The ACE Academy

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The ACE Academy
Location Alexandra Road
West Midlands
52°31′56″N 2°02′59″W / 52.53215°N 2.04972°W / 52.53215; -2.04972Coordinates: 52°31′56″N 2°02′59″W / 52.53215°N 2.04972°W / 52.53215; -2.04972
DfE number 333/4001
DfE URN 139328 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1371
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–17
Colours Blue black silver yellow green
Former names

Tipton County Grammar School

Alexandra High School and Sixth Form Centre
Website The ACE Academy

The ACE Academy (ACE standing for Alexandra College of Enterprise[1]) is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Tipton, West Midlands, England.


The ACE Academy mainly serves children aged 11-16 years for KS3 and 16-18 for Sixth Form. Pupils who mainly live in the Great Bridge, Tibbington, Horseley Heath and Tipton Green areas of the town attend the school.

It is situated on Alexandra Road (B4517) towards Toll End (and West Bromwich) and near the crossroads with Church Lane (B4163) and the fire station. It is about a mile from the A41/A461 roundabout at Great Bridge, and about a half-mile north of Dudley Port railway station.


Grammar school[edit]

The school was opened in 1927 as Tipton Central School. It served the local area as a grammar school for boys and girls, and its title was soon altered to Tipton County Grammar School, situated on Alexandra Road. It was administered by the South-West Divisional Executive of Staffordshire Education Committee (based in Dudley), then West Bromwich Education Committee with around 700 boys and girls. The buildings were expanded in 1962 to include a new school hall, kitchen, dining hall, swimming pool, gymnasium and Science classrooms.[2]


Tipton Grammar merged with nearby Park Lane Secondary School in Queens Road in September 1969 and became a comprehensive school. It took the title of Alexandra High School at this time. 'O' Level and 'A' Level pupils were educated at the original site in Alexandra Road, while the younger pupils attended the Park Lane buildings (which dated back to 1904).

New buildings were added to the Alexandra Road site in about 1980, giving younger pupils a chance to have three days a week at the main site, although they still used the Park Lane site twice a week until it closed in July 1990, being demolished the following year. Since 1990, the school has also lost its popularity with children living in the Tipton Green area of the town, with a significant percentage of children in this area selecting High Arcal School in Sedgley as their destination for secondary school following the reduction in the Dudley borough's secondary transfer age from 12 to 11, bringing it into line with Sandwell and the rest of the region.

A new sixth form centre was built in 1995 and the older buildings were partly rebuilt in 2011-12.


The school converted to academy status on 1 March 2013, and was reopened by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex as The ACE Academy.[3] the school is sponsored by the University of Wolverhamptons Education Central Multi Academy Trust.[4]

Academic performance[edit]

In 2006, 25% of GCSE students attained 5 grades at 'C' or above. This placed the school at 13th out of 18 schools in Sandwell. By 2009, it had progressed further with 38% of pupils achieving similar results, placing it as joint eighth of the 17 schools in the borough. [1] This is well under the England average, similar to most schools in Sandwell: only two schools get GCSE results above average.

At A level, results are low, similar again to most schools in Sandwell that offer A levels.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Alexandra High School and Sixth Form Centre[edit]

Tipton Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ The ACE Academy Retrieved 3 February 2016. ACE stands for ‘Alexandra College of Enterprise’  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Brief History of Tipton". Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Countess of Wessex Sophie launches £77m West Bromwich college « Express & Star". 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  4. ^ Web Optic. "About Us - Alexandra School of Enterprise". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  5. ^ "JOE MAYO - TWICE TO THE ORIENT! | Black Country Bugle | Sport". Black Country Bugle. 1951-05-25. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 

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