Erasmus Darwin Academy continues to attract even greater numbers of academically more able students each year. As a result, the Academy has tailored its provision with the launch of the ACE Learning Programme. The ACE learning programme is a bespoke learning pathway designed to deliver high Achievement, Challenge and Extension for the most able of our students. As the Government rightly demands the best outcomes for all young people, the Academy is committed to ensuring that the brightest students reach their potential by gaining the highest possible academic achievement. Through the ACE programme, the Academy ensures that the highest outcomes are expected on a daily basis through accelerated learning in every classroom! Outside the classroom, our students and parents are able to access ACE homework tasks online in order to stretch and challenge our students. These students have enjoyed a wealth of additional opportunities in recent months: the Guardian creative writing and short stories competition; BAFTA computer game design workshop; the Geographical Association Staffordshire university challenge; an exclusive visit to the Houses of Parliament to pose questions to our MPs! Numbers are growing all the time: there are currently 130 students between the ages of 11 to 17 enjoying the new programme. In 2016, the Principal, Bernice Astling is keen to innovate teaching and learning further, providing the highest quality education for all students at the Academy.