ACE High days (Years 10/11)

Available to: Year 10 and 11 pupils, London state schools. Priority will be given to schools performing below the national average.

ACE High days are for Year 10 and 11 pupils who have already had a basic introduction to university and are ready to explore higher education in more detail. These interactive sessions are a fun and enjoyable way for Year 10 and 11 pupils to explore various aspects of student life.

A typical session looks at:

  • The financial responsibilities of being a student
  • Progression routes into higher education
  • Research skills
  • Work/social life balance

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 High session lasts half a day and schools can book either a morning session (10am-12noon) or an afternoon session (2-4pm). 

LSE can accommodate up to 30 pupils at a time on ACE High days.

ACE sessions take place in March, April and 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. 

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

To book a session, please contact us by phone or email

Students working around a table