/quality awards

The school was last inspected by OFSTED in July 2018. The school was found to be Good with particular praise regarding how SEND is led and managed within the school. The report noted that “those with special educational needs make good progress and gain valuable qualifications.”

Feedback and complaints procedure

Any complaints should be directed initially to the Teacher in Charge of the Resource (Miss C Rankin), or to the Head teacher at the school (Dr C Wilson). If issues remain unresolved the Service Manager for SEN and Disabled Children’s Team should be contacted: SEN and DCT Service Manager, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD. Telephone number - 01635 503646.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

All staff receive regular safeguarding training and are DBS checked. All staff and students will be subject to school policies and procedures including health and safety, safeguarding.

Quality checks

  • DBS check

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