ACE days (Years 8/9)

Available to: Year 8 and 9 pupils, London state schools. Priority will be given to schools performing below the national average at GCSE.

Schools are invited to send a group of students to spend half a day at LSE following a specially designed programme of activities that introduce the concept of higher education and the opportunities that attending university will open up to them.

Our Aiming for a College Education (ACE) days aim to encourage Year 8 and 9 pupils to start thinking about the possibility of going into higher education. We hope to give pupils an insight into university life, the opportunities available to them in higher education and teach them something about how it all works.

A typical ACE day timetable follows the structure below:

  • University idea storm
  • Activity - what do you know about university?
  • Higher Education Quiz
  • Activity - what can you do at university?
  • Introduction to university presentation
  • Student panel - Q&A session
  • Campus trail

During these interactive sessions, pupils work in small groups led by LSE students whose job it is to talk pupils through the activities and help pupils get the most out of the day. The day itself is led by a member of LSE WP staff.

Each ACE session lasts half a day and schools can book either a morning session (10am-12noon) or an afternoon session (2pm-4pm). LSE can accommodate up to 30 pupils at a time on ACE days.

ACE sessions take place in March, April and June 2017.

We currently have availability on the following dates this academic term. Please contact us by telephone or email to enquire about booking a session.

Friday 24th March

Wednesday 29th March

Thursday 30th March

Friday 21st April

Monday 24th April

Thursday 27th April

Monday 12th June

Thursday 15th June

Friday 16th June

Contact to discuss specific requirements.


Top priority will be given to non-selective London state schools that meet one or more the following criteria (as defined by the current Department for Education (DfE) Performance Tables):
• Attaining below the national average at GCSE Level
• Have over 35% of students eligible for free school meals

We will then prioritise requests from schools that meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Have 20.1% or more students eligible for Free School Meals
• Have had over 35% of pupils eligible for FSM at any time during the past 6 years according to this field on the DfE Performance Table

In addition to the above, we ask schools to select, where possible, pupils to attend the day who meet at least one of the following:
• In receipt of free school meals and/or Pupil Premium
• Looked after child (in care)
• No parental experience of higher education (HE)
• Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories
• Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits
• Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1 (
• Have a disability
• From an ethnic group which is under represented in higher education.

Students who are selected to participate should have the potential to go on to a Russell Group University.

We will consider, on a case by case basis, requests from schools that do not meet one of the overall criteria for free school meals or GCSE average. When doing so, as a minimum we would expect Schools to demonstrate that participants would meet at least one, preferably more, of the above individual criteria, and provide any other useful contextual information. Such requests would be considered on receipt of the relevant evidence provided and any additional information requested.

Booking procedure
To book a session, please contact us by telephone or email.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.