Headteacher's Welcome


I am delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher of ACE Tiverton Special School. As a new school, we are in a unique position to establish outstanding support and progress for all our students from the moment we open. I am proud to be part of the wider ACE family of schools and educational provision and know that we will benefit from being part of a wider network of specialist providers with a proven track record of securing personal, social and academic progress for all their students.

I have been a school leader for the last ten years, in Bristol and Somerset. With a background in mainstream educational, specialising in the support and progression of SEND and Vulnerable learners, I have most recently been Deputy Headteacher of a specialist SEMH school in Somerset. I join ACE Tiverton with a track record of significant school improvement which puts me in a good position to ensure that the support, progression and challenge our students experience prepares them to be successful, independent and life long learners.

I am passionate about building a learning family with students, staff and families coming together to learn alongside each other. Securing excellent qualifications and post 16 pathways is central to what will achieve together at ACE however, this will be done within the context of educating the whole child, helping them to discover their skills, talents and interests both within and beyond the classroom.

Leading the ACE Tiverton family is a privilege and challenge – one that I look forward to meeting alongside the fantastic staff, students and families that will be part of our school community. We will work together to deliver the very highest level and quality of support, personalising to meet the needs of the individual whilst working together to develop the core social, emotional and communication skills central to being successful citizens.

Over the next few months, I will meet with all the students and families who will be joining us in September. As we recruit our innovative, creative, flexible and enthusiastic staff members, we will ensure that there is contact and meetings as frequently as possible to ensure the smoothest of transitions for all our students. I know that this can be a time of anxiety for young people and their families, so I aim to ensure that there are regular communication and updates about the key issues that matter. To start us off, please find attached several ‘Frequently Asked Questions’; as I begin my post on 23rd April and start to meet with all the people involved in the ACE Tiverton Special School Community, I will update these questions and answers, posting them on our website to enable all interested parties to know more about the developing school community. For those families that have confirmed places with us, we will ensure that updates are emailed directly to parents and carers to be shared with our students.

I look forward to meeting with you all over the course of the summer term; if you have any questions or queries at this stage, please don’t hesitate to contact me via TivertonHead@acemat.uk.

Hannah Smart